NFL opener - Ravens at Broncos

The Denver Broncos have waited almost eight months for their chance to avenge last season's dramatic divisional playoff loss to a Baltimore Ravens team that appears ready for the challenge.




Minus some familiar faces, the Super Bowl champion Ravens kick off the 2013 season Thursday night against the host Broncos, who hope to achieve the goal they fell short of a year ago.

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Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco talks on the phone on the sidelines in the fourth quarter of their NFL football game against the Denver Broncos in Denver September 5, 2013. REUTERS/Rick Wilking (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco talks on the phone on the sidelines in the fourth quarter in their NFL football game against the Denver Broncos in Denver
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco talks on the phone on the sidelines in the fourth quarter of their NFL football game against the Denver Broncos in Denver September 5, 2013. REUTERS/Rick Wilking (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)
Denver Broncos' David Bruton (30) blocks a punt by Baltimore Ravens' Sam Koch (4) during their NFL football game in Denver, Colorado September 5, 2013. REUTERS/Rick Wilking (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)
Denver Broncos' Bruton blocks a punt by Baltimore Ravens' Koch during their NFL football game in Denver
Denver Broncos' David Bruton (30) blocks a punt by Baltimore Ravens' Sam Koch (4) during their NFL football game in Denver, Colorado September 5, 2013. REUTERS/Rick Wilking (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)
Denver Broncos cornerback Kayvon Webster (R) breaks up a pass to Baltimore Ravens Brandon Stokley in the endzone in the second quarter of their NFL football game in Denver September 5, 2013. REUTERS/Rick Wilking (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)
Denver Broncos cornerback Kayvon Webster breaks up a pass to Baltimore Ravens Brandon Stokley in the endzone in their NFL football game in Denver
Denver Broncos cornerback Kayvon Webster (R) breaks up a pass to Baltimore Ravens Brandon Stokley in the endzone in the second quarter of their NFL football game in Denver September 5, 2013. REUTERS/Rick Wilking (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)
Baltimore Ravens Ray Rice (27) is tackled by Denver Broncos Duke Ihenacho (33) during the second quarter in their NFL football game in Denver, Colorado September 5, 2013. REUTERS/Rick Wilking (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)
Baltimore Ravens Rice is tackled by Denver Broncos Ihenacho during the second quarter in their NFL football game in Denver
Baltimore Ravens Ray Rice (27) is tackled by Denver Broncos Duke Ihenacho (33) during the second quarter in their NFL football game in Denver, Colorado September 5, 2013. REUTERS/Rick Wilking (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)
Baltimore Ravens Vonta Leach reacts after scoring a touchdown on a catch and run play during the first quarter against the Denver Broncos in their NFL football game in Denver, Colorado September 5, 2013. REUTERS/Rick Wilking (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)
Baltimore Ravens Vonta Leach reacts after scoring a touchdown on a catch and run play during the first quarter against the Denver Broncos in Denver
Baltimore Ravens Vonta Leach reacts after scoring a touchdown on a catch and run play during the first quarter against the Denver Broncos in their NFL football game in Denver, Colorado September 5, 2013. REUTERS/Rick Wilking (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning passes in the rain against the Baltimore Ravens during their NFL football game in Denver September 5, 2013. REUTERS/Rick Wilking (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)
Denver Broncos' Manning passes in rain against Baltimore Ravens during NFL football game in Denve
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning passes in the rain against the Baltimore Ravens during their NFL football game in Denver September 5, 2013. REUTERS/Rick Wilking (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco throws during warm ups on the field before their NFL football game against the Denver Broncos in Denver September 5, 2013. REUTERS/Rick Wilking (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)
Baltimore Ravens' Flacco throws during warm-ups before NFL football game against the Denver Broncos in Denver
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco throws during warm ups on the field before their NFL football game against the Denver Broncos in Denver September 5, 2013. REUTERS/Rick Wilking (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning gestures during warm-ups on the field before their NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens in Denver September 5, 2013. REUTERS/Rick Wilking (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)
Denver Broncos' Manning gestures during warm-ups before NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens in Denver
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning gestures during warm-ups on the field before their NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens in Denver September 5, 2013. REUTERS/Rick Wilking (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)

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