Three things to watch for as the Denver Broncos kick off the season tonight against the champion Baltimore Ravens:
Elvis returns: “Doom & Gloom” is what Elvis Dumervil and Von Miller called themselves in Denver, where the Pro Bowl pass rushers combined for 291/2 of the Broncos’ league-leading 52 sacks in 2012.
Dumervil signed with the Ravens in free agency after his infamous fax foul-up in Denver led to his release by the Broncos.
He won’t see Miller on tonight because Denver’s All-Pro linebacker is serving a six-game drug suspension.
Rahim’s redempion: Safety Rahim Moore is out to make amends for the most memorable mistake in Denver’s playoff loss, when he mistimed his jump on Flacco’s heave to Jones.
“I haven’t seen it from him one snap or one second where he’s dwelled on that,” Broncos secondary coach Cory Undlin said. “If anything, he’s used it as motivation.”
Cornerback Champ Bailey appreciates Moore’s accountability but noted there were lots of goats.
“He wasn’t the guy that put us in that situation,” Bailey said. “So, we’ve all got to own that one.”
Ravens rebuilt: For the first time in the Ravens’ 18-year existence, Ray Lewis isn’t manning middle linebacker. Daryl Smith, who signed a free agent deal in June, is the veteran replacement. He’s a sure tackler entering his 10th season and could help provide some of the veteran presence the Ravens lost. Smith was part of a Ravens defensive revamp as they also said goodbye to starters Ed Reed, Bernard Pollard, Paul Kruger and Cary Williams, and hello to Dumervil, Chris Canty, Marcus Spears and Michael Huff.