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.
With popularity undimmed by a series of hard hits off the field, the National Football League opens the 2013 season on Thursday with a mouth-watering match-up of multi-millionaire quarterbacks.
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. ...
By Steve Keating Sept 4 (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 Feb. 2 when New York and New Jersey host the first outdoor, cold weather Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium. ...
Ever since the NFL announced that the champion Ravens would open the season at Denver, the Broncos have been salivating over a chance to get back at Baltimore.
COMMENTARY | The NFL regular season is finally here, and the games finally count. In 2013, the Indianapolis Colts look to build off last season's 11-5 finish and playoff loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
The NFL officially returns on Thursday, and Shutdown Corner is rolling out the red carpet, previewing everything to come for the 2013 season. We’ll finish it off by picking our individual awards and the Super Bowl winner on Thursday before the Ravens and Broncos kick off the season. Back before the preseason started, we rolled out some power rankings . A lot has happened since then. We don't know if the Bills have a functional quarterback. We don't know if the Jets do, either. The NFL made Von Miller's reported four-game suspension a six-game suspension. The Steelers sound ready to roll with Felix Jones as their starting tailback (yikes). Dozens of Vikings fans threatened to hunt us down if we didn't move their team up. [Play Y! Sports Fantasy Football: The No. 1 free fantasy football game! ] So with all those moving parts, the power rankings from a month ago needed some tweaking. So here are the power rankings, which will be updated every Tuesday morning here, headed into the regular season with a comment on what we've learned in the last month about each team (this time, the "last week" rankings will be from our initial pre-preseason rankings):
By Steve Keating (Reuters) - With no lockouts, no replacement referees no 'Bountygate' and no concussion lawsuit to worry about the spotlight will be back on the field when the National Football League (NFL) season kicks off on Thursday. After a pay-for-pain scandal involving the New Orleans Saints and two labor disputes - one between owners and players and another between the league and referees - blotted the start of the last two seasons, the 2013 campaign is set for a smooth launch with the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens visiting the Denver Broncos. ...
By Steve Keating Sept 2 (Reuters) - With no lockouts, no replacement referees no 'Bountygate' and no concussion lawsuit to worry about the spotlight will be back on the field when the National Football League (NFL) season kicks off on Thursday. After a pay-for-pain scandal involving the New Orleans Saints and two labor disputes - one between owners and players and another between the league and referees - blotted the start of the last two seasons, the 2013 campaign is set for a smooth launch with the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens visiting the Denver Broncos. ...

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