5 things to watch for in the Denver Broncos versus Baltimore Ravens game

Broncos have never beat the Ravens in Baltimore

BALTIMORE - The Denver Broncos put their eight-game winning streak on the line as they travel to Baltimore to face the Ravens.

But before lounge in your la-z-boy, here are five things you need to keep an eye on.

1. What's at stake for Broncos/Ravens - If the Broncos can beat the Baltimore Ravens then they would all but cement their place as the third seed in the playoffs. Denver would have a two-game lead over Baltimore in the standings. The Broncos would also keep pace with the New England Patriots for the second seed in the AFC standings. Despite having the same record, New England has the second seed because of their 31-21 win over the Broncos, which is Denver's last loss.

The Ravens will clinch the AFC North division with a win for the second year in a row.

2. Broncos have never beat the Ravens in Baltimore - Denver has played five games in Baltimore against the Ravens and has lost all of them, including a 21-3 drubbing in the 2000 AFC Wild Card Playoffs. The series has been mostly one-sided as the Ravens have outscored the Broncos 142-56 in the five games. Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has an 8-2 career record against the Ravens.

3. Von Miller close to history - Von Miller ranks third in the NFL with 16 sacks. With one more Miller would tie the franchise record of 17 sacks set by Elvis Dumervil in 2009. The second-year pro has had at least one sack in the last six games and at least one sack in ten of the Broncos thirteen games.

Miller is just the third player since 1994 to record at least 15 sacks, 20 tackles for a loss and five forced fumbles in a single season.

4. Player to Watch: Ray Rice: The Broncos will have to stop Ravens running back Ray Rice. Rice has rushed for 993 yards and nine touchdowns on the season. He is also a receiving threat, hauling in 52 passes for 424 yards. Rice has scored seven touchdowns in the Ravens nine wins. The Broncos come into the game with sixth ranked rushing defense, giving up 93.7 yards per game.

5. Peyton Manning would tie Broncos passing record…if he throws for 300 yards or more against the Ravens. Manning would tie former Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler record of eight games set in 2008.

It may be good news for the Broncos if Manning doesn't throw for 300 yards or more against the Ravens. In the ten games Manning has played against Baltimore, he has thrown for over 300 yards twice, both coming in losing efforts. 

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