Although the 2012 schedule won’t be released until April, we do know the Baltimore Ravens’ opponents for the upcoming season.
And at some point, Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos will invade M&T Bank Stadium.
Manning, who signed a five-year, $96 million deal with the Broncos on Monday, following his release from the Indianapolis Colts, has given the Ravens fits over the years. In eight career regular season games against the Ravens, Manning has complied a 6-2 record, completing 65.1 percent of his passes for 17 touchdowns against five interceptions.
In the postseason, Manning is a perfect 2-0 against the Ravens, having beaten them in the AFC Divisional round during the 2006 and 2009 seasons.
Last season, for the first time since 2001, the Ravens defeated the Colts, who were forced to start Dan Orlovsky at quarterback.
Manning had spent his entire 14-year career in Indianapolis, but was forced to miss his final year with the team due to a neck injury. The Colts finished 2-14 and ended up with next month’s No. 1 overall pick in the draft, which they will likely use on Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck. As part of the rebuilding plan in Indianapolis, the Colts released Manning 12 days ago.
Reportedly, about a dozen or so teams were interested in Manning’s services, but the Broncos, Tennessee Titans and San Francisco 49ers were the three finalists for Manning. In the end, Manning chose to take his talents to the Mile High City.
And at some point in 2012, Manning will return to the Charm City for another showdown with Ray Lewis and the Ravens’ defense.