The Baltimore Ravens played their Week 2 game on Thursday night which means they will not be participating in a game on Sunday. When your team isn't playing on Sunday, it's a little annoying. Sure you love football and are willing to watch any NFL game, but it's just not the same if it isn't your team playing.
The Ravens might not be playing on Sunday, but Ravens' fans might and should be interested in some other games to take place today. The Cincinnati Bengals will host the Atlanta Falcons and the Cleveland Browns will travel to New Orleans to take on the Saints.
After suffering a Week 1 loss to the Bengals, the Ravens will be hoping that they fall in week two and even up both their records at 1-1.
Last week, the Bengals faced off with a much tougher defense than the Falcons. The Ravens have athleticism, size up front, and quickness which are all defensive attributes that the Falcons lack. Cincinnati had trouble punching the ball into the end zone, as they had to settle for five field goals last week. Their only touchdown came with under five minutes left, when Andy Dalton hooked up with A.J. Green on a 77-yard touchdown, that ultimately won the game.
Much like the Ravens on Thursday night, the Bengals way outplayed their opponent in week one. However, also much like the Ravens on Thursday night, they could have easily won by a bigger margin. Both the Bengals and the Ravens will have to work on their red zone offense, and I'm sure that they will in the coming weeks.
It will be fun to see two of the best receivers in football, Green and Julio Jones, face off on Sunday. Expect a pretty high scoring game between the Falcons and the Bengals.
As for the Browns, they put forth an abysmal effort in the first half last week against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but played a terrific second half.
The Browns went into the halftime locker room down 27-3, but they made adjustments and it showed in the second half. They scored two touchdowns in the first six minutes of the second half on two scores by running back Isiah Crowell, to immediately cut the Pittsburgh lead to 10.
With 11:15 remaining in the game, Brian Hoyer hooked up with Travis Benjamin to give the Browns quarterback his first touchdown of the season and to tie the game up at 27. However, Ben Roethlisberger led the Steelers down the field on the final drive of the game and Shaun Suisham hit a game-winning 41-yard field goal as time expired as the Steelers beat the Browns 30-27 in a week one match up.
The Browns did lose the game, but coming back from a 24 point deficit was enough to give the Cleveland fans some hope. However, they will have a tough time in week two against the high-flying New Orleans Saints offense. The Saints lost their own heart-breaker last week on a last-second field goal by Falcons kicker Matt Bryant.
The Browns likely won't be legitimate AFC North contenders this year, even with receiver Josh Gordon's suspension being reduced to ten games. But beating or even competing with Drew Brees and the Saints would certainly be a good start and something to sought after and build upon.