Baltimore Ravens Week One: Broncos News and Notes


Week One is another matchup against Peyton Manning as the Baltimore Ravens will travel to the Mile High City to take on the Denver Broncos. What makes this matchup extra juicy for both teams is that Gary Kubiak is now the Broncos head coach after serving as the offensive coordinator for Baltimore last season.

The Ravens have to play better than the last time they opened a season in Denver. Manning and company torched the Ravens secondary for seven touchdowns in a 49-27 beat down at Mile High Stadium to kick off the 2013 season. Things are a lot different now for both teams, but you know the result of the last game is still on the minds of John Harbaugh and Joe Flacco.

Every week, we will give you a rundown of the news surrounding the upcoming opponent. Here is what our friends over at Predominantly Orange, the home for the Broncos on the FanSided Network, have to say about their team heading into the regular season opener against the Ravens:

Emmanuel Sanders excited for new role
By Tylor Walden

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Much like the Ravens, the Broncos have a bit of a dilemma when it comes to kick return duties. Kubiak has tabbed Sanders as the primary return man, which is interesting considering that Sanders is such a prominent figure on the offense as well. The Ravens have been reluctant to put Steve Smith Sr. as their primary returner, but it looks as though the Broncos have no problem with their starting receiver fielding kicks. Sanders hasn’t fielded punts since his collegiate at SMU, and the Ravens will be hopeful that the lack of repetitions could lead to a turnover.

Shane Ray ready to make early impact
By Sayre Bedinger

The Broncos have had impact players rushing the passer for some time now and the team is hopeful that Ray is the next in line of great pass rushers. It all started when the Broncos brought in now-Raven Elvis Dumervil. Since then, they’ve brought in Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware, and might have the steak of the draft in Ray. Ray was expected to be selected in the first 10 picks of the 2015 draft, but fell because he was cited for possession of marijuana just days before the draft.

Denver Broncos Set to Start 2015 – Questions Still Linger
By Adam Malnati

Again, just like the Ravens, Denver still have question marks throughout the roster. They will be implementing new schemes on both sides of the ball with Kubiak running the offense and Wade Philips taking over the defense. They did bring in Evan Mathis to fix the offensive line troubles and should still be the favorites to win the AFC West.

Broncos waive RB Montee Ball
By Sayre Bedinger

One of the biggest shockers of the preseason was the Broncos decided to part ways with the second-round pick after just two seasons. Ball put up phenomenal numbers when carrying the load at Wisconsin, but the production did not carry over into the NFL. The 24-year-old cleared waivers and is now a free agent. It remains to be seen what his options are throughout the league.

Any team featuring Peyton is a tough task, and being on the road in Denver makes it even more difficult. Make sure to stay with us at The Baltimore Wire for continued coverage as the Ravens prepare to kick off the 2015 NFL season.

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