Bengals 27, Ravens 20 – In a game which saw plenty of players head to the sidelines like the walking wounded, the Ravens actually had more yards on offense and better O-numbers than the stacked Bengals. The problem was that the Ravens also turned the ball over six times. Still, they looked ready to overcome that, until a completely BS pass interference call was thrown on TE Todd Heap as he caught a touchdown pass that would have tied the game late in the fourth quarter from Kyle Boller, as Steve McNair suffered a strained groin in the season opener (better phone Byron Leftwich’s agent, Ozzie Newsome.)
49ers 20, Cardinals 17 – God, what a boring, worthless crock this was for the first 55 minutes or so. The stat you really need to know, as announced by the Three Mikes late: both of the quarterbacks led their respective teams in rushing, and I’m not sure who should be ashamed more: Edgerrin James and Frank Gore, their offensive lines, or their offensive line coaches. Alex Smith got the Niners moving with a 20+ yard gain on his legs with under a minute to go, and Arnaz Battle got the go-ahead score on an end-around.
So that makes me 7-9 this first week. Blech.
Photo: AP/Al Behrman