The Denver Broncos took a chance on long-time Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning because they felt they were close to winning a title, and they thought he could be the difference; so far, so good. Since Manning’s arrival, the Broncos have looked as good as they have in years, and enter this week’s divisional bout with the Baltimore Ravens as the league’s hottest team (10 straight wins). However, it’s not just all about Manning in Denver, as the solid defense from 2011 is even better this year, and has helped the Broncos display a very balanced and consistent team that is a legit threat to win it all this season.
The Baltimore Ravens may have something to say about that, however, as they’re powered by a retiring Ray Lewis who should have every Ravens player playing their hearts out this week. Two talented teams combine forces with immeasurable emotion in this one, which comes in at a $261/ticket on average, with a low price of $95. With prices actually 3% below the regular season average for Denver Broncos tickets, fans are getting quite a deal for what should be a hotly contested game. Prices are down 44% in the last two weeks, and could continue to fall as game day approaches.
It’s surprising this game isn’t higher in price this week, as the winner jumps to the AFC title game. Baltimore is playing to get back to that game, where they fell to the Patriots last season, while the Broncos haven’t been that far in the post-season in years.
While this game is all about Joe Flacco and Ray Lewis for Baltimore, it’s without a doubt all about Peyton Manning for the Broncos. Only John Elway has ever guided the Broncos to a Super Bowl appearance (let alone a win), so the pressure is on The Sheriff to help get the Broncos back to the Promised Land. That difficult journey starts at home against a hungry Ravens defense that figures to play a lot better than they had for much of 2012. However, with a 10-game run still rolling, it’s hard to bet against the Broncos come this weekend.
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