Of the eight CBS Sports NFL analysts, seven picked the Broncos to advance to the AFC Championship game. Only Mike Freeman picked Baltimore to go to Denver and pull off the upset. The picks change significantly when the analysts pick against the spread, as five of the eight picked Baltimore to cover the 8.5-point spread. The NFL experts at Yahoo! Sports also like the Broncos, as all three picked Denver to win. The three combined to go 10-for-12 on their predictions last week, including two of the three picking the Ravens to beat the Indianapolis Colts.
SB Nation's Joel Thorman joined the majority of the other analysts in picking the Broncos. Thorman noted the Broncos are the NFL's hottest team, having won 11 straight games. That, combined with the Ravens recent struggles and Peyton Manning's success against Baltimore in the playoffs, was a enough for him to pick Denver.