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Broncos ready for rematch with Ravens

Broncos ready for rematch with Ravens

DENVER (AP) Peyton Manning will have to wait until next season to face the Indianapolis Colts.

His old team lost 24-9 at Baltimore in the AFC wild-card game Sunday. So the Ravens (11-6) will visit Denver next weekend to face the Broncos (13-3), the AFC's top seed.

Had the Colts won, there would have been a circus-like atmosphere all week in Denver in anticipation of the reunion between the Broncos quarterback and the team he played with for 14 seasons before their split last spring.

Instead, the Broncos get a chance to send Ray Lewis into retirement Saturday.

Manning will face the Colts sometime next season in Indianapolis - the exact date won't be known until the 2013 schedule comes out.

The Broncos are coming off a bye and riding an 11-game winning streak that includes a 34-17 win at Baltimore in Week 15.

``It matters in the fact that you have film from having played them and you know them a little better than you know Indy,'' Broncos tight end Jacob Tamme said. ``But we would know Indy just as well as any other team we play in the playoffs. So, at the end of the day, it doesn't matter.''

The Ravens weren't at full strength last month. Sunday marked the first time all season that they had defensive playmakers Lewis, Ed Reed, Terrell Suggs and Haloti Ngata on the field together.

``It means nothing that we beat them in the regular season. I know we beat them pretty good, but in the playoffs it's just a different game,'' wide receiver Brandon Stokley said.

Like Tamme, Stokley is a former teammate of Manning's in Indy, and he said the four-time MVP and the rest of the Broncos know better than to let their guard down now.

``That was the same scenario against Pittsburgh when Peyton and I were in Indy. We whipped them pretty good and we played them a couple of weeks later after a bye and they beat us in the playoffs, you know?'' Stokley said. ``So it doesn't matter what you did in the regular season.''

Asked last week if he'd watch the Colts game with anything more than a technical interest, Manning said: ``I've always watched the playoff games. It's certainly one of the three teams that we could play. It's an exciting time for football.''

The Broncos worked all of last week as they prepared for the possibility of facing the Colts, Bengals and Ravens, and they had a team lift on Saturday. They return to work Monday.

Notes: The AFC's final four - Denver, Baltimore, New England and Houston - is the same as last year. ... Since John Elway retired, the Broncos are 2-1 in home playoff games with wins over New England in `05 and Pittsburgh last year. They also lost the AFC title game to the Steelers in January 2006. ... Manning is 6-4 at home in the playoffs. By comparison, Elway was 9-2. ... Of this year's 12 playoff teams, seven used iPad playbooks: the Broncos, Bengals, Colts and Ravens in the AFC and the Packers, Redskins and Seahawks in the NFC. In all, 14 of the 32 teams used the tablets this year. A bunch more teams are expected to ditch the old three-ring binders next year when the league makes game film available in high definition.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Steve Bisciotti donates $100,000 to rebuilding historically black churches

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Steve Bisciotti donates $100,000 to rebuilding historically black churches

One more week of the NFL offseason in the books. Here's the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

Player/Team Notes:

1. Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti donated $100,000 to help rebuilding efforts for three historically black churches in the Louisiana area that recently burned down by an alleged arsonists. An effort led by former tight end Benjamin Watson, Bisciotti reached out to him Sunday committing his donation. 

2. The GOAT gene has transferred from Justin Tucker to his son, Easton. The kicker posted a video on his Instagram Thursday of the little guy kicking a (mini) field goal right down the middle, just like his dad. 

Looking Ahead:

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

April 25-27: 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville, Tn.

May 3-6 or May 10-13: Potential three-day rookie mini camp

The 2019 NFL schedule is set!  See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

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Ravens Mock Draft Roundup: A wide receiver, defensive end favorites at 22

Ravens Mock Draft Roundup: A wide receiver, defensive end favorites at 22

This is not a drill. We are one week away from the 2019 NFL Draft.

Will the Ravens get Lamar Jackson help at wide receiver or will they focus on filling their holes on defense?

We will have answers to those questions in no time, but in the time being let's take a look at who experts are predicting they take with the 22nd overall pick.

NBC Sports Washington's Ben Standig and NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah: DE Clelin Ferrell, Clemson

Ferrell had 38 tackles for loss and 21 sacks over the last two seasons. A young threat would fit in quite nicely for the new-looking Ravens defense. 

Bleacher ReportNFL.com's Charles Davis and Sporting News: WR Marquise Brown, Oklahoma

Brown, who posted 1,318 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns during the 2018 season, reportedly made a visit to the Ravens this week

It's no secret that the Ravens need help at WR with only two guys on their current roster who have caught a pass in the NFL. 

SB NationSports Illustrated and CBS Sports: WR D.K. Metcalf, Ole Miss

After an impressive combine performance and a picture surfacing of him looking insanely jacked at the gym, Metcalf is definitely the most talked about receiver in this year's draft.

Despite missing part of the 2018 season with a neck injury, Metcalf's draft profile describes him having "projectable upside to become a home-run threat as a WR1." Just what the Ravens need.

ESPN's Mel Kiper and Todd McShay: C/G Erik McCoy, Texas A&M

The center position is not seen as a sexy pick in the draft, but Bradbury's skillset is enough to get you excited.

He has three years of experience while at Texas A&M and was only called for five penalties in 2,811 snaps over his college career.

The 2019 NFL schedule is set!  See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

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