The panic had already started about the Baltimore Ravens after a rough loss to the Denver Broncos this past Thursday night. But after every division foe lost in Week 1, that definitely helps to alleviate some anxiety. Personally, I thought the Ravens might have won the Denver game if Dallas Clark catches the wide-open touchdown and if the Wes Welker third down drop is challenged. The Broncos got a few quick scores and things snowballed from there. Peyton Manning and the thin Denver air is a tall order for a defense with a lot of new parts. If only the Ravens could have started with a home game.
The Cincinnati Bengals looked the strongest in defeat. Losing to a potential playoff team like the Chicago Bears on the road is nothing to be ashamed of, especially since they had to come from behind to do it. The Cleveland Browns losing is never a surprise, but they laid a pretty big egg at home against the Miami Dolphins. Most surprising in my opinion had to be how awful the Pittsburgh Steelers looked at home against the Tennessee Titans. I had the Steelers making the playoffs this year because as a Ravens fan I have a natural reflex of keeping my guard up on the Steelers. I know it was only one game, but they might stink. Oh yeah, it probably doesn’t help that they lost stud Center Maurkice Pouncey for the year with an ACL injury, ouch.
Things will get real interesting next week as the Ravens have their long awaited opener against the Browns. The Bengals will host the Steelers in the Monday night matchup. Assuming the Ravens can take care of business at home, they’ll be tied for first place with the winner of the Monday game. All is well in Charm City, for now.
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