Feb 3, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) celebrates after defeating the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

2013 NFL Odds: Baltimore Ravens are 7.5 Underdog to Denver Broncos in Season Opener

In something that bucks the trend for nearly the past decade, the defending Super Bowl champions will open their season as underdogs. The Baltimore Ravens will be making the journey to Mile High to face off against the Denver Broncos and they will enter the game as 7.5-point underdogs.

Over the past eight years, this has never happened before.

Here is how the past eight years played out:

Year    __Defending SB Champ   _______Opponent/Result                              ______   Spread                                  

2005:    New England Patriots    (vs. Oakland Raiders: 30-20 Win)            New England 7.5 Point Favorites

2006:    Pittsburgh Steelers        (vs. Miami Dolphins: 28-17 Win)             Pittsburgh 1 Point Favorites

2007:    Indianapolis Colts          (vs. New Orleans Saints: 41-10 Win)       Indianapolis 5.5 Points Favorites

2008:    New York Giants           (vs. Washington Redskins: 16-7 Win)      New York 4.5 Point Favorites

2009:    Pittsburgh Steelers        (vs. Tennessee Titans: 13-10 Win)           Pittsburgh 6.5 Point Favorites

2010:    New Orleans Saints       (vs. Minnesota Vikings: 14-9 Win)           New Orleans 4.5 Point Favorites

2011:    Green Bay Packers        (vs. New Orleans Saints: 42-34 Win)       Green Bay 4.5 Point Favorites

2012:    New York Giants           (vs. Dallas Cowboys:  24-17 loss)          New York 3.5 Point Favorites

The defending Super Bowl champs were victorious seven of the last eight years, with the lone loss coming last season. They were also favored in every match up until the Broncos opened up -7.5 against the Ravens.

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