Peyton Manning matches NFL record with seven TD passes in win over Ravens

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Peyton Manning matched an NFL record with seven touchdown passes in a single game as the Denver Broncos throttled the defending Super Bowl champion Ravens 49-27 in the league’s regular season opener.

Manning joins a group of just six quarterbacks to have thrown for seven touchdowns in a game and is the first to do so since 1969. Sid Luckman (CHI, 1943), Adrian Burk (PHI, 1954), George Blanda (HOU, 1961), Y.A. Tittle (NYG, 1962) and Joe Kapp (MIN, 1969) are the only other quarterbacks to accomplish the feat. According to Randall Liu of the league’s communications staff, Manning joins Tittle as just the second to throw seven touchdowns without an interception.

It was the third time in Manning’s career he had thrown for at least six touchdowns in a game and the first time since 2004.

Manning looked completely in command of the Broncos’ offense and frequently made use of new weapons Julius Thomas and Wes Welker. Manning connected twice with Thomas in the first half for scores but it was the Ravens that took a 17-14 lead into the break.

Joe Flacco connected with Vonta Leach on a 2-yard touchdown pass and Ray Rice scored from 1-yard out as the game was even at 14-14 in the second quarter. The Ravens squandered an opportunity to add another touchdown when Dallas Clark dropped a sure score that forced Baltimore to settle for a 25-yard field goal from Justin Tucker and only a three point cushion at the break.

On the opening drive of the second half, Manning led the Broncos on a lightning quick (no pun intended) scoring drive. The Broncos went 80 yards in six plays with Manning connecting with Andre Caldwell for a 28-yard touchdown to put Denver ahead 21-17.

Shaun Phillips sacked Flacco on third down to force a three-and-out for the Ravens and – as they did in January’s playoff match-up with Baltimore – the Broncos special teams unit came up with a big play. David Bruton blocked a punt from Sam Koch that gave Denver possession at the Ravens 10-yard line.

Two plays later, Manning hit Wes Welker for a 5-yard touchdown to give the Broncos a 28-17 lead. Another three-and-out from Baltimore gave the ball back to Manning and another touchdown soon followed. Denver marched 58 yards in nine plays with Manning and Welker hooking up again on a 2-yard touchdown pass to give the Broncos full control.

Manning’s sixth touchdown was a beautiful 26-yard strike over the outside shoulder of Demaryius Thomas to put Denver up 42-17 early in the fourth quarter.

A mistake by Denver allowed Baltimore to keep hope alive briefly. Linebacker Danny Trevathan intercepted Flacco and returned it for a would-be touchdown except he decided to pull a DeSean Jackson and drop the ball on the turf before crossing the goal line and the play went for a touchback to give the ball back to Baltimore. The Ravens finally responded to the gift of an extra possession as Flacco guided Baltimore on an 80-yard touchdown drive with a 13-yard touchdown pass to Marlon Brown.

Baltimore added another field goal on their ensuing possession to get within two scores with just over five minutes to play. But Manning shut down any hopes of a Ravens comeback. On 3rd and 8 and Denver trying to run down the clock, Manning threw a screen pass to Demaryius Thomas that broke wide open as Thomas raced 78 yards for the record tying score.

It’s just one game but Denver looks like their certainly belong as Super Bowl contenders. The Ravens look like a team searching for answers.

202 responses to “Peyton Manning matches NFL record with seven TD passes in win over Ravens

  1. They should have went for an 8th, break a record. They had over 2 minutes left with the ball. But instead Peyton sits at the line calling some new plays then calls a timeout with a min left like it really mattered…. Smh

  2. Manning is amazing. Can’t imagine any team playing a better game week one.

    As for the Ravams, this is what your $120m QB and $7m/year coach gets you? Try to convince us again why it wasn’t a bad move by Ozzie to let those important pieces go this offseason.

    Haha thanks for the blueprint on how to stomp the Ravens. I thoroughly enjoyed the game tonight.

  3. Just as I thought, the Ravens the SB last year was a fluke due to Denver’s overly-conservative coaching. Go Jags!!! #standunited #ravensaberration

  4. Very good Bronco win… but another brain dead moment for a John Fox coached team… just like running out the clock in last years playoff game. Novel concept to carry the ball INTO the endzone.

    I guess we should focus on the positive… Welkers dropped pass… that stood… wasn’t the game decider. The Bronco’s woodshedded the Ravens and Dumerville was pretty quiet… and Smith almost non-existent.

  5. 52 inch Big Screen TV – $600
    Wings and beer – $48
    Jesus hates the Raves Tshirt – $14.99

    Watching the defending Chumps get their rear ends handed to them in national TV to kick off their defense of their tool title???

    (say it with me…) PRICELESS!!!!!!!!


  6. Most embarrassing opening day loss EVER. You got raven players running into each other while getting blown out by giving up 7 td passes by payton. The score could have been 56-27…….lol

  7. Someone forgot to tell Jumpball Joe that its not as easy to win games when the franchise can barely afford to field a defense. Hey at least you got paid though, right Joe???

  8. Let us not forget that Joe Flacco threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown. Only the generosity of a Denver defender in laying down the ball before he crossed the goal line took that off the stat sheet.

    Of course, Ravens fans and the Flacco-happy media will probably name Joe the MVP of the game anyway.

  9. Now Curtis… game does not a season make….Broncos will be there at the end as long as PM stays upright…..the Ravens will get it together and challenge for a playoff spot as well….heck it will probably be these 2 in the AFC Championship game.

  10. When the Rat Birds hang their banner, Joe Flacco’s will be long gone from Mile High and they will be fresh off a BEAT-DOWN at the hands of the only sheriff in our town! Super Bowl Chumps were knocked the heck out at the OK Corral.

  11. Enjoy watching the guy who will be known as the greatest quarterback ever.

    Note to JoeMontanaFlacco: hahahahaha….2 interceptions and a fumble…hahahaha. Now shut up.

  12. “Hurry, hurry! Omaha, go!” That’s all I kept hearing.

    So the hurry-the-hell-up-offense will be all the rage this year. koo.

  13. Denver’s season begins in the Divisional playoff round on either January 11th or 12th. They can go 16-0 but if they don’t win the Super Bowl the season isn’t a success. Pressure is on.

  14. The Broncos certainly look solid. But to say they are super bowl contenders via the 1st game (we all knew the ravens would get stomped) and no other teams playing yet is foolish. Just sayin…

  15. Your list of QBs with 7 TD games includes: Adrian Burk (MIN, 1954), but MIN didn’t have a team until 1961

  16. Headline should read: ” Peyton manning throws more touchdowns in one game than Christian ponder will all season.”

    Also, who was as shocked as I was to see a Viking on the list of 7td games?


  18. Nice job Broncos. I absolutely love the hype from all the Baltimore fans pre-game, you guys should read your own blogs and look at your pathetic team before you write the next chapter in Super Bowl history assuming an automatic repeat. You lost 10 starters from last year, gutted your Defense, and over paid an average QB, who looked like a veteran paid backup QB tonight – same as usual for Flacco. Maybe he should consider not bragging about all the money he makes in pre-game interviews, just shut up and play like your paid.

  19. Boring!!!! I WANT DEFENSE BACK!!!! It’s time to start a petition! You need will power people. A boycott is in order. If I wanted unfettered passing all game, I’d watch arena! This is disgusting!

  20. I don’t think of this game as revenge, never did as a bronco fan. The Ravens made more plays last year and won the game. it wasnt luck, miracle, or fluke. they WON but i felt Denver was better and is obviously still better. Winning the Super Bowl is about momentum and denver obviously blew it but Baltimore earned that super bowl and this year its denvers year. Way to play tonight PFM, super bowl or bust…

  21. Simply amazing, one of the greatest QBs to ever play the game. It’s a privilege to watch him play. The Broncos are proving their status as the team to beat in the AFC.

  22. How’s that revamped “better than last year” defense working out for you loud mouth rat bird lovers so far? Most points allowed in franchise history. How about dumervil? Sure made a difference didn’t he?

  23. That was too easy. Guess Suggs will have to zip it for a week. Not a Bronco fan but you got to think that Denver jumps to the top of the food chain.When they get their two top guns back on Defense, they will be even more scary. John Elway gets my vote for NFL executive of the Year .Great pick ups like Shawn Phillips, the Ball boys plus Wes Walker and Cromartie. The rest of AFC is in deep crap now.NFC East is gonna be in a world of hurt too,thanks to playing Broncos.
    That thin air is like 2 extra guys on the field for Denver.

  24. Completely in control of that game was Manning. There are very few who have the moxy that this guy possesses. Bronco fans are the proud owners of one of the absolute greatest QB’s in the history of the NFL…

  25. The score isn’t even indicative at how bad the ratbirds got the crap kicked out of them. Worst beating by a defending Super Bowl champ in the history of the NFL. All the talk about how fierce their D would be this year…………..on paper maybe…lol…manning showed us how a truly elite QB takes over a game and wins. Flunkco did not look like a QB who was earning his paycheck tonight. 120 million and he played like a rook. This team looks in disarray now, and wait till that cap hot from flunkco kicks in the next couple of years.

  26. No mention of the non challenge by Harbaugh that let Denver score immediately after. The game was turned on that error. A lot of costly mistakes by Baltimore, but Denver looked good.

  27. What made the performance even more spectacular is the guy really doesn’t have much velocity left in his throws. He showed brilliantly how a total command of the game is superior to a cannon arm any day of the week.

  28. Ravens o-line was beyond miserable for most of the night and the turnovers/blocked punts didn’t help. Major props to the Broncos front seven for balling out all game, I underestimated them myself. Theyre the real reason the Broncos won the way they did.

  29. The Ravens GM should hand in his resignation.

    They sacrificed how many starters to give Joe Flacco that deal???

    Flacco looked like he deserved every penny of it tonight. The Ravens have always been a team led by defense. The reason why they have remained in games was due to the stellar defense that kept games close.

    Now, they let most of their defensive starters get away and this is exactly what they get. Who didn’t see this coming? Especially with Flacco’s horrible accuracy.

    Granted, this is just one game, the game itself may not mean much right now and the Ravens won’t face a Broncos caliber team all season…BUT, to win a championship, they will need to beat a Broncos caliber team. The team tonight definitely can’t do it.

  30. Dear God in heaven…please don’t make the Raiders actually have to play the Broncos on Monday night. Can we just concede the game and move on?

  31. According to some Ravens fans (and some in the media), going into overtime to beat a team or having a receiver having a good game constitutes “owning” a team and/or player….it will be nice to stop hearing that…
    That being said, it was the first game of the season, parts of it were hard to watch, but both teams made their share of mistakes and showed they have a lot of room for improvement.
    One game does not define a season nor team, there is still a lot of football to play for both teams.
    I think its safe to say neither team will find itself near the bottom at the end of the year.

  32. And the Broncos played – “not good” for much of the game. Welker gave the Ravens a free 7 with his dunder-head punt fumble inside the 5 – and the knuckle-head linebacker who made a perfect pick 6 and dropped the ball at the two gave up another 7.

    Score should’ve had a 14 point wider gap.

    Broncos need to learn how to play like winners and stop giving up stupid points (just like they did LAST year to the Ravens) or they are never going to be be anything more than a 12 win – 1 and out team. Hopefully when Von comes back they can get some pass rush. At least they were stuffing the run.

    And the Ravens? Yeah, good luck with Dumerville and that pass rush. He was in a system and environment that worked for him in Denver. Doesn’t mean it translates to B’more.

    This just in: Megahead is pretty good – even on opening day.

  33. Well we all knew about Peyton’s 3 receivers…

    Demaryius Thomas

    Eric Decker

    Wes Welker

    But now he and the Bronco’s have Julius Thomas.

    Several running backs who can all contribute…

    An embarrassment of riches…

    Of course, it will all be about the post season…

  34. So, is this what happens when the home team is not hometowned in Denver? But according to Ravens fans this Defense is better than last years? hmmm, Well then how did the ravens get out of Denver last year? hmmmmmm!!!

  35. He almost did it against the Lions in 04, he probably would have obliterated the record but Tony Dungy pulled him early before the 4th quarter began. I Dan guarantee you he wild have crushed the record by at least 9 TDs.

  36. Denver fans can say: “Epic game by Peyton SB champs 2013!!” or “Where was this back in January??”

    B-more fans: “Our D sucks this year”or “Rather see Peyton kick our butt in Sept. instead of January”

    How did the NFL and B-more get bullied by the Orioles to move this opener. The conversation should have like this.

    NFL/Ravens: ” Hey were gonna open the season in B-more with the Broncos”

    Orioles: ” We’re in the middle of 20 plus straight games, we aren’t not re-scheduling to accommodate you guys”

    NFL/Ravens: ” Umm the Ravens have brought 2 titles back home in the last dozen years, the Orioles haven’t done anything of relevance since the streak, and the tragic ’97 team. SCOREBOARD PAL, now move your game.”

  37. I was really hoping Peyton would try for touchdown #8. That guy is unbelievable. I even find my very irrational hatred of him beating my Bears in the Superbowl starting to fade.

  38. Historic game for Peyton!

    Only downside is that he did this in September instead of January.

  39. To joe montanaflacco wannabe steeler fan;
    How about those Ravens????? Will be 1st super bowl team to not make the playoffs the next year…Starting the season and will finish the season in the basement. Bahahahahahahaha

  40. This was a bad loss. It was expected by many but not like this. Yes there are new players on defense but there were a ton of mental break downs and some could have came from fatigue. The offense was bad and I think they went into catch up mode a bit too early. Yards on 1st down in the 2nd half had to be low and play calling became Cam Cameron like. This is game 1 and they have time to get better but Denver does as well.

  41. And with that Manning cements his place as the greatest REGULAR SEASON QB of all time. I’m a Vikes fan, but have always loved the guy. Now if he could only win some playoff games…

  42. that was not good. we got it handed to us. no excuses from this ravens fan. between dropped passes and poor defense we got whooped. a better team won. but…its one game. there are 15 more so go ravens!

  43. Pretty amazing, he was in the head of the Ravens D most of the night – knew what they were doing before they did it.

  44. Wait till he plays the Eagles in a few weeks. Maybe he’ll throw 12 TD passes and set a record that’ll never be broken.

  45. I hate Peyton Manning, but even by his standards that was an amazing sight to see last night.

  46. When you combine a good performance by the defense and a record tying passing performance by one of best QBs of all time. a win is just about assured. The Ravens were whipped, and whipped bad. If this game indicates what we can expect this season from Manning and Welker and team, it will be a great year for Denver.

  47. Would have helped if the Ravens DBs weren’t giving up all night and if the Ravens WRs and TEs could catch…

    But that said, hats off to Manning, he was a beast and would have beaten the Ravens at their very best playing the way he was last night.

  48. I kind of feel bad for Denver fans.

    There’s almost no way that they won’t be the #1 seed in the AFC. And Peyton, who could well have the best first 10-12 games in NFL history this year…will do what he always does when the weather gets cold: suck.

    With the #1 seed, Denver would have to win back to back games in January…in Denver…just to get the the first cold-weather Super Bowl ever.

    No way, none, Peyton Manning has three consecutive good games in freezing weather.

    Blaine Gabbert would have a better chance.

  49. Wow…just Wow! This puts an exclamation point on how much of a fluke the playoff game was last year. And for the record I don’t like the Broncos, but that was impressive.
    If they can do that to the defending SB Champs, I don’t really see another contender in the AFC.

  50. Here’s what $20 million buys you:

    Flacco was 34/62, 362 yds, 2 tds/2 ints

    Manning was 27/42, 462 yds, 7 tds/0 ints

    PM has 20 less attempts and 7 less completions, yet threw for 100yds more – averaging almost DOUBLE the yds per attempt of Flacco.

    Anyone think Joe is missing Anquan Boldin right about now?

  51. I called it yesterday…

    “..I’m betting it’ll be sometime in the third quarter before Flacco finally comes to grips with the reality of what exactly happened in the off-season…”

    One and done.

  52. Before I hear all the “Indy should have kept Manning, what a mistake”…and it will come up, as a Colt fan I hated seeing him leave. That said, the Colts had no idea if he’d ever be 100% again at the time, and he had a gagillion dollar contract too. I still like seeing him do well of course, but the Colts had to make a tough call. After games like last night, of course I wish he was a Colt, but then I remember he’s in his last few season.

  53. bucrightoff says: Funny story, Joe Flacco makes more money than Peyton Manning.

    Funny story, Flacco is 28, Manning is 37, and they each of 1 SB win.

  54. That was probably the best I’ve ever seen Manning play, and that is saying something. You could tell he’d been prepping for that game all offseason.

  55. I guess the Super Bowl hangover has started for the Ravens. They were lucky for the game to be even this close. Their defense looked horrible, and you talk about “old and slow”? Funny how all the bandwagon Raven fans are really quiet right now. Take your lumps, boys, and get used to it.

  56. Peyton tied a record and his passes were accurate, but one of those was almost a lateral that went for 50 yards of RAC. I guess that is touchdown pass. Funny how that stat is kept. One guys throws an ordinary pass and the player catching the ball may do amazing things to avoid defenders and get in the endzone, then afterwards everyone is congratulating the QB. He also looked really old trying to scramble.

  57. The scary thing is, Peyton Manning isn’t even the best quarterback in the league. That distinction belongs to Aaron Rodgers. If your favorite team doesn’t have a QB capable of throwing at least 35 TD passes per season, your favorite team doesn’t have an “elite” QB. Sorry to be the one to break the news to you.
    Fortunately, TEAMS, not QBs, win championships.

  58. As a Patriot fan, I have to hand it to Manning. Great game. Other than that muffed punt, Welker looked good. We will see you down the road…..hope we give you a little more trouble than the champs did.

  59. Where’s

    Scoobie doo



    and the rest of you gum bumpers!

    I told you you would be exposed. See that’s the typical Ratbird fan, they talked all offseason and would be the first to post in Steeler threads, but just like the cowards that they are you dont see them now. I don’t respect any of you.

  60. No Dumerville, No Champ Bailey, No Von Miller..

    And Joe Flacco still couldn’t get the job done. And against a rookie cornerback too.

    Flacco was a fluke and he was totally exposed last nite. Boldin made him with all those jump ball catches.

    And I don’t see any reason that the Ravens should beat the Browns next week either.

  61. alot of you TROOLS are going to fell the same way come monday.can’t wait to find out which teams that may be…your time is comming!!!!

  62. @steelcurtainn says:Sep 6, 2013 1:04 AM

    Most embarrassing opening day loss EVER. You got raven players running into each other while getting blown out by giving up 7 td passes by payton. The score could have been 56-27…….lol
    What’s pathetic is you don’t know how to spell his name. Not a ravens or broncos fan, but you do show your complete ignorance with that comment.

  63. Ok I am a Ravens fan. There are no excuses. They made too many mistakes and gave Manning too much. You have to play airtight against him….the Ravens did not.

    That being said because I am a fan I will also look at the bright side. Tons of dropped passes. Flacco put it where it needed to be which is good, drops can be fixed. D line and O line were not bad. Marlon Brown looks like the real deal. It is week 1.

    There better be some azz kicking going on in the team facility.

  64. Just because you’re paid as if you’re elite it doesn’t really mean you’re elite. I’m looking at you, flacco.

  65. jtbsteeler says: Sep 6, 2013 9:48 AM


    Scoobie doo



    and the rest of you gum bumpers!

    I told you you would be exposed. See that’s the typical Ratbird fan, they talked all offseason and would be the first to post in Steeler threads, but just like the cowards that they are you dont see them now. I don’t respect any of you.
    I’m not one of the guys you mentioned but I’m certain they are not looking for respect, especially from you. Calling out all Ravens fans based on a message board is low class. Broncos can gloat, Ravens and us fans deserve it, you have no basis to gloat.

  66. Manning was as great as he ever was. Thomas was outstanding. But Welker dropping a punt for a TO at his own 5? Resulting in a Ravens TD. Trevathan tossing the ball at his own 1 after an int? Resulting in a Ravens TD (14 pt swing). Then Fox going into his run, run, run mode despite having the hottest QB on the planet and no running game? The kind of mode that cost the Broncos big time last January? It kind of looked like Manning and the nincompoops (Thomas excepted) out there. Ravens were worse… but to be expected when Flacco’s run of good luck finally ran out.

  67. and now the world knows what Jimmy Smith looks like when he’s not holding the crap out of the reciever. posterized. torched. toast.

  68. harrisbd99 says: Sep 6, 2013 12:59 AM

    Danny Trevathan = DeSean 2.0

    Nobody is DeSean but DeSean. And to suggest this guys better (adding the 2.0) is foolish. If this guy can accomplish half of what DeSean has (making the pro bowl at two positions, YPC record, etc) then get back to me.

  69. Is their running game really that bad that they abandon it even once the game is under control? Seems like Peyton calls all the shots.. and he likes to call his own number best. Astonishing statistical game however.

  70. Yes I do. I’m gloating because I said back in April this would happen. As soon as Flacco lost his security blanket and you lost your defensive leaders on an already suspect defense. 7 new starters on defense. It’s going to be like this every week. One week you’ll stop the run and get smoked in the air, then the next week it will be getting abused on the ground.

    Don’t get me started on that o-line. NO yapping excuses about injuries either. Ravens fans are infamous for being gleeful about other teams playing them short-handed.

    Jumpball Joe threw at least 6 JB’s out of his 60+ passes. LOL. I don’t respect the big mouth Ravens, especially the ones absent after this a whipping.

  71. Did Flaccos contract cause that Manning blow out in Baltimore last year? Oh that’s right, the contract didn’t exist yet.

    This is what Manning does. He is a regular seaon beast. Great in the regular season, mediocre in the playoffs. The polar opposite of Joe,

  72. I didn’t get to see the game, as I was at work. I was one who had doubts about Manning because of age and eroding skills. I guess I was wrong, Denver certainly looks like Superbowl contenders!

  73. he’ll need to keep throwing ’em too!! Their running game is crap!! Knowshon doesn’t KNOW how to run, Ball is OK, but his blocking is junk!
    should’a kept Willis Mcgahee in all honesty!!!

  74. I loved watching the Bronco’s kick sum ass and take taken names tonight . Without a doubt the Sheriff is back in town and he’s brought his deputies Welker, D Thomas, Decker, and J Thomas. He’s proved he’s not afraid to pull the trigger So stay out of his way as he’s on his way to the Super Bowl.

  75. 1.) The Ravens SB last year was no fluke – they earned it.

    2.) They also lost a bunch of talent this year and arent nearly as good as last season.

    3.) Manning was awesome. Manning IS awesome.

  76. Hate and jealousy caused many to say Peyton Manning was all washed up. How bout now? In the same way, don’t let hate turn you into an ignorant fool and say the Ravens are done, too.

  77. Gee, no sign of Joemontanaflacco dude, who up til now was averaging about 5 posts for every topic. Wonder where he is?

    Well Ravens fans, you wanted the Flacco era, you got it. THIS is what it looks like when Jump Ball Joe becomes the focal point of the offense. Get used to it, because it’s gonna look like this for a long time.

  78. well manning looked liked a 20 million dollar per season qb last night, and Flacco looked like a 6 million…..all i have to sayin 2016 when flacco is making almost 30 million per season…good luck

  79. Haha the ratbirds are using the harbaugh non call as an excuse…….they could have been ten of those and you still wouldn’t have beaten the broncos.!! What a bunch of whiners

  80. Anyone who started Manning last night in fantasy football has already won this week. Anyone who didn’t or played against someone who did, has already lost this week.

  81. And it came to pass that John Elway former Denver Super Bowl winning QB and Hall of Famer was made VP of Operations of his former team the Denver Broncos.
    Surveying the scene, he deemed that Tim Tebow the current QB was nothing like the image he wanted running His team. After surveying the NFL land, he realized the Great Peyton Manning had become available because of his injury. Speaking with him HOFQB to Future HOFQB, he deemed this is my guy. He reminds me most of myself and my expectations. A deal was reached as Elway kept his fingers crossed that Peyton’s surgery was successful…..And the rest is history to be further written.

  82. ampatsisahypocrite says: Sep 6, 2013 12:36 PM

    Well Ravens fans, you wanted the Flacco era, you got it. THIS is what it looks like when Jump Ball Joe becomes the focal point of the offense. Get used to it, because it’s gonna look like this for a long time.
    How did Flacco cause this? Last I checked he didn’t play defense. This came down to dropped passes on offense, poor secondary, and a Jedi master at QB on the other side. Flacco was not to blame.

  83. Peyton has talent like none I have ever seen before. He is an amazing talent with an amazing gift and pushes himself and those around him to be their best. know matter what you think of the guy, his talent is undeniable!

  84. azarkhan says:
    Sep 6, 2013 9:27 AM
    bucrightoff says: Funny story, Joe Flacco makes more money than Peyton Manning.

    Funny story, Flacco is 28, Manning is 37, and they each of 1 SB win.


    Funny story… one of them is going straight to the HOF, and the other… is well… not.

  85. An honest breakdown of the game showed a Ravens team in the first full game of the season getting gassed in the mile high thin air. After having Jacoby knocked out on that freak play they were left with three wide recievers, one of them 36 years old, and a need to run a hurry up offense. They abandoned the running game early, even though it was effective, and that hurt their ability to come back when Oher hyperextended that knee. Flacco is clearly missing Pitta and Boldin, who we can all agree are far superior to Stokely and Clark, and Dixon looks like his injury isn’t completely healed. With the offense struggling to convert first downs, that defense started spending longer and longer on the field. The big guys ran out of steam on the line and couldn’t keep up a decent pass rush, even though they did manage to sack Manning a few times. With the DBs worn out, the linemen dragging, and the linebackers doing everything they could to slow down Julius Thomas, there were just too many weapons on the outside to contain. Once the team started getting frustrated and got undisciplined with the penalties, that game was over.

    Positives for Baltimore are they shut down the run completely, the running game clicked nicely until they gave up on it, and if the offense is moving the ball, a rested defense should be able to maintain a good pass rush.

    Denver looks pretty scary at this point. Rodgers-Cromartie seems to have taken the coaching up to heart. He kept Smith more or less out of the game completely. When Bailey comes back they’re going to have two shutdown corners. And that’s really bad news when they get back Miller, especially considering how athletic that linebacker corp is. Julius Thomas looked like the second coming of Tony Gonzales. We’ll see if he can keep that up all season. Welker showed that he wasn’t just a product of Tom Brady throwing him the ball, but it certainly doesn’t hurt that he got Manning to throw it to him now. Demaryius Thomas is amazing. Bubble screen taken to the house? Yeah, he’s anchoring my fantasy team.

    Negatives for Denver? They couldn’t do anything in the running game, and when it gets cold they are going to need one. Eric Decker looked like he forgot how to play football. Those drops were inexcuseable. Dropping the ball before you get to the endzone? Really? Get your head in the game, fella.

    Steelers fans: I enjoyed watching Baltimore getting Old Yeller’ed as much as the rest of you, but Pittsburgh didn’t beat them, Denver did. Let’s hold off on the gloating until we stomp the Titans on Sunday.

  86. Flacco will prove once again he deserves his contract…

    Flacco’s contract? What about Stafford & Romo? What have they accomplished? Flacco makes the playoffs every year, yet no one complains about these other contracts, accept, McNabb, lol.

    It’s only one game and Ravens are definitely not dead. Buffalo defeated the Patriots 31–0 during the first game of the 2003 season. How did that work out for the Pats?

  87. —- “Manning > Brady

    For all you knuckle dragging patriots fans, that means that Manning is better.”

    *Brady > Manning

    Fixed it for you bro. Brady almost threw 7 in a playoff game. Still 2 rings shy

  88. Hats off to Flacco’s agent. He pulled off the biggest ripoff in history! I’ve watched Flacco from the beginning. He’s a solid role player. Period. Never seen salary so out of proportion.

  89. PManning is a great QB, but before you fanbois crown him GOAT remember that he doesn’t perform well when under pressure .. history has shown that, even recent history (last year’s playoff loss to these ravens).

    Joe Montana was awesome under pressure .. consider that when thinking about the GOAT.

  90. Alright Broncos fans time to stop beating your chest.. I am not a Ravens fan at all, but I seem to remember last year the Broncos beat the Ravens during the regular season last year, only to get a typical Manning playoff performance.

    Also you are the same bunch of clowns who ran around 2 years ago thinking Teebow was the second coming. How are all those 15 jerseys looking right about now?

  91. To joe montanaflacco wannabe steeler fan;
    How about those Ravens????? Will be 1st super bowl team to not make the playoffs the next year…Starting the season and will finish the season in the basement. Bahahahahahahaha

    Looks like the Titans just wiped that smug grin right off your face. Hahahahahaha!

  92. deathonwings410 says: Sep 8, 2013 12:33 PM

    While the Ravens are winning real Super Bowls, the Broncos were spending all off season preparing for their Week 1 Super Bowl.
    If that’s what you have to say about your “younger faster” defense giving up 49, go right ahead. We’ll focus on 2013/2014 while you losers keep chirping about last year.

  93. s0merand0mguy says: Sep 6, 2013 11:04 AM

    harrisbd99 says: Sep 6, 2013 12:59 AM

    Danny Trevathan = DeSean 2.0

    Nobody is DeSean but DeSean. And to suggest this guys better (adding the 2.0) is foolish. If this guy can accomplish half of what DeSean has (making the pro bowl at two positions, YPC record, etc) then get back to me.
    Actually he was referring to DeSean’s boneheadedness in regards to his showboating that cost his team a TD. But go ahead and get all hurt over nothing. Just to clarify, Trevathan plays DEFENSE, so it isn’t really possible to compare the two. Unless you’re referring to stupidity. Which seems to be in abundance in your neck of the woods.

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