From The Washington Post
Eight months after leaving the same stadium on the ultimate high, the Baltimore Ravens trudged out of Sports Authority Field late Thursday night as a thoroughly beaten team, taken apart by Peyton Manning and exposed by the Denver Broncos in every way.
In a 49-27 defeat in a game they actually led at halftime, all the Ravens’ preseason concerns rose to the surface from defensive breakdowns to dropped passes to dubious penalties.
Manning threw seven touchdown passes, the most ever allowed by the Ravens and ties the NFL record for the most touchdown passes. It also was the most points ever allowed by the Ravens.
Manning connected with four different receivers and he was at his absolute best in a third quarter when the Broncos turned a three-point deficit into a rout in front of the announced 76, 977.
As risky as it is to draw conclusions from season-opening games, it’s hard not to be awed by what the Denver Broncos did to the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday night. It wasn’t just the 49-27 final score or Peyton Manning‘s tying an NFL record with seven touchdown passes. It was the ease with which Denver rolled past the Ravens. It’s as if the Broncos merely were waiting for the right time to show the world why they are the class of the AFC this season.
There are plenty of things about Western Kentucky that might keep Tennessee coaches up at night this week.
There is the fact that the Hilltoppers knocked off Kentucky, an SEC team, by nine points last week while putting up nearly 500 yards of total offense against the Wildcats. WKU has multiple NFL-caliber players. The Vols, having faced a lower-tier FCS opponent in Austin Peay, really don’t know how good they are yet.
From Fox Sports Tennessee
Butch Jones believes a team’s biggest growth occurs between the first and second games of a given season.
The new University of Tennessee football coach hopes his team follows that mantra this week. After all, visiting Western Kentucky University figures to provide a much stiffer test than last Saturday’s 45-0 rout of Austin Peay, with the Volunteers easily scoring on their first six possessions.