KUSA - The season opener is always a big deal, but Broncos vs. Ravens is pretty much off the charts. Some players aren't letting on to the magnitude.
"I'm treating it just like another game," said Broncos cornerback Chris Harris. "It's the Ravens, it's the defending champs, of course we know that. We know the magnitude of this game but I turn into a different person regardless of who we play. I treat it the same and that's how I stay even keel. I try to keep it even keel and that's how I play."
Other players show their hand just a little bit.
"It's just another game but at the same time I don't think you can help having a little extra juice for this one," said wide receiver Wes Welker. "Kicking off the season like this, in the first game. and getting to be a part of that is a pretty cool deal so I'm definitely excited about that."
"This is my first time ever playing a Thursday night NFL opening game which is very exciting," comments another one of Peyton Manning's 2013 targets, Erik Decker. "But at the same time we have approached it like every other football game, everyone's important. This one is just more exciting because it's finally here, football season is here and we get to play the defending world champs at our home turf. We're just ready, prepared to go to battle on Thursday."
Then there are some players who show the full deck.
"For me it's the biggest game of the year because it's the next one up," said rookie defensive tackle Sylvester Williams.
"That's how I approach every game. At this point it's the biggest one of my life. At this point it's the most important thing in my life, to go out there and play well Thursday and being able to win that game and do everything I can to help my team."
The Broncos and Ravens kick off at 6:40 p.m. Thursday night at Sports Authority Field. The game will be broadcast by NBC/9News.
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