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Ravens Drop 2013 NFL Season Opener To Broncos 49-27


The defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens looked anything but that Thursday night as they lost 49-27 to the Denver Broncos in the 2013 NFL season opener.

Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning equaled the all-time NFL record with seven touchdown passes against the Ravens and he finished the game 27-of-42 for 462 yards. Wes Welker, Demaryius Thomas and Julius Thomas each had two touchdown receptions in the win.

Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, who signed a six-year, $120.6 million contract during the offseason, finished the game 34-of-62 for 362 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions in the loss.

If the loss wasn’t bad enough, the Ravens also lost wide receiver Jacoby Jones and right tackle Michael Oher to injuries in the first half. Jones suffered a knee injury when teammate Brynden Trawick collided with him while he was preparing to field a punt. Oher left the game with an ankle injury and did not return.

The Ravens now have a few extra days to lick their wounds as they next play the Cleveland Browns a week from Sunday at home.

The Pittsburgh Steelers can take a one game lead in the division on the Ravens this weekend as they will open their 2013 season Sunday at Heinz Field against the Tennessee Titans.

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  • Mike.H

    I just looked up Flacco’s cap numbers —

    13′ — 6.8M
    14′ — 14.8M
    15′ — 14.5M
    16′ — nearly 29M!
    17 [age 32] 31M!!

    gulp… Please comment to clarify finer details.

  • Kolie Oak

    That new Ravens defense gave up over 500 yards, and 7 passing TD’s???
    Ed Reed should of gotten some of that Flacco money!!!

  • sean mcmartin

    ravens will not repeat. bengals vs Steelers for division..

  • Fr33th1nk3r

    Unfortunately, even if nobody gets hurt, at best scenario, William Gay will be covering Julius Thomas when we play these guys. Probably with Polamalu assistance over the top.

  • Fr33th1nk3r

    I am hopeful they will go deep into the playoffs this year– that would be overachieving but they can do it. They might struggle at little at first but will come on later when it matters, as long as they collect a few wins early on.

  • Bill Bobertson

    I dislike the Ravens as much as the next guy. But, I fully expect them to rebound next week against the Browns. If they don’t, then I may start to worry if I was a Raven fan (thank God I’m not).

  • Mike.H

    I think week 3 Ravens play Houston with REED @ safty. yowza.

  • Mike.H

    I remember 4-5 seasons ago, Steelers got whipped by some team who seemingly completed 90% of all passes for I think 460 yds. Don’t remember the exact team that whupped us, tho.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    I think we should all take a moment and recognize what an admirable job Colbert and Kahn have done in managing our cap. Somehow they have been able to draft/sign/extend/restructure a 3-time Super Bowl, franchise QB, and still somehow keep together all the essential pieces of a #1 ranked defense.

    For all the praise Ozzie Newsome (deservedly) gets for his ability to find/draft/acquire talented players, he does not appear to have the budget smarts to keep them long term. He looked really good putting a team together when he only had to pay his franchise QB “rookie money”. But once the fair market value kicked in, he had to gut his defense to balance the numbers.

    Newsome overspends on almost all of his stars, whereas Colbert usually gets his stars to re-sign at a slight discount. I believe it was a huge error to over pay Flacco. If they truly believed in him they should’ve done it earlier/cheaper. Now the Ravens are in a semi rebuilding mode.

    I sometimes give Colbert some grief for not re-signing Keenan Lewis and bringing back Gay but overall he has done a stellar job at managing our cap and keeping our Super Bowl window open for so long.

  • bgsteelfan

    He’ll never play the last two years under that contract.

  • DerpinDickard

    The Packers I believe but the Steelers still beat them and Big Ben had over 500 yards himself that game.

  • Richard Edlin

    Not too sure about that; Flacco’s cap hit is still only half of Ben’s.

  • r4kolb

    It may have been the game against the Raiders when Gannon sliced and diced us. I think they ran the ball 5x. Exposed how God awful our corners were. Then Brady and the Pats did the same thing later that year.

  • Jonas

    Julius Thomas is the TE! As the Broncos frequently uses a Slot Receiver (Wes Welker of course) this usually would be the opponent for our Nickelback! Still Welker vs Gay surely this battle isn’t even..

    Timmons often covers the TE, isn’t he?

    (P.S.: After one year of just reading on steelers depot, I made me a new account. the admin could (if possible) delete my old account ‘kersos’ that is not willing to let me log in!)

  • joed32

    That’s because Flacco is in the early part of his contract and Ben is in the latter part. When Ben get’s his extension his cap number will go way down while Flacco’s will continue to rise until they extend him. Also Ben is a better QB.

  • JPDQ

    Right, and it’s not like they were playing a tomato can last night. Manning showed exactly why everybody is picking Denver to be in the Super Bowl.

    Ravens aren’t gonna flat-out collapse, and I’d expect them to be in a similar boat w/ Pittsburgh near that .500 mark at the end of the season. Wouldn’t surprise me at all if Pittsburgh, Cinci or Baltimore won the division at 9-7 this year.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    It looked like the Ravens only played with half of the defense they did last year….Oh wait…they did…lol

  • dgh57

    The Broncos’ victory was sweet for the Steelers but the only thing sweeter would’ve been us and Big Ben inflicting the pain of the loss. Broncos’ did us a favor, now we need to take advantage of it this weekend against the Titans!

    GO STEELERS!!!!!!

  • steeltown

    Flacco’s in the 1st year of his deal, always cap friendly.. in a few yrs it will far exceed that of Ben’s current yearly avg

  • steeltown

    Its evident the front 5 (DL & OLB) for the Ravens are very formidable, but their Inside LBs and secondary were very lackluster. I like Lardarius Webb but other than that the secondary was unimpressive.

    Obviously, Peyton is the man, he seems to be able to make any Team look bad, but that 2nd Half was insane, they weren’t able to cover anyone

    It’s still early and I expect them to bounce back, but me thinks they’re really going to miss Ray Lewis and Reed this year

  • RW

    I suspect Taylor will play on Welker and Allen on Thomas. Safety or ILB takes TE.

  • ATL96STEELER

    Agreed…the back 4 was not great LY, and I didn’t think they would be much better this year with the changes. I’m not thinking they will fall off the map, but I expect it to be a struggle every week for the defending champs…being the hunted is something the Steelers know very well.

  • Tom

    I do not believe the game was necessarily a sign of the Ravens demise. With 7 new starters on defense, the Ravens simply are going thru a transition. There is still good talent there. They will improve. Don’t forget that opening game a few years ago, when the Ravens absolutely throttled the Steelers. Sometimes good teams just have a stinker of a game. At the end of the year, I fully expect the Ravens to be in the mix.

  • TsarPepe

    Everybody has to underpay somewhere in order to balance the budget. Yes, the Ravens got a deal on Flacco’s rookie contract, but two years ago the Steelers had an outstanding receiving corps for which they paid peanuts.

  • Christopher Wilkes

    Currently in the NFL, the only thing that comes close to a steelers win is watching the Ravens getting pummeled. Oh what a joyous 2nd half that was.

  • Fr33th1nk3r

    Yes, he is the TE. That’s why when we beat the Cheatriots in 2010, Cortez Allen, then a nickelback, was covering Gronkowski.

  • Mike.H

    I think it was Derek Anderson but what team he was with, I don’t quite remember.

  • Marcus

    Great point! I completely agree. I often wonder how much influence Tomlin has on draft day.
    I think there has been a lot of push to acquire character guys who are professional.

  • charles

    Manning and the Broncos are a very close second

  • Richard Edlin

    It won’t go way down … it will be smaller but with massive deferred salary that will quickly make it difficult in later years. At the moment, there’s $5M a year just in deferred salaries … none of this is really a signing bonus from his initial deal.

  • Richard Edlin

    In 2015, it will be close to Ben’s current figure – if both stayed the same. Flacco will be gone in 2016.

    When Ben’s contract gets restructured next year, 2014 will be marginally cheaper for Roethlisberger but 2015 will again be more expensive than dead-eyed Joe.

    The more out of balance we get as a team, and the more salary is deferred, the harder it’s going to keep depth. Remember when Jonathan Scott (as a slightly younger ass-blocking version) was our bad backup tackle?

    Guy Whimper is a personification of what the Steelers can afford.

  • joed32

    They never get to those expensive last years in contracts.

  • Richard Edlin

    Ben has, although his final years have come at a higher cost than originally planned because the team haven’t actually paid for the earlier years yet.

    I’d agree that the 2016 and 2017 are organised so that they’ll be restructured. Restructuing the 2016 and 2017 cap hits to five and four years means you *start* with about $11.5M a year before salaries. Add in 20M a year salary and even if Flacco turns out to be elite, they probably can’t afford to keep him at $30M a year.

    It still doesn’t change the fact that they’ve got a series of years that are much cheaper than the Steelers have managed for Roesthlisberger. The Ravens can afford more depth, although not by much judging on last night’s display!

  • LucasY59

    Tom Lady, Belicheat and the Hateriots are more fun to watch lose, if Tebow was still with the Doncos it would be a different story

  • Christopher Wilkes

    Yeah I have to agree. Patriots are right behind the Ravens.

  • Jonas

    We just have to hope Allen will be able to play, than they would probably play like you said, but with Allen in the Slot as Ike is a pure Outside Corner imo!

    Or Gay has to face Welker or Thomas, as I’m sure Tomlin won’t throw Shamarko/Golden in for a role that big!

  • Jonas

    That was a great game of Allen, but he’s big enough for TE’s! Gay certainly is not

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