With their crime-fighting wide receiver in tow, the Baltimore Ravens beat the Washington Redskins, 34-31 on Thursday night. While it was a just a preseason game, it was still an uncharacteristic performance from the Ravens, with their offense — led by Flacco and Lee Evans — bailing out a struggling Baltimore defense. After the game, Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata said, "As a unit, we can do better," then he looked over to Ed Reed and whispered, "Is this what Flacco has to do every Sunday? This sucks."
Self-recrimination was the theme of the night in Cincinnati, where Carolina quarterback Cam Newton lost a rookie duel with Bengals QB Andy Dalton, as the Bengals topped the Panthers, 24-13. Newton went 6 for 19 for 75 yards. After the game, he said, "It's unacceptable on my part." Panthers coach Ron Rivera, perhaps noticing his young quarterback needed a bit of an emotional pick-me-up, opted for some cutting-edge slang in his assessment of Newton's performance: "He's got some moxie." Aw, shucks.
We leave you for the weekend with this very interesting story from the Indianapolis Star, via Pro Football Talk. Earlier this week, after the Colts signed veteran (and retired) quarterback Kerry Collins, Indy wide receiver Reggie Wayne went off, sticking up for Curtis "Sons Of Anarchy Hair" Painter and the absent-while-recovering-from-neck-surgery Peyton Manning. But were there more nuanced reasons for Wayne's outburst? The Star suggests it was to light a fire under Manning's butt, or more specifically, his neck nerves. While PFT suggests Wayne's mild rebellion has more to do with his contract status than anything else. Reggie Wayne! The most interesting man in the world!