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Let’s be honest. I mean, we’re not Raiders’ fans. That Wes Welker catch to start the second half, well, was not a complete catch at all. However, the Ravens didn’t challenge the first-down call, and the turn around began. Juluis Thomas and Knowshon Moreno celebrate after Thomas’ first career touchdown Thursday (Photo Credit: Ron Chenoy, USA Today Sports)
The first half of the NFL kickoff between the Denver Broncos and the Baltimore Ravens was a little slow, to say the least. The Ravens drew first blood scoring three times with touchdowns from Ray Rice, Vonta Leach, and a 25-yard fields goal from Justin Tucker. Breakout tight end Julius Thomas scored two touchdowns for the Broncos in the first half, which was exciting for me, since Thomas comes from Portland State, which is in my school’s division and we play them every year. This brought us to a 17-14 Ravens lead at halftime.
In the third quarter, Wes Welker made two touchdown passes, one of them resulting from the catch aforementioned, which was nice to see since he started the game a little shaky. Wide receiver Andre Caldwell also made a fingertip grab touchdown in the third quarter. The defense stepped up in the third as well, sacking Flacco four times and holding the Ravens to only two first downs and only 32-yards.
“It’s hard to beat the Ravens unless you can stop the run. If you can’t stop the run, the Ravens can beat you all day. That’s something we had to do — shut down Ray Rice and eliminate the big, explosive plays. We did both tonight, said cornerback Chris Harris, whose diving, second-quarter interception set up the Broncos for their first points of the game according to denverbroncos.com.
The fourth quarter was just as exciting, as Manning found wide receiver Demariyus Thomas twice for touchdowns, and Manning had his third game where he threw six or more touchdowns in a single game, the last one being against the Steelers last year, where he found the endzone seven times as well, making him the first quarterback to throw for seven touchdowns in a game since 1969, and he has done it twice now.
One of the biggest, but maybe more funny than anything, the defense made in the second half was when Danny Trevathan picked off Flacco in the fourth quarter, and sprinting towards the end zone, he let go of the ball in celebration before actually crossing the goal line, causing a touchback.
“It was a young mistake. I was just in the moment,” Trevathan said. This was Trevathan’s first career game in his second season. Although the Ravens did march down the field and score off of his mistake, I don’t believe it was a make or break moment and we can chuckle about it.
This win was a huge motivator for the Broncos, taking back their pride after that devaststaing loss to the Ravens in the playoffs last year. I think fans, as well as the team and coaches couldn’t be happier to get this eight month chip off of their shoulder.
“I mean we’ve had to talk about that game forever. I think we were just looking forward to playing again — unfortunately it wasn’t the next week of last year. We had to wait eight months. Really at the end of the day it was a fire in your belly, a pain, a scar – I don’t know, anywhere you want. But it is a motivator,” Head Coach John Fox said.
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And we have another reason to be thankful for the NFL’s return this season… Here’s a shot that the NBC camera man got coming back from commercial that more than likely didn’t lose any viewers during the Thursday night football broadcast. Does anyone have a dollar?
Not quite yet. Although the game was incredible feat getting a little revenge on the Super Bowl champions, which entailed the 49-27 score, the most the Baltimore Ravens have ever given up in a game, there were a lot of “rookie” mistakes that still need to be resolved before the Broncos can be considered a Super Bowl caliber team, although they are one of the top contenders...
Julius Thomas was one of the players fantasy owners had their eye on entering the Denver Broncos’ season-opening game against the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday night, and he proved he is more than worth a spot on your fantasy roster. Thomas caught five passes for 110 yards and two touchdowns in Denver’s 49-27 whooping over […]
Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas was arrested last week in Arapahoe County for failure to appear for a previous ticket according to a sheriff's report.
According to court reports Thomas was cited on Jan. 25 for failing to yield to an emergency vehicle. He was initially scheduled to appear March 21 and failed to appear so a warrant was issued.
The sheriff's office...
Here are four fantasy revelations from the Broncos' 49-27 thumping of the Ravens on Thursday, which included an NFL-record-tying performance from Peyton Manning.
1. Even in hindsight, it's hard to feel guilty about Manning's No. 8 ranking for the week
Of his nine previous season openers, Manning (462 yards passing, seven TDs vs. Baltimore) had thrown for 2,529 yards...
Broncos LB Danny Trevathan picked off a Joe Flacco pass in the 4th last night ... and then dropped it showboating like a clown. [h/t NY Post]
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Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos waited eight long months, then another 33 minutes, to get the season started.
A record-tying seven touchdown passes - something no one had done in 44 years - made it worth the while.
Connecting with his most prized addition, Wes Welker, and former college basketball player Julius Thomas and Demaryius Thomas for two TDs each, Manning directed...
Broncos linebacker Danny Trevathan intercepted Joe Flacco in the fourth quarter on Thursday night and was THIS close to his first career touchdown. Unfortunately, he joined the Desean Jackson Premature Celebration club and dropped the ball before he crossed the goal line, leading to a touchback instead of a touchdown.
And if you thought things couldn’t get worse, the Ravens went...
Yeah, she isn't wearing anything more--or less--than what cheerleaders always do; maybe it is just the close proximity of the shot, the lucky timing for the cameraman, or simply the fact that this lovely young lady has one very nice rump.
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Peyton Manning tied an NFL record with seven touchdown passes against the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens on Thursday night. Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos waited eight long months, then another 33 minutes, to get the season started.
Broncos halfback Knowshon Moreno started Thursday's game against Baltimore.Fantasy Spin:It basically means nothing since head coach John Fox already indicated that Denver would be giving Moreno, Ronnie Hillman and Montee Ball an equal amount of snaps. Out of the three, we still think Ball has the most upside.
The NFL season kicked off tonight, and the Denver Broncos easily took down the defending champion Baltimore Ravens. On one of the game’s crazier plays, Denver linebacker Danny Trevathan picked off an absolutely horrid Joe Flacco pass and took it the other way for a touchdown — or so he thought. Replays showed that Trevathan showed clearly let go of the ball in celebration before...
If you missed the NFL season opener Thursday night between the Denver Broncos and the Baltimore Ravens you missed a barn burner--at least from Denver's side of things. The Broncos defense played well enough against the Flacco Attack, but the real show came whenever Peyton Manning was on the field.
The wily veteran showed just why he is one of the greatest...
The NFL 2013 season kicked off Thursday night with the world champion Baltimore Ravens facing off against the Denver Broncos at Mile High Stadium. The game entered halftime with the Ravens up but, the second half was all about the legend that is Peyton Manning. Manning tied a 40-year-old NFL record with 462 passing yards, throwing seven touchdowns with no interceptions.
Shannon Sharpe has been with CBS since 2004. He’s one of the main analysts for the NFL Today on CBS. Sharpe was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton in 2011.
I had an exclusive with him at CBS NFL Media Day, where we discussed many other topics including his outspoken personality, some of the candid things he said about others, and how they react to it.