Ravens Will Still Face Manning

Peyton Manning has chosen the Broncos, who are coming to Baltimore next season.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Monday, March 19th, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Categories: Ryan Mink

Peyton Manning is switching uniforms, but it looks like the Ravens will still have to face him.

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen is reporting that Manning has told his agent to negotiate a deal with the Denver Broncos, ending the months of drama about where one of the greatest NFL quarterbacks would choose to go.

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In the final days, the list of destinations had reportedly narrowed to Denver, Tennessee or San Francisco.

Manning could eventually end up landing in M&T Bank Stadium, as the Broncos are scheduled to come to Baltimore at some point in the 2012 season. The schedule will not be released until mid-to-late April.

The former Indianapolis Colts signal caller and the Ravens have a long history.

The Ravens beat him during his rookie season and again in 2001 – their first two meetings. But since then, Manning has dominated the series. He’s won their past eight meetings, including two divisional playoff games in the 2006 and 2010 seasons.

In eight regular-season showdowns, Manning has posted a 103.8 quarterback rating. He’s thrown 17 touchdowns to five interceptions and averaged 284 passing yards per game.

It appeared as if Baltimore would get its first taste of Tim Tebow mania next season. But now it looks as though the Broncos – who reached the divisional playoffs last year – have added one of the game’s elite.

It only adds to the who’s who list of quarterbacks the Ravens will face next season. They will face a former Pro Bowl quarterback 13 times.

The list of Pro Bowlers includes Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger, Cincinnati’s Andy Dalton, New York Giants’ Eli Manning, Dallas’ Tony Romo, Philadelphia’s Michael Vick, New England’s Tom Brady, Houston’s Matt Schaub, San Diego’s Philip Rivers, Oakland’s Carson Palmer, Kansas City’s Matt Cassel and now Manning. There’s also (likely) Washington’s Robert Griffin III.

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