Welcome to week 8 of the NFL season. Week 8 finds the Broncos one of only 3 remaining undefeated teams, sharing that distinction with the New Orleans Saints, and the Indianapolis Colts after Brett Favre and the Minnesota Vikings lost their first game to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Denver faces a very physical Baltimore Ravens team also coming off a bye week. The Ravens have dropped the last 3 games and will come into this game with something to prove, and to try and get back into the division race for the NFC north where they are currently in 3rd. The Broncos are looking to pick up were they left off, and come out of Baltimore with at least a 3 game lead on the San Diego Chargers in the AFC west division race.
This will probably be the most physical game the Broncos have played to date, as the Ravens have one of the most agressive defenses in the NFL. The Ravens also have the 5th highest total offensive yards per game, and are averaging 28 points and almost 400 yards.
The flip side of the picture is that the Ravens have yet to face a defense playing as solid as Denver. Denver comes into this week allowing a league low 11 points a game, and only allowing 260 total yards to opossing teams. Look for "DOOM" to be harassing Ravens QB Joe Flacco and increasing his season sack total. Elvis Dumervil leads the NFL in sacks at 10 and has been a big part of Denvers pash rush. The Ravens have allowed 10 sacks thus far this season, but as was stated before, they haven't played a defense of this caliber to date.
The Ravens have allowed signifigant passing yards this season, and if K.O. Kyle can continue his efficency look for big days from wide recievers Brandon Marshall, Eddie Royal, and Jabar Gaffney. Denver's rushing attack has been effective, ranking 7th in the league, but the Ravens are allowing only 91 yards per game on the ground this season, so for Denver to win, they will need some big runs from Moreno and Buckhalter, or this game will be tough.
In my opinion this game is about as evenly matched as it gets. To date McDaniels has been able to game plan very well against opposing teams, and as long as Dawkins is back and healthy look for this game to be close.
Prediction Denver 17, Baltimore 13