Bah bah bah baaah!
Following the first Sunday of the 2012-13 NFL season, what better way to cap Week 1 than a double-dose of "Monday Night Football"? Not only do we get a double header, but we get two divisional match-ups.
The Baltimore Ravens host the Cincinnati Bengals in the first game of the night at M&T Bank Stadium at 7 p.m. ET, while the Oakland Raiders takes on their AFC West rivals, the San Diego Chargers, in the late game at 10:15 p.m.
Since there are no rookie quarterbacks making their debuts tonight, maybe that means we won't see any turnover-heavy performances. Unless, Carson Palmer or the Ravens' defense has anything to say about that.
In the opener, the stout Ravens defense led by Ray Lewis will try to disrupt Cincinnati's dynamic duo of quarterback Andy Dalton and star wideout A.J. Green. They'll do their best to make Dalton look like Brandon Weeden did on Sunday. On the other side of the ball, Joe Flacco will look to begin a breakout season. In the nightcap, we might also see the Raiders unleash running back Darren McFadden on the San Diego defense. There's also Philip Rivers and Antonio Gates trying to lift the Chargers back to the top of the AFC West.
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Looks like the Raiders are in need for a long snapper.
Chargers get off the punt while the Raiders send everyone and leave nobody back there to return. GAME OVER.
CHARGERS WIN 22-6.
Rivers hesitates and then take a knee. There is a 3-second difference between the play clock and the regular clock. The Chargers will take the delay of game penalty and punt it with three seconds.
|@ MichaelDavSmith : If you're still watching football despite having to work in the morning, I salute you.|
Chargers go up the middle again for another short gain and the Raiders call their final timeout with 46 seconds left.
Chargers run the ball up the middle and the Raiders call one of their two timeouts. 50 seconds left.
Janikowski's onside attempt never going anywhere but to the Chargers. That'll do it.
Streater caught the 2-pt conversion, too.
In the final minute, Raiders find the endzone. Palmer hits Streeter between the numbers. And they're going for 2.
|@ ESPNStatsInfo : Nate Kaeding's 5 FG for Chargers are most by anyone in a game this week. Last guy with more in season opener-- Jeff Wilkins, 2006 Rams (6)|
|@ wyche89 : Chargers are just whoopin up on the Bad News Bears right now.|
Palmer drops back and fires a pass down the middle to Myers for the first down.
Palmer hits Reece with a short pass to his right for a gain of 5.
After a touchback, Shaun Phillips sacks Carson Palmer for a loss of 19. This is just brutal.
Nick Kaeding kicks a 45-yard field goal for his FIFTH of the game. Who had Kaeding on their fantasy team? 22-6 CHARGERS
Ronnie Brown runs left this time and gets stopped behind the line of scrimmage.
Ronnie Brown gets the carry on a draw play and picks up about 5 yards.
Chargers call timeout with 6:36 left in the game.
Rivers throws a screen pass to McLain but he only gets about 4 or 5 on the play.
Brinkley runs left but Seymour is there and hits him in the backfield. The Raiders can't punt. And the Chargers go backwards on every running play.
Rivers drops back and finds Floyd wide open inside the 20. Ball is now at the 16.
|@ richeisen : Ouch. RT @marshallfaulk: Has anyone seen the QB for the #Raiders? Didn't they give up a couple of 1st rounders for a upgrade?|
Eddie Royal gets a toss on an end-around but can't get beyond the line of scrimmage. 8:52 left in the game.
Chargers start at Oakland's 42 but rush for no gain on first down.
|@ wyche89 : Raiders = Bad News Bears. #dumpsterfire|
|@ awfulannouncing : The Raiders literally cannot execute a punt.|
The long snapper screws up the snap again with another grounder and Lechler can't do anything with it. That's just embarrassing.