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Broncos, Ravens brace for frigid playoff in Denver

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Broncos, Ravens brace for frigid playoff in Denver

DENVER (AP) That glove Peyton Manning has been wearing on his throwing hand will come in quite handy Saturday for what could be the coldest home postseason game in Denver Broncos' history.

Those not playing may want to sit on the heated benches - or next to the electric heaters - because the game-time temperature when the Broncos host the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC divisional playoffs is expected to be 17 degrees, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Jim Kalina.

In other words, ``bundle up,'' Kalina said.

The coldest postseason contest at Mile High was 18 degrees for the 1977 AFC championship game, when Denver beat Oakland 20-17.

The chilliest home game ever in Denver? That would be 9 degrees against San Diego on Dec 10, 1972.

Being such a meticulous planner, Manning left nothing to chance in the weeks leading up this game. To prepare for the possibility of wintry weather, the four-time NFL MVP wore an orange-and-gray glove on his throwing hand the last two games. Manning has been quite effective, too, with the glove - his completion percentage has been almost 6 points better and his passer rating almost 20 points higher than without it.

The stickiness of the glove also helps Manning better grip the football, especially these days after the multiple neck surgeries he underwent during his season out of football.

``I certainly don't think I would have had to wear the glove had I not been injured last year,'' Manning said. ``It's part of my injury, some things that I've had to adjust. I'm in a different body. Some things are different for me, so that's the reason for that as much as anything.''

The cool weather certainly hasn't been friendly to Manning, who's 0-3 in playoff games in which the temperature at kickoff is less than 40 degrees.

And this game will certainly be well south of that number.

``It's going to be very cold,'' Kalina said. ``There may even be a few flakes, but it shouldn't affect the game. Just really cold.''

This isn't even close to the coldest game in NFL history, though. That distinction belongs to ``The Ice Bowl'' on Dec. 31, 1967, when the temperature at Lambeau Field reached minus-13 (with a minus-48 wind chill) in a contest between Green Bay and Dallas.

All week, Broncos players boasted about wearing short-sleeves despite the cool conditions. It was simply a matter of convincing the mind it really wasn't all the frigid.

``Once you get out there, you're on the field, you're just fine,'' Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas said earlier this week. ``But if you're just sitting around, that's when it gets to you. As long as you're out there on the field and warm, you're good.''

The field should be in solid shape, though, with more than 20 miles of water-heated tubing under the field to keep it from freezing.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Ed Reed warns Lamar Jackson on increased scrutiny that comes with being a black QB

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Ed Reed warns Lamar Jackson on increased scrutiny that comes with being a black QB

Here's the latest Baltimore Ravens news you need to know this Wednesday morning. 

Player Notes: 

Cornerback Justin Bethel officially became a member of the Ravens Tuesday. A strong addition to the Ravens' special teams corps, the two-year deal might of not happened if it wasn't for safety and ex-Cardinals teammate Tony Jefferson

Former Ravens safety Ed Reed had some words of advice for quarterback Lamar Jackson after he posted an Instagram story last week of himself driving down a freeway at 105 mph. Speaking to Sports Illustrated, Reed noted the increased scrutiny that comes with being a black quarterback. 

The Ravens are investing in their secondary in 2019. With the addition of safety Earl Thomas ($22 million with base salary and signing bonus combined), nickelback Tavon Young ($11 million base salary and signing bonus), cornerback Brandon Carr's option ($6 million), cornerback Jimmy Smith ($9.5 million), safety Tony Jefferson ($8 million) and cornerback Marlon Humphrey ($1.542 million), the Ravens are spending $58 million just on their secondary, according to ESPN's Jamison Hensley. That brings us to our next point...

Jimmy Smith came in at No. 4 on For The Win's 20 most overpaid NFL players in 2019. Using their "value above market price” metric based on the player's production and cap hit in a given season and multiplying their Pro Football Focus grade by the number of snaps they played, Smith cost the Ravens -$11.1 million. 

The Ravens have released inside linebacker Bam Bradley and cornerback Jaylen Hill with failed physical designations, according to the NFL transaction sheet and The Athletic's Jeff Zrebiec. Both missed all of the 2018 season with injuries. 

Looking Ahead: 

March 24-27: Annual League Meeting in Phoenix, Az.

April 15: Voluntary OTA's may begin

April 19: Deadline for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Ravens hoping to re-sign Robert Griffin III, per report

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Ravens hoping to re-sign Robert Griffin III, per report

Here's your Tuesday roundup of the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

Player's Notes: 

The Ravens are hoping to re-sign backup quarterback Robert Griffin III, Jeff Zrebiec of TheAthletic.com reports. Playing 2018 on a one-year, $1 million deal, Griffin III appeared in three games, completing 2-of-6 passes for 21 yards. Retaining RGIII would make a ton of sense for the Ravens. Lamar Jackson is their only signed QB at the moment.

Thinking about Jackson handing the ball off to running back Mark Ingram in 2019 certainly has fans excited, and for the Ravens' newest acquisition, he's got plans for the dynamic duo to change the game.

Ronnie Stanley is predicting a bright future for his QB. While speaking on NFL Network's Good Morning Football, the tackle had high regards for how Jackson handled himself his rookie season. 

Safety Tony Jefferson got candid about the Ravens' offseason moves while on NFL Total Access. He admitted that it "hurt a little bit" to see veteran teammates like Terrell Suggs and C.J. Mosley exit in free agency, but is excited to have a future Hall of Famer in Earl Thomas on his side. .

In AFC North news, the Bengals cut linebacker Vontaze Burfict after seven seasons. The former Pro Bowler played seven games in 2018, totaling 33 combined tackles and 17 assist. 

Looking Ahead: 

March 24-27: Annual League Meeting in Phoenix, Az.

April 15: Voluntary OTA's may begin

April 19: Deadline for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets

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