Here are national media predictions for Sunday's Ravens-Broncos matchup:
• SI.com's Peter King believes the Ravens defense will overcome Denver's league-leading passing offense.
Ravens 30, Broncos 23: Great test for the NFL's passing-yards leader, Kyle Orton (1,419), who is on a silly 5,676-yard pace. Baltimore's secondary is playing far, far better than anyone thought it would. I see a good duel here, with Orton getting his yards and Baltimore getting the win.
• Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com cannot see the Broncos winning back-to-back road games.
Ravens 27, Broncos 17: The Broncos are playing a second consecutive road game, this time on the East coast against one of the league's best. That's tough going. The last time Denver was in this time zone, they lost at Jacksonville on opening day. The Ravens have to be careful about a letdown after winning at Pittsburgh, but I think the combination of them being the better team and Denver being on the road for a second straight week will be too much for the Broncos to overcome.
• On CBSSports.com, all five analysts believe the Ravens will knock off the Broncos.
• The Ravens are a unanimous favorite among NFL experts at ESPN.
• All four ESPN Sunday Countdown analysts pick the Ravens to defeat Denver.
• FanHouse.com's Dave Goldberg anticipates a 16-10 Ravens victory.
• Phil Simms and the rest of Showtime's Inside the NFL crew like the Ravens.
• Baltimore is the uncontested favorite among six Sporting News NFL analysts.
• Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette forecasts a Ravens victory over the Broncos.
Ravens 23, Broncos 13: Broncos Coach Josh McDaniels accused the Titans of being coached to play dirty. My how times have changed from when the Broncos offensive live was known as the dirtiest in the league.
• The Sports Network's Tony Moss feels that the Broncos' offense is too one-dimensional to fool the Ravens.
Ravens 24, Broncos 16: Don't expect Denver to wing it around with consistent success against a still-solid Baltimore defense.
• The Intelligencer / Wheeling (W.Va.) News-Register's Shawn Rine thinks the Ravens are overrated and will fall to the Broncos in a letdown game.
Broncos 30, Ravens 28: The Ravens are overrated. There, I said it. They beat a Big Ben-less Steelers team last week and everyone wanted to throw them a parade. Can you say letdown game? Nobody is throwing it more than the Broncos, though they are doing it - shockingly - with Brandon Lloyd leading the league in receiving. Baltimore's secondary has, and will continue to be weak.
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