|Last 3 Games||3-0||+3||2-1||1-2||24.7||9.0||376.3||(5.6)||1.0||15.0||7.7||298.0||(5.5)||1.3|
|Offense (All Games)||28.8||10.0||22.9||30:03||28-106||(3.8)||25-37||68.2%||285||(7.6)||65-391||(6)||(13.5)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||24||11.1||19.9||30:42||26-111||(4.2)||22-35||62.4%||245||(7)||61-356||(5.8)||(14.9)|
|Offense Road Games||26.7||8.7||21.9||28:56||26-88||(3.4)||26-37||70.4%||287||(7.8)||62-374||(6)||(14)|
|Defense (All Games)||19.8||11.2||19.0||29:57||26-94||(3.6)||21-36||58.5%||216||(6)||62-309||(5)||(15.7)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||23.8||12.4||20.5||31:51||27-109||(4.1)||23-36||61.9%||250||(6.9)||63-359||(5.7)||(15.1)|
|Defense Road Games||20.1||12.0||21.1||31:04||29-109||(3.8)||22-35||62.4%||210||(6.1)||63-319||(5)||(15.8)|
|Stats For (All Games)||0.8||1.0||1.8||-0.2||13-6||44.1%||0-0||60.0%||2-48||(23.8)||3-31||(10.6)||6-49|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||0.9||0.7||1.6||1.9||13-5||39.3%||1-0||49.8%||3-64||(23.5)||22-2||(9.9)||6-50|
|Stats For (Road Games)||1.1||1.1||2.3||-0.4||13-6||44.3%||0-0||66.7%||3-66||(25.8)||2-21||(9.4)||6-50|
|Stats Against (All Games)||1.2||0.5||1.6|| ||14-4||32.6%||1-0||46.2%||2-37||(20.8)||2-10||(5.2)||8-61|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||0.9||0.6||1.5|| ||13-5||39.9%||1-0||45.5%||3-60||(22.7)||19-2||(8.5)||6-51|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||1.3||0.6||1.9|| ||13-5||34.4%||0-0||33.3%||3-62||(21.7)||2-9||(4.2)||8-67|
|Last 3 Games||1-2||-2.6||1-2||2-1||21.3||11.3||363.3||(5.5)||1.3||22.3||10.0||355.3||(5.8)||1.3|
|Offense (All Games)||25.5||12.7||19.5||27:51||26-109||(4.2)||21-35||59.9%||236||(6.8)||60-344||(5.7)||(13.5)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||23.1||11.1||19.3||29:26||26-109||(4.2)||21-35||60.5%||231||(6.7)||61-340||(5.6)||(14.7)|
|Offense Home Games||34.0||16.2||22.8||26:58||24-103||(4.2)||22-35||63.0%||296||(8.4)||60-399||(6.7)||(11.7)|
|Defense (All Games)||21.0||10.9||21.9||33:28||32-129||(4.1)||22-37||60.9%||247||(6.7)||68-376||(5.5)||(17.9)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||22.8||11.3||20.3||31:08||28-115||(4.2)||22-36||61.9%||240||(6.7)||64-355||(5.6)||(15.6)|
|Defense Home Games||21.8||10.5||23.5||33:02||28-107||(3.8)||26-41||61.8%||283||(6.8)||70-391||(5.6)||(17.9)|
|Stats For (All Games)||0.7||0.3||1.0||0.9||13-5||37.3%||1-0||40.0%||3-99||(28.7)||2-22||(9.7)||7-67|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||0.8||0.7||1.6||1.7||13-5||38.3%||1-0||51.9%||3-69||(23)||22-2||(10.3)||6-55|
|Stats For (Home Games)||0.7||0.2||0.8||1.0||11-4||40.0%||1-0||50.0%||3-99||(31.2)||1-12||(8.1)||9-79|
|Stats Against (All Games)||1.0||0.9||1.9|| ||15-6||37.8%||1-0||50.0%||2-51||(23)||3-26||(8.3)||7-60|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||0.8||0.7||1.5|| ||14-5||38.8%||1-0||54.8%||3-63||(22.9)||26-2||(10.4)||7-57|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||1.0||0.8||1.8|| ||15-6||38.5%||1-1||50.0%||2-58||(24.7)||2-17||(6.9)||8-71|
|Average power rating of opponents played: DENVER 19.9, BALTIMORE 20.1|
|11/25/2012||@ KANSAS CITY||17-9||W||-10.5||L||41.5||U||24-95||22-37-273||1||31-148||13-26-116||1|
|12/16/2012||@ BALTIMORE|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/23/2012||CLEVELAND|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/30/2012||KANSAS CITY|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|11/25/2012||@ SAN DIEGO||16-13||W||-1||W||47||U||35-127||30-51-316||0||23-91||23-36-189||0|
|12/16/2012||DENVER|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/23/2012||NY GIANTS|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/30/2012||@ CINCINNATI|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|DENVER: This entire offense will obviously be revamped going from Tim Tebow to Peyton Manning. Before they scrapped the entire playbook to run Tebow's zone-spread stuff, they were reinstalling a more traditional zone-blocking scheme under o-line coach Dave Magazu (they had moved to more of a man scheme under Josh McDaniels' regime). Willis McGahee will have an adjustment to make again; he benefitted from the threat of Tebow last year, but was mediocre in traditional sets and put the ball on the ground far too much. Rookie Ronnie Hillman could push him on early downs and also see a good portion of the reps on third down. This offense is basically being handed over to Peyton Manning. Manning's offense is all about feel; it's a lot of option routes and adjustments at the line of scrimmage. Demaryius Thomas is his most gifted receiver, but he'll have a major adjustment to make after playing in a run-heavy, triple-option offense in college, then Tebow's zone-read in his first significant NFL action. Eric Decker, who has experience in pro style offenses, should be able to pick this up more quickly. The Broncos figure to use two tight ends often, with Joel Dreessen blocking while Jacob Tamme plays more H-back and occasional slot as a receiver. The Broncos' first option will be to throw it in the red zone. During his time with the Colts, Manning would go to the line with a passing play and audible to a run only if needed. John Fox certainly made his mark felt on the defense in his first year as Denver's head coach. The Broncos D will benefit from Peyton Manning leading longer drives on offense in 2012. The healthy return of Elvis Dumervil to partner with Von Miller forms a potent pass-rushing LB tandem. After missing 2010 with a torn pectoral muscle, Dumervil took a while to adjust to Denver's new 4-3 scheme. He had all 9.5 of his sacks in November/December, showing he's very capable of returning to his 2009 form. Miller isn't consistent against the run, but he is a 15-sack threat. He struggled late last year, with just two total tackles and zero sacks over the final three weeks, but that can likely be chalked up to him hitting the rookie wall. |
|BALTIMORE: The Ravens have slowly and successfully transitioned to a zone-blocking scheme over the past couple of seasons. They've steadily mixed in more and more zone stretch plays for Ray Rice and have had plenty of success doing it, especially now that their line heavily utilizes cut blocking. They still use a lot of two-back sets with Rice running behind Vonta Leach. Rice will take a very heavy load again; even with Ricky Williams on the roster last season, Rice played more than 75 percent of their offensive snaps, so expect rookie Bernard Pierce to be used sparingly. Baltimore keeps it very conservative in the red zone, running it more than half the time inside the 20, and nearly 60 percent of the time in goal-to-go situations last year. Rice takes pretty much all the red zone reps. Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron had always wanted to stretch the field but never had the receiver to do it until Torrey Smith emerged last season. Cameron has said he'll use more two tight end sets, as they did toward the end of last season. Dennis Pitta outperformed Ed Dickson in the second half of the year and is the one receiver Joe Flacco consistently looked for over the middle. Rice will also continue to have a huge role in the passing game, not only as a safety valve, but also on screens and in the slot to create mismatches. Anquan Boldin was a popular target in the end zone last year. The off-season Achilles' injury to reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year Terrell Suggs could be enough to keep this from being an elite defense. Baltimore does have experience in veterans Ed Reed and Ray Lewis'neither of whom shows any significant signs of slowing down'and Haloti Ngata is one of the best interior linemen in the league. Cornerback Lardarius Webb capped his first year as a starter with three interceptions in the playoffs, and Bernard Pollard had 89 total tackles (62 solo) in 15 games (including playoffs) as a full-time player. |
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO FOOTBALL PREVIEW (DENVER-BALTIMORE) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Broncos-Ravens Preview* ========================
By JEFF BARTL STATS Writer
The Denver Broncos' five previous visits to Baltimore haven't gone very well, but they also didn't have Peyton Manning under center.
With the teams battling for AFC playoff positioning, Manning looks to help guide Denver to its ninth straight victory Sunday while winning his ninth consecutive start against the Ravens, whose offense is now being run by one of Manning's mentors.
Manning has been stellar in his first season with Denver, throwing for an AFC-best 30 touchdowns with a 104.0 passer rating that ranks fourth in the NFL while guiding the Broncos (10-3) to the AFC West title.
He finished 26 of 36 for 310 yards and a touchdown Dec. 6 in a 26-13 win at Oakland to give the team its longest winning streak since the 1998 John Elway-led Broncos won their first 13 games en route to their second straight Super Bowl.
Denver has dropped each of its five trips to Baltimore - including the last two by a combined 37 points - but Manning may be who it needs to end that streak.
Manning has won each of his last eight starts versus the Ravens, including two postseason victories. He led Indianapolis to a win in the divisional playoffs the last time he faced them Jan. 16, 2010.
"I can't speak to the past," said Manning, who has won four times in Baltimore during that stretch. "All I know is, we're going on the road, playing an excellent team."
The Broncos are one game ahead of the Ravens (9-4) for the No. 3 seed in the AFC playoff race, and coach John Fox believes his team will have a tough time extending its winning streak.
"This will be a playoff-type game," Fox said. "You're talking about a team that's been in the playoffs four straight years, I think coach (John) Harbaugh's done a tremendous job. They've got excellent staff, excellent football team, they know how to win and part of that is being tough at home. They've only lost one game there this year (out of six)."
Harbaugh said his team knows what's at stake.
"It's a big game - we don't really need an incentive," Harbaugh said. "The fact that us and Denver are both kind of in the mix for seeding and for division championships and those kind of things, that makes it really interesting. This is a game that everybody should be excited about."
The Ravens, though, enter on a two-game skid after falling 31-28 in overtime at Washington last Sunday. They also lost 23-20 on Dec. 2 when Pittsburgh kicked a field goal as time expired to end Baltimore's 16-game home winning streak.
The Ravens' last home loss to anyone other than the Steelers was to Manning and the Colts on Nov. 22, 2009.
Indianapolis' coach that day will now be calling plays for Baltimore after Harbaugh on Monday made what he called one of the toughest decisions of his career. With four turnovers in the past two weeks and the offense sputtering at 344.4 yards per game - 18th in the NFL - the Ravens fired offensive coordinator Cam Cameron and replaced him with Jim Caldwell.
Caldwell has served as Baltimore's quarterbacks coach this season after being fired by Indianapolis in January.
"The little time that he's been here, we've had a great working relationship," said Joe Flacco, who went 16 of 21 for 182 yards and three touchdowns last week.
That's not surprising given Caldwell's relationship with Manning while serving as his quarterbacks coach for seven seasons and head coach for three with the Colts.
"I felt like he really took my game to another level," Manning said. "He's also a tremendous mentor and friend to me."
While the Ravens' offense gets accustomed to a new leader, the defense has plenty of holes to fill.
Ray Lewis, Terrell Suggs and Lardarius Webb all have missed time with serious injuries, and starting linebacker Jameel McClain has been ruled out Sunday due to back and neck problems.
Suggs (bicep) may be back this week after sitting out against Washington, while there's a chance Lewis (triceps) could play for the first time since Week 6.
Defensive back Asa Jackson also was suspended four games Tuesday for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing drugs, depleting an already thin secondary.
Baltimore's once feared-defense ranks 24th overall (375.9 yards per game) and 25th against the run (129.3).
"This is by far one of those years," safety Ed Reed said. "I think when coach first got here, second year, we had a lot of injuries. But not like this."
Denver, meanwhile, is one of two teams to be among the top 10 in both total offense and defense, ranking fourth in each category. Knowshon Moreno ran for 119 yards and a touchdown against Oakland - the second-highest rushing total of his career.
"I think any quarterback would tell you that his best friend is a good running game," Manning said. "It's a tough bunch against the run, starting in Baltimore, but we feel it's important, like all season, to be balanced."
Ravens running back Ray Rice, who had a season-high 121 yards last week, rushed for 133 yards and a touchdown in a 31-17 win over Denver in the most recent meeting Oct. 10, 2010.
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