Here are 5 predictions that will probably not happen during the course of the Ravens-Broncos kickoff. But, if they do, all the writers will be pumping out the positive articles tomorrow morning. Here goes.
1. Jacoby Jones will return a kickoff and a punt for a touchdown.
This is not as impossible as it sounds because we witnessed it in the Mile High Miracle last year, but Jacoby has provided nothing but question marks this offseason. This would be high time to silence the critics.
2. The Ravens secondary will intercept Peyton Manning, twice.
The Ravens secondary is fusing nicely and there are playmakers two deep at every position in the secondary. The more Manning throws, the more the Ravens pick it off.
Even if the Ravens receiving questions are answered, their best bet to win this game may be to run the air out of the ball. With a tandem of Rice and Pierce no Ravens fan would be unhappy with that prospect. If the depleted Denver defense does not prove early and often that they can stop the run, look for the Ravens to exploit that for the rest of the game.
4. Elvis Dumervil will record 3 sacks on his former team.
Motivation can do a lot for a player, and Dumervil should have plenty of it. His fax fiasco sent him to Baltimore with a chip on his shoulder. He and Terrell Suggs are pass-rushing monsters but today Dumervil gets the sacks against his former team.
5. Ravens stomp Broncos, 41-17.
To most fans this will seem more stupid than bold; but what fun would it be without some risk in the picks. No matter what our outward predictions are, we have all had that thought of, "what if we just blow them out". Don't try to deny it. You have. I have. We all have. Whether it comes true or not could hinge on how many of the bold predictions the Ravens hit.
We have been doubted before, so why not win again.