Five things to watch for in Broncos-Ravens season opener

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (centre) lines his team up for a play against the Atlanta...

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (centre) lines his team up for a play against the Atlanta Falcons during their pre-season game at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md., Aug. 15, 2013. (JONATHAN ERNST/Reuters)

JOHN KRYK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:54 PM ET

One of the most ferocious pass rushers in the AFC last year was a Denver Bronco, Elvis Dumervil. He’s now a Baltimore Raven.

One of Peyton Manning’s go-to pass receivers last year in Denver, and for four years last decade when they were together in Indianapolis, was Brandon Stokley. He’s now a Baltimore Raven.

Arguably Manning’s favourite receiver in his entire 16-year career, long-time Indianapolis Colts tight end Dallas Clark, is now a Baltimore Raven too.

And so, when the defending Super Bowl champion Ravens kick off the NFL’s 94th season on Thursday night in Denver (NBC, 8:30 p.m. EDT), you’ll pardon Manning and the Broncos if they treat the turncoat-teeming team rather rudely.

That’s just one of several compelling storylines in this curtain-raising game. The five most impactful:


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