Found September 07, 2013 on The Hot Read:
The Baltimore Ravens took a beating from Denver last night. The final score was 49-27 and it wasn't that close. After an even first half, the Broncos dominated every aspect of the game in the second half, including a record-tying 7 TD passes from Peyton Manning. They moved the ball at will and scored touchdown after touchdown.  What does this mean for the Browns? After they open at home this Sunday against the Dolphins, the Browns head to Baltimore to play the Ravens in week 2. It will be the Ravens' home opener and their Super Bowl champion team from last season will be honored before the game. Numerous members of the Browns' media sent tweets out during the game last night with the same dire message. The Ravens are going to be mad. They were embarrassed on national TV in their first game as defending champs and they are going to take it out on the Browns. Should the Browns be worried? No more than before any other game.The Ravens got embarrassed on national TV because they aren't the same team as last year. They aren't as good. Their defense couldn't cover anyone. At times they didn't even seem to realize Wes Welker was on the field as no one was within 5 yards of him. They let a tight end with one career catch go over 100 yards and score two TD's. Demaryious Thomas caught a screen pass and went 78 yards without being touched. Peyton Manning is a Hall of Famer, but he had never thrown 7 TD's in a game before last night. He probably could have thrown 8, but showed a little mercy at the end. The Ravens overhauled their defense in the offseason, and it looked atrocious. They lost Hall of Famers Ray Lewis and Ed Reed, and key contributors Paul Kruger, Bernard Pollard, Cary Williams, and Daniel Ellerbe. This defense is in big trouble. Offensively, they missed Anquan Boldin. Why they virtually gave away one of the most dependable receivers in the NFL is a mystery. Then, following an injury to Jacoby Jones, Flacco was forced to look for the newly acquired Dallas Clark and Brandon Stokely, which might be good if this was 2008, but not so much in 2013. Torrey Smith didn't provide any big plays and has not shown he can be a #1 receiver. Losing reliable tight end Dennis Pitta hurt this team as well. Flacco was back to looking like old Flacco again. After one of the all-time great post-season runs, where he led his team to the title, Flacco was rewarded with a huge new contract. Without his key weapons and time to throw though, he looked much more mediocre. I don't have any statistics to support this, but I don't believe that teams who suffer humiliating beatdowns, like the Ravens did last night, have a history of coming back and "taking it out" on their next opponents. Usually teams take beatings like that because they aren't very good. If anything, the Browns should have more optimism. Obviously, the Browns are not the Broncos. They don't have Manning, Welker, Thomas, or many of the weapons the Broncos do. But neither do the Ravens, and they were exposed last night. The Browns need to get off to a good start this weekend against Miami. After losing 13 of 14 opening games, it is critical for them to get a win to get the season started off right. When that game is over though, they should head to Baltimore knowing that they will not be facing the same team that won the Super Bowl last season. This is a much more beatable team that has to be doubting itself seriously right now.
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