With a 44-13 victory against the division rival Cincinnati Bengals, the Baltimore Ravens have shown that they are deservedly contenders for the AFC title. Their rout of the Bengals now moves the Ravens to 5-0 in season openers under John Harbaugh. They also continued their dominance at home where they have now won 12 consecutive games.
What was different about this game though was the appearance of a new-look offense that totaled 430 yards. The offensive was startlingly explosive as they forced the Bengals'10th-ranked defense from last season into submission. Though they allowed some long drives early on, the defense did their job, especially in the second half where they only allowed one field goal.
The 44 points accounted for the third most in franchise history. It also made the Ravens the fifth team to top 40 points, which is the most ever for an NFL opening weekend.
Can this new high-scoring offense stay consistent? The Ravens and their fans have to hope so as the team looked unstoppable in the fourth quarter with both the offense and defense clicking. Next week's game against the Philadelphia Eagles will be a crucial test as to how far the Ravens offense has come.
In the meantime, here's a look at the winners and losers in the Ravens' Week 1 victory.