Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos dismantled the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens in the season opener. Then they delivered a convincing victory on the road against Manning's younger brother and the rest of the New York Giants.
COMMENTARY | The AFC West was all but handed to the Denver Broncos before the 2013 NFL season even began. After a dominant 2-0 start (convincing wins against the Baltimore Ravens and New York Giants), most are still willing to appoint Peyton Manning and Co. the paper champions of the division -- and rightfully so.
The Baltimore Ravens aren't going to apologize for a win, nor should they. Every win counts the same in the NFL, and the Ravens avoided the dreaded 0-2 start. Ask teams like Washington, the New York Giants, Carolina and Minnesota how 0-2 feels. So the Ravens are in the winners category. But, they also dip a toe in the losers side too. Baltimore will have to improve a ton if it wants to make the playoffs to defend its Super Bowl title. And now the Ravens have to monitor running back Ray Rice's hip injury. The team said Rice suffered just a strained hip flexor, but it was pretty scary to see him go down in a heap with no contact in the fourth quarter. The Ravens offense was pretty bad with Rice for three-plus quarters. They played an ugly game with no points in the first half. Baltimore, which was blown out in Week 1 at Denver, is lucky that the Browns couldn't find the end zone even if quarterback Brandon Weeden had a GPS navigation system installed in his helmet. They squeaked out a 14-6 win. The champs are not playing like champs yet this season. But at least they'll be fixing some of their issues with a win in their back pocket. Here are the rest of the Week 2 winners and losers:
(Reuters) - Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers sliced up the Washington Redskins' defense while new dad Joe Flacco led the reigning Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens to a hard-fought win against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. Rodgers soared to a career-high 480 yards passing and four touchdowns and running back James Starks added 132 yards and a touchdown rushing as the Packers dominated the visiting Redskins 38-20, leading 31-0 at one point. "I didn't feel great before the game," Rodgers told reporters. ...
* Rodgers throws for career-high 480 yards * Chiefs surprise Cowboys to go to 2-0 * Texans outlast Titans in overtime (adds late games) Sept 15 (Reuters) - Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers sliced up the Washington Redskins' defense while new dad Joe Flacco led the reigning Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens to a hard-fought win against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. Rodgers soared to a career-high 480 yards passing and four touchdowns and running back James Starks added 132 yards and a touchdown rushing as the Packers dominated the visiting Redskins 38-20, leading 31-0 at one point. ...
COMMENTARY | The popular opinion I've seen in game previews and heard on sports talk radio is that the Cleveland Browns are lambs headed to the slaughter when they travel to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. Baltimore was thoroughly embarrassed at the Denver Broncos last Thursday night, and, if that wasn't enough reason for the Ravens to be up for their first divisional contest of the season, they'll also be celebrating their Super Bowl triumph for one final time. ...
(Reuters) - It may have only been the first week of the National Football League season but that is all that was needed for Super Bowl contenders to reveal themselves while other hopefuls got off to a rocky start. The Denver Broncos, San Francisco 49ers and New Orleans Saints confirmed their championship ambitions with impressive wins while the New England Patriots and Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens had worrying flaws exposed. ...
Sept 9 (Reuters) - It may have only been the first week of the National Football League season but that is all that was needed for Super Bowl contenders to reveal themselves while other hopefuls got off to a rocky start. The Denver Broncos, San Francisco 49ers and New Orleans Saints confirmed their championship ambitions with impressive wins while the New England Patriots and Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens had worrying flaws exposed. ...
DENVER -- Peyton Manning tied the NFL record with seven touchdown passes, including three in the third quarter to break open a tight game, and the Denver Broncos pulled away to beat the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens 49-27 Thursday night in the NFL's season-opening showcase.
By Steve Keating (Reuters) - The Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens and Denver Broncos, the hot favorite to lift the title, raise the curtain on the NFL's 2013 season on Thursday as the opening act to a Week One full on intrigue. Recycled players, rivalries, revenge and a return to the sidelines highlight the opening chapter of a five-month drama that will reach a chilling climax on February 2 when New York and New Jersey host the first outdoor, cold weather Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium. ...

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