One of the most high-profile NFL games of Week 1 sounds off from Sports Authority Field when the Baltimore Ravens visit the Denver Broncos on September 13 in a potential AFC playoff preview.
Without a doubt, both teams are perennial postseason contenders, and as a result, this could end up being a very valuable game down the line. Perhaps above all, this could be the final season opener for legendary quarterback Peyton Manning, making it extra important that Denver begins the new campaign 1-0. After an abbreviated stint in the playoffs a year ago, they’ll certainly be motivated, and are ready to get the year started under new head coach Gary Kubiak.
With this potentially being the last season we are able to watch Manning’s magnificent career unfold on the football field, tickets to see the Ravens and Broncos commence their seasons are going for $293.62 on the secondary market, while the get-in price currently sits at $110. As high as that sounds, Denver Broncos tickets are averaging right around that very mark throughout the season, ranking them as high as any team for ticket prices in 2015. It’s understandable, of course, if this really is Manning’s last season, as the Broncos try to return to the Super Bowl after being embarrassed by the Seattle Seahawks on football’s grandest stage only a couple of seasons ago. The window certainly isn’t as open as it’s been in years past, meaning this year is expected to be quite the significant one for the reigning AFC West division champs.
There was a lot of chatter about Manning regressing at the end of 2014 after the Broncos offense was so fluid and potent prior to the year’s last several weeks, but nonetheless, fans of the organization are confident the future Hall-of-Famer can return to old form. He certainly has no shortage of weapons on his side, especially within his receiving corps, where he has the likes of Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders to throw to. He lost his reliable tight end Julius Thomas, who chose to sign with the Jaguars as a free agent, but gains a versatile one in Owen Daniels, who has much familiarity with a Kubiak-coached offense. The Broncos might be just as excited over their running game after watching young running back C.J. Anderson break out last season.
Although the casual fan associates the Broncos and Manning with points on the scoreboard, they also have a talented defense as well, with upper echelon talents like Aqib Talib, DeMarcus Ware, and Von Miller spearheading the effort. Having balance on both sides of the ball, there’s no question Denver is expected to finish somewhere near the top of the conference, though a team like Baltimore is capable of putting them down. It all adds up to one of the more anticipated games on the Week 1 slate, as Manning and Co. look to put the beginning touches on yet another masterful season.