NFL Kickoff week began Thursday with a Green Bay Packers upset over the New Orleans Saints. Green Bay took the win 42-34.
But Sunday brought out all the big boys! The biggest bang of the season start hands down went to the Baltimore Ravens beating their rivals and 2011 AFC champs, the Pittsburgh Steelers in a 35-7 victory at the Ravens M&T Bank Stadium. Revenge is bitter sweet and the Ravens were finally able to relieve that bitter taste in their mouths from last year’s disappointing playoff loss.
“We know it’s Week 1, it’s not the playoffs, but that playoff taste [from last year], now that’s over,” said running back Ray Rice. “They beat us in the playoffs, alright. They’re not the Super Bowl champs.”
Rice finished with 107 yards and one touchdown in yesterday’s game.
The Ravens forced the Steelers to seven turnovers, a team record and proved that they have the overall advantage to go far this season–defense and a great offensive line! Safety, Ed Reed showed he has not lost his incredible eye, pulling two interceptions, his 12th multi-pick game in a regular season. Big Ben was sacked four times!
Quarterback Joe Flacco completed 17 of 29 passes for 224 yards and three touchdowns.
“When you go down there on the first drive the way we did, it definitely boosts your confidence, even that much more, to continue to do it,” said Flacco.
The rematch between the Ravens and Steelers takes place November 6th on Pittsburgh territory.
Other big wins came from the Philadelphia Eagles over the St. Louis Rams, the Chicago Bears over the Atlanta Falcons, and the Washington Redskins over the NY Giants.
Tonight the New England Pats suit up against the Miami Dolphins. Critics are anxious to see what big trades Chad Ochocinco and Reggie Bush will do with their new squads. The second game tonight features the Oakland Raiders vs. the Denver Broncos.
Time for some football!!!!!!