Ravens vs. Broncos: Keys to Victory

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Aug 22, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jordan Matthews (81) catches the ball in front of the defense of Baltimore Ravens defensive back Kyle Arrington (24) at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Key #2: The new look secondary must improve upon 2014’s dismal performance

It’s no surprise, to anyone, that the patchwork secondary which comprised the Ravens’ depth chart last season is what also tanked their Super Bowl dreams.  The team was aggressive in addressing the situation this offseason, but will it lead to better results?

They couldn’t have a much stiffer first test than against Peyton Manning, Deymarius Thomas, and Emmanuel Sanders.  Even though the Broncos have said that they are going to commit more to the running game this season, that doesn’t mean they aren’t going to throw it either.

Jimmy Smith figures to stick to Thomas, making for an exciting matchup between two of the game’s best young players at their respective positions.  But who’s going to guard everyone else?  The Ravens have to hope that Lardarius Webb/Kyle Arrington can shut down Sanders, Owen Daniels, and company.

The Broncos also have a great pass catching running back in C.J. Anderson that Peyton can dump the ball to if the Ravens’ pass rush gets too hot.  With a bevy of weapons at his disposal, the Ravens can’t afford to have any slip ups in coverage this week.

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