Ravens-Broncos: What to watch
Broncos should have plenty of opportunities in passing game
|Baltimore at Denver|
|When: 4:30 PM ET|
After watching film of both teams, Scouts Inc. breaks down key elements of the divisional-round matchup between the Ravens and Broncos.
• Pick apart the Ravens' coverage: An argument could be made that Denver has the best passing attack in the NFL. Peyton Manning has a ton to do with that, but Demaryius Thomas has emerged as one of the most dangerous players at his position with his great size and physicality, deep speed, and exceptional run-after-the-catch skills. This season, only Brandon Marshall had more end zone targets than Thomas. But it was Eric Decker who did the damage against the Ravens earlier this season. Manning doesn't discriminate, though, as five Broncos had more than 40 catches in 2012. Manning should see plenty of matchups to his liking, targeting the Ravens' cornerbacks and maybe Ray Lewis with Denver's tight ends. These matchups are especially important when Baltimore brings added pressure, as it did so effectively last week. Ed Reed will be lurking, so Manning has to be extra careful when going deep downfield.
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