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Baltimore Sun staff | March 19, 2012
Baltimore Sun reporters, columnists and editors analyze the Denver Broncos' reported acquisition of former Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning. Jeff Zrebiec (Ravens/NFL reporter): The Denver Broncos got Peyton Manning's first visit and they seemed to be the most logical landing spot for the quarterback all along. They have a young group of wide receivers, a strong defense and one of the better quarterbacks in NFL history as a top executive. Is there any doubt that the Broncos' visit to Baltimore will be a prime-time game?
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Mike Preston | September 1, 2014
As usual, the Super Bowl champions suffered a drain of talent in the offseason. But that won't stop the Seattle Seahawks from winning a second straight NFL title. Repeating as champion is difficult, so much in fact that the last team to do it was the New England Patriots after the 2003 and 2004 seasons. The Seahawks also lost two offensive starters in free agency, and they cut two on defense to alleviate salary cap concerns. But Seattle is still loaded, especially on defense, which should carry it to the Super Bowl where the Seahawks will defeat either the Denver Broncos or the Patriots from the AFC. The Seahawks have allowed the fewest points in the league the past two seasons.
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By Matt Vensel | June 20, 2013
In anticipation of the 2013 NFL season, Baltimore Sun blogger and reporter Matt Vensel will take a daily look at one of the 13 opponents on the Ravens' regular-season schedule. Today is the Denver Broncos . On Sept. 5, the wait will be over. The Ravens will open the 2013 NFL season against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos, the team they beat in last year's double-overtime divisional round thriller. As you may have heard, this game will be played in Denver, where loud, lubed-up Broncos fans will fill up Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2014
Scott Otto feared he was about to lose one of his most promising players to another sport, so the Nathan Hale High football coach approached sophomore Rick Wagner and offered a compromise. "I said, 'Ricky, I know you're into basketball, but I'd love for you to play football,'" Otto recalled. "Obviously, he was worried about injury, so I said, 'You know what, I'll put you at wide receiver. All you've got to do is catch passes.' At the time, he was probably 6-foot-4, 220 pounds. I said, 'This will actually help you with basketball.
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Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | January 12, 2013
When the best game that almost every Ravens' player had ever been a part of was finally over, Joe Flacco threw his hands in the air, Justin Tucker emphatically pumped his fist and Ray Lewis dropped to his knees, reduced to tears. Tucker's 47-yard field goal 1 minute and 42 seconds into the second overtime ended a thrilling and exhausting divisional round playoff game and sent the Ravens into the AFC championship game for the second straight year. The 38-35 victory over the Denver Broncos earns the Ravens a date with the winner of Sunday's game between the New England Patriots and Houston Texans.
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The Baltimore Sun | September 6, 2013
A look at what other media outlets are saying about the Ravens' loss to the Denver Broncos in the season opener Thursday night. * Yahoo Sports' Frank Schwab doesn't think the Ravens could have started their Super Bowl title defense in a worse way than last night's lopsided loss . The last time the Baltimore Ravens were in this stadium, many of them sprinted off the field and through the tunnel with joy, to find some warmth and celebration...
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | February 4, 2014
In about a four hour span Sunday, the Denver Broncos went from offensive juggernaut to overmatched and overwhelmed against a swarming Seattle Seahawks defense that is among the best in recent memory. The Broncos are better than the team that barely showed up for the Super Bowl. They just picked the worst possible time to play their worst four quarters of the season. The stars had seemed to be aligned for the Broncos to win the Super Bowl and for quarterback Peyton Manning, the NFL's Most Valuable Player, to further bolster his legacy.
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | December 14, 2012
If you looked at the Ravens' schedule a few weeks ago, it seemed like little more than an intriguing late-season test against a fellow divisional leader, a chance to glimpse the revived Peyton Manning in his unfamiliar orange uniform. But after a tumultuous week in Ravenstown, Sunday's home game against Denver Broncos shapes up as something far bigger - a potential pivot point in the uncertain plot of the 2012 season. The Ravens hope to end a streak of dispiriting losses in which their wounded defense has failed to hold late-game leads.
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By Edward Lee | December 19, 2012
Two time zones and a few thousand miles didn't prevent Eli Manning from seeking some advice about the Ravens defense from a trusted source: his older brother. The New York Giants quarterback admitted that he has already talked to Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning about the Ravens, who absorbed a 34-17 defeat at the hands of the Broncos last Sunday. “I talked to him a little bit and watched the game,” Eli Manning said during a conference call with Baltimore media Wednesday.
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By Alexander Pyles and The Baltimore Sun | January 31, 2014
Pay attention, Pete Carroll. A Seahawks coach has your game plan vs. Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning figured out -- he's just not on the Seattle staff. South River Seahawks football coach Lance Clelland said that if he were coaching this weekend, his focus would be on forcing Manning and the Broncos offense out of their comfort zone. "The Seattle Seahawks certainly have a big challenge defensively," Clelland said Friday. "I am sure they would agree that when facing such a great QB and historic passing offense, the plan is to slow them down and disrupt Denver's offensive rhythm and timing more than anything else.
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Mike Preston | August 4, 2014
In theory, the West Coast offense doesn't appear to be ideal for an East Coast football team. Gary Kubiak's version, though, might be the perfect fit for the Ravens. The short, quick passes still will be a major staple of their offense, but in Kubiak's system, the running game sets up the pass. When John Elway was the Denver Broncos' quarterback, he won back-to-back Super Bowl s in 1998 and 1999 with Kubiak as the offensive coordinator. Elway expects Kubiak to also be successful in Baltimore, where he will debut as the Ravens' offensive coordinator Thursday night against the San Francisco 49ers in their preseason opener.
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | March 10, 2014
Corey Graham exceeded the expectations of just about everyone beyond himself and the Ravens after he signed as a free agent two offseasons ago. He had been a special teams standout for the Chicago Bears before joining the Ravens, who promised him a chance to prove himself as a cornerback. Graham entered the 2012 season fourth on the depth chart at his position, but after injuries to Lardarius Webb and Jimmy Smith, he found himself in the starting lineup and rarely looked out of place.
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | February 4, 2014
In about a four hour span Sunday, the Denver Broncos went from offensive juggernaut to overmatched and overwhelmed against a swarming Seattle Seahawks defense that is among the best in recent memory. The Broncos are better than the team that barely showed up for the Super Bowl. They just picked the worst possible time to play their worst four quarters of the season. The stars had seemed to be aligned for the Broncos to win the Super Bowl and for quarterback Peyton Manning, the NFL's Most Valuable Player, to further bolster his legacy.
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Mike Preston | February 3, 2014
When the Seattle Seahawks' Percy Harvin returned the opening kickoff of the second half 87 yards for a touchdown, all the anxious moments turned toward Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning. There was fear for his health. With the Seahawks holding a 29-0 lead at that point, the only way for Denver to rally was to have Manning dropping back almost every play, and this could have turned into a Seattle feeding frenzy. It didn't. So as the celebrations started on the field and Seattle won its first championship with a 43-8 win over Denver in Super Bowl XLVIII, Manning jogged a little before shaking hands with some Seahawks.
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By Peter Schmuck and The Baltimore Sun | February 3, 2014
Chalk this one up to that old cliché about good pitching beating good hitting. The Seattle Seahawks showed again that championships really are won on defense, and they did it against one of the greatest quarterbacks in the history of the NFL. Five-time NFL MVP Peyton Manning was on his heels all night, which was quite a switch from a regular season in which he seldom got a grass stain on his uniform. His top-rated Denver Broncos offense looked disoriented from the start, saving their worst performance of the season for the sport's biggest stage.
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By David Selig and The Baltimore Sun | February 1, 2014
There are so many Super Bowl predictions out there that it's going to be tough to remember who got their picks right and wrong. (If you're interested, our staff picks are up here and we also polled a number of top area high school coaches .) When it comes to the professional talking heads, ESPN posted a release with the predictions of its vast roster of NFL pundits . Trent Dilfer, who quarterbacked the Ravens to the Super Bowl XXXV title, is among the majority that picks the Denver Broncos to defeat the Seattle Seahawks.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | September 14, 2013
The Ravens will commemorate their Super Bowl XLVII victory one final time before Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns with a video tribute and the unveiling of world champion banners. Whether they pay homage to last year's team by getting back to the same offensive script from their stunning postseason run is not as clear. The offseason trade of wide receiver Anquan Boldin and injuries to tight end Dennis Pitta and wide receiver Jacoby Jones has resuscitated a familiar debate surrounding the team: should the Ravens, at least until quarterback Joe Flacco gains more chemistry with his new-look receiving corps, go back to a familiar offensive formula of Pro Bowl running back Ray Rice or Bernard Pierce repeatedly following Pro Bowl fullback Vonta Leach through holes?
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By Edward Lee and The Baltimore Sun | January 9, 2013
How the Ravens plan to attack Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is the dominant storyline surrounding Saturday's AFC Divisional playoff contest. But another concern revolves around Knowshon Moreno. The 5-foot-11, 200-pound running back gashed the defense for 118 yards and one touchdown on 22 carries in the Ravens' 34-17 loss to Denver on Dec. 16. Moreno became the fourth opponent to rush for more than 100 yards against the defense in the regular season, and several members of the run unit said they are looking forward to getting another crack at him. “It hurt,” outside linebacker Albert McClellan said.
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By Alexander Pyles and The Baltimore Sun | January 31, 2014
Pay attention, Pete Carroll. A Seahawks coach has your game plan vs. Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning figured out -- he's just not on the Seattle staff. South River Seahawks football coach Lance Clelland said that if he were coaching this weekend, his focus would be on forcing Manning and the Broncos offense out of their comfort zone. "The Seattle Seahawks certainly have a big challenge defensively," Clelland said Friday. "I am sure they would agree that when facing such a great QB and historic passing offense, the plan is to slow them down and disrupt Denver's offensive rhythm and timing more than anything else.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | January 28, 2014
As the defensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos from 2000 to 2006, Larry Coyer went against Gary Kubiak's offense every day in practice. In the same role with the Indianapolis Colts from 2009 to 2011, Coyer was forced to deal with Kubiak's Houston Texans' offenses twice a year in games. He knew exactly what to expect - the play-action passes and bootlegs, the stretch runs, the zone-blocking scheme - yet it never got any easier to stop. That's why when Coyer heard the news Monday that the Ravens had hired Kubiak as their offensive coordinator and his long-time lieutenant Rick Dennison as their quarterback coach, he immediately thought of Joe Flacco and Ray Rice and imagined the possibilities.
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