Signs point to huge win for Broncos

Injuries have forced the Ravens to lean on a patchwork defense

Weak-side linebacker Dannell Ellerbe, who had elevated his play in Lewis’ absence, is in danger of missing his third straight game with an ankle injury. Rush linebacker Terrell Suggs, whose season has been marred first by a torn Achilles and now by a torn biceps, is also a game-time decision.

Only four defensive players — McClain and defensive backs Cary Williams, Ed Reed and Bernard Pollard — have started all 13 games for the Ravens. That number will probably decrease by two as McClain is out today and Pollard likely won’t play because of a chest injury.

Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata has missed just one game, but shoulder and knee injuries have contributed to his looking ordinary at times. Second-year defensive end Pernell McPhee, who was second on the team last year with 6.5 sacks, has just a half-sack this year, and he has played just nine games because of injuries.

Peyton Manning.  Ravens injuries.  Ordinary Ngata.

Even a Ray Lewis pep talk isn't saving the Ravens now.

I don't advocate gambling (unless you're betting family members), but with the Broncos being only a 2.5-point favorite, if you're simply an addict, you've got a real chance here.

I’m glad we had this talk.  Now, vaya con Dios, Brah.

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