Ravens vs. Broncos 2015 odds: Denver gives points at home

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The Denver Broncos are 10-1 straight up in their last 11 games as a betting favorite at home. The Broncos will look to continue that home dominance hosting the Baltimore Ravens this Sunday afternoon at Sports Authority Field.

Mens Chuck Howley Jersey Denver is a 4.5-point betting favorite in its season opener according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The Broncos opened their season with a home game against the Ravens in 2013 and won 49-27 as a 7.5-point favorite.

Why then will players try to make the jump? Money. The highest-paid player in the NRL is Cameron Smith, and he makes just over $1 million a year. Obtaining a position on the back-end of an NFL roster is paying Hayne $435,000 this year, and if he earns a second contract he’ll be making far more than the highest-paid player in his former sport. More important than the money is the challenge. The reason Hayne switched in the first place. The endorsement deals and what he’ll become as Australia’s best-known NFL player remain to be seen.

That’s what’s up for grabs for Rugby League players making the jump. America provides them with a chance to earn that money for a few touches in 16 games, not playing a full 80 minutes each week over a 26-game season. Hayne will spark a slew of talented players to try their hands at the NFL, and there will be a lot of horror stories.

Think of this like a PSA for all the amazing Rugby League players out there. Guys, don’t quit your day jobs. Hopefully you don’t share in the well-worn laziness of assuming the NFL is for players who aren’t “tough enough” to play without pads, or think because linemen are large they’re also unathletic.

There is nothing more difficult in team sports than becoming a player in the NFL. Jarryd Hayne’s rise to prominence has been amazing to see and it’s fine to admire the Hayne Plane from afar — just don’t think you can use its slipstream to coast into one of the most difficult games on the planet.