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The Broncos have a homefield advantage of being acclimated to the higher altitude.

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we will be fine i ski regualrly after an hour or so u adjust and pregame warm ups will help with that . Lets just do it :)
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I hope not, I dont really care what happens in this game as long as we are the ones with the higher score when that Clock hits 00:00
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I see a healthy dose of the 2 headed monster, known as Rice and Pierce. Maybe even a bit of Allen if need be. They key will be getting the defense off the field. Colts had way too many plays last week. 83 or 87 something like that. That's a long day for the defense. Bright spot was they stopped the Colts and held them to 3 FGs, and one missed. Luckily, it will be cold and Peyton has a horrible track record of playing in the cold. Let's hope it goes the same way this week.
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Just wanted to point out a possible error, Baltimore is not 480 ft above sea level, maybe its most northwestern parts. I believe you meant the training facility is 480 above sea level. The stadium is next to the inner harbour(sea level), maybe 10-20ft above sea level.
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It takes 72 hours for an average person to fully acclimatize to a different altitude. However, 90% of the effects dissipate within the first 24 hours. This is why you don't see any noticeable benefits for Denver while playing at a lower altitude.
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Having lived out in the Denver area in my 20's I found the altitude was not a problem for a younger person. I say that because I went back out there for a visit years later and hyper-ventilated every time I exerted myself. So youth is key to dealing with it and most of the players are young enough that it shouldn't be a big deal. Now the coaches, they may feel it more than the players. I think it has something to do with the lung tissue elasticity decreasing with age. GO RAVENS!!!!!
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I ride 12 miles, five days a week on my indoor bike. Along with weight training. I have never noticed any differance at all every time I go out there.

The people that complaine are the ones that are over weight and out of shape.
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I've seen former players talk about this on tv and whatnot they all pretty much said as long as your conditioned and don't buy into it you'll be fine because they said it was more mental then anything
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It absolutely is a problem. I don't know why they're not going out there today ( Tuesday) so their bodies can adjust to the thin air. If you're not acclimated, you're toast. Plus, you get headaches.
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Right now, the Ravens are pumped up enough, that they'll play Denver on Mount Everest if that is what it takes! Go Ravens, ignore the high altitude silliness and dominate!
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They going to run the no-huddle as much as possible, thinking they can wind our defense. Be prepared and hit Manning as much as possible.
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Sure, it will probably be a problem, but you learn how to adjust to it. Problems and obstacles are only issues if you allow them to be. If the Ravens lose on Saturday, it won't be because of the altitude. If they win, it won't be because of the altitude either.
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[quote name='TheRavengers' timestamp='1357771237' post='1299911']
If Peyton can adapt to Denver's weather, then the Ravens can too.
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While I understand what you're saying, I don't think he adjusted to it in a day. I've been out there. Visitors go there all the time. Thousands of people, especially in the winter, go to Colorado. Like I said, if the Ravens lose, it's not because of the altitude.
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What I'm worried about is the Ravens going out west on a short week. If they can limit Denver's no huddle and get plenty of fresh bodies out there; we'll be OK
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First, Baltimore harbor is at 0 feet not 480, but I digress. They should have come out here Monday. It seems to effect stamina for serious atheletes. The Avalanche hockey team is almost undefeated in overtime. But it is going to be cold as heck. I am going to the game and expecting it to finish at around 10 degrees. I call the overall climate advantage to the ravens for the cold. Don't be fooled, Denver is not a cold city with an average high in Jan of 47 compared to 44 for Baltimore. What's more, I think every Broncos game I saw was sunny, and when it is 40 with sun here, it is T shirt weather. Go Ravens.
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Attitude more than Altitude will determine this outcome. Altitude ewxcuses are for losers. The RAY-vens ATTITUDE will win this game,even if it was to be played at two miles of altitude. 20 degrees and it doesn't matter. The Super Bowl for the RAY-vens goes through Denver and WE couldn't get any higher.
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Something else about thinner air: anyone knows how much it affects long throws? I can imaginethe difference the altitude makes shows with longer passes of more than 30 yards... And that affects Flacco's game who prodes himself on his deep passes...

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I was wondering also how M&T Bank Stadium was at 480 feet above sea level.
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Park that O2 truck right next to the bench so we can keep our boy Big Mac loaded with oxygen. I want that blood to be BRIGHT RED!!!
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That's funny! M&T is on the Bay yet they are saying it's at 480'.
I don't think there's anything in that area that's that high except maybe they guy who thinks M&T is at 480'
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I don't know who their "experts" are. The team should have gone out Tuesday and practiced at altitude. Flacco should have practiced his throws which will be different. This passive attitude puzzles me.
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Harbaugh said they consulted all the doctors and experts and if they spent all week out there it might make a difference but you really need a longer amount of time than that.
The good news is our backups are battle tested and we can put them in to rest the starters.
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Looking forward to Tucker hooking some missiles! He's a better kicker than Matt Bryant.
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We need to come out and punch them in the mouth early. They haven't played for two weeks and will take them some time to acclimate to game speed. We need to get an early lead and take the crowd out of it, then ground and pound with Pierce and Rice. Long sustained drives to keep Manning on the bench. Tucker will boot a 60 yarder to win it! LET'S GO RAVENS!
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[quote name='Henry Weiner' timestamp='1357788557' post='1300238']
I don't know who their "experts" are. The team should have gone out Tuesday and practiced at altitude. Flacco should have practiced his throws which will be different. This passive attitude puzzles me.
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Aha. So you have no idea who the experts are, still you think their opinion is worse than yours. Cool. What qualifications do YOU have then about the human body's behavious at higher altitudes?

Also, does the Ravens seem an organization to you that's not capable of obtaining trustworthy expert opinion about this thing?

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[quote name='E_in_Denver' timestamp='1357771843' post='1299930']
First, Baltimore harbor is at 0 feet not 480, but I digress. They should have come out here Monday. It seems to effect stamina for serious atheletes. The Avalanche hockey team is almost undefeated in overtime. But it is going to be cold as heck. I am going to the game and expecting it to finish at around 10 degrees. I call the overall climate advantage to the ravens for the cold. Don't be fooled, Denver is not a cold city with an average high in Jan of 47 compared to 44 for Baltimore. What's more, I think every Broncos game I saw was sunny, and when it is 40 with sun here, it is T shirt weather. Go Ravens.
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From what I know/heard about this I presume there's no effective way to acclimatize the team in such a short period of time - so, no matter what they do, it's gonna be a problem.

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[quote name='Ragin'Raven' timestamp='1357771391' post='1299915']
While I understand what you're saying, I don't think he adjusted to it in a day. I've been out there. Visitors go there all the time. Thousands of people, especially in the winter, go to Colorado. Like I said, if the Ravens lose, it's not because of the altitude.
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I remember the Gianty going to an ice cold Lambeau field in 2007, to play v a heavily favoured Packers in the AFL championship game. It was like they played in Alaska - something the Packers are obviously more accustomed to, even if New York can get pretty cold, too.

They won.

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Rotation of players will be a problem because I am sure that Manning will go up tempo to take full advantage of the altitude. Although it is a challange to play at Denver it is still football and if the D can get pressure on Manning the Ravens have an excellent chance of getting out of there with a W. Personally, I think this team will go as far as Flacco will take them.
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[quote name='jrs034' timestamp='1357763930' post='1299774']
I've seen former players talk about this on tv and whatnot they all pretty much said as long as your conditioned and don't buy into it you'll be fine because they said it was more mental then anything
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I was in the Georgia Dome when the Ravens played the Falcons there in 2010!

That place was humid and stifling for both player and fan alike! We could see our guys gassed down on the field as we fought for air in the stands!

Mile high's a chump compared to that,... the 6th layer of Hades!
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Remember Baltimore city is like a bowl, Owings mills is 496 ft above sea level and Reisterstown where I live is 720 ft above sea level, I curse it every time it snows and Westminster is 764 ft also gets snowed upon. The highest point in MD is Backbone Mt in Garrett Co and its 3300+ at Hoyers ridge. Baltimore city itself is about sea level to about 100 feet. We had to make topo maps with scouts lol
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