Baltimore vs. Denver,
09/05/2013 20:30 EDT,
Score: 27 - 49
Total: -107/+48 Over
Denver's top pass rusher, Von Miller is suspended for the first six games. With him on the field, Denver allowed 4.5 yards per play but 5.1 when he was off. In addition, Elvis Dumervil was released because of a fax technicality. When the two were on the field, Denver sacked the QB on eight percent of dropbacks. With the two off, they got a sack 3.4 percent of the time.
The aforesaid trusted sources in the side analysis look for Denver to bring the kitchen sink to compensate for their big drop off in the pass rush. That means a lot of feast or famine, either quick scores or three and out.
Yes Dumerville is on the other sidelines, so will still be a factor, but his absence for Denver means the strength of the defense last year, the pass rush is gone until Miller comes back.
While Dumervil is a big reason why Baltimore will be solid on defense long-term, they need some time to gel. They are not exactly playing the best team to break in a new unit.
Neither team is likely to have long and sustained drives.