The Baltimore Ravens suffered a crushing defeat against the Denver Broncos at the opening game for the two teams. It was a stunning victory not only for the Broncos as a whole but for Payton Manning himself who tied the NFL record of seven touchdown passes, tipping the score to an astounding 49-27.
Five of those touchdowns were executed in the second half, sealing the deal for Denver who ended the game by taking a knee and running down the clock.
Wes Welker, who spent the previous six seasons playing for New England, proved to be a valuable addition to the team. Welker caught nine of Manning’s passes for 67 yards and turned two of those into a touchdown.
Julius Thomas and Demaryius Thomas also gave us a top performance scoring two touchdowns each as well. Thomas took on 151 yards through five of his grabs, leading all receivers. Meanwhile Thomas also received five passes hitting 110 yards.
Although we saw an impressive performance from several of the Broncos this game the Raven’s loss could have had something to do with the eight starter’s gone from last year’s team. This includes wide receiver Anquan Boldin, safety Ed Reed, and future Hall-of-Famer Ray Lewis. These departures were certainly evident through this crushing defeat.
This victory proved Broncos fans still have a lot to look forward to. We’re all anticipating this to be the season Manning breaks that record for touchdown passes!