The NFL has the greatest countdown all year. Sure, people could look at the tradition that takes place in New York City ringing in the new year. However, we get a sense of what they’re throwing to us that night. With the NFL, we have no clue what is in store until they show it on national television.
For instance, two years ago, the Green Bay Packers opened up the season at home against the New Orleans Saints. It was just around the time of the ten year memorial anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks that took place on September 11, 2001. The crowd all held up pieces to make it one big American flag to show they do not forget what happened that dark day and times since.
Last night, in an odd occasion of the defending Super Bowl champs not hosting the season opener, the fans at Sports Authority Stadium at Mile High made it as if the Denver Broncos were defending champs. With the Baltimore Ravens in town, the media did not forget who was the defending champs in the game.
The media had a chilling countdown with one legend from all 32 teams counting down what should have been the timing for kickoff. However, the weather had something else on it’s mind as it always does in the late summer months within the Rocky Mountain region.
That suspended play felt to be much longer than that NCAA laid down on Johnny Manziel.
NBC had one-on-one pieces with players such as quarterback’s Peyton Manning and Joe Flacco asking them about the mixed emotions each team faced on their playoff journey last season with the Ravens ultimately ending the Broncos season in dramatic fashion that would help lead the birds to beating the 49ers in the Super Bowl.
The journey for these two teams started last night. The Broncos wanted revenge for that late game meltdown they experienced against the Ravens. The Ravens however are looking for a new start with Flacco signed to a major deal and many key players missing, including legendary Middle Linebacker Ray Lewis, who for the first time in eighteen years is not suiting up for the Baltimore Ravens.
With a new season begins a new storybook for all football fans.
Arthur’s pick ’em:
Green Bay 31 @ San Francisco 38
Cincinnati 17 @ Chicago 7
Atlanta 38 @ New Orleans 45
New York Giants 13 @ Dallas 24 (SNF)
Philadelphia 17 @ Washington 27 (MNF)