Ravens Turn Over Win to Bengals

NFL's best offense breaks through best defense to win 27-20
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 11, 2007 10:11 AM CDT
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer (9) passes under pressure from Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle Trevor Pryce in the first quarter of an NFL football game, Monday, Sept. 10, 2007, in Cincinnati....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Six turnovers by the much-hyped Baltimore Ravens confirmed Chad Johnson's promise that last night's season opener would be "ridiculous," the Washington Post reports. Quarterback Steve McNair, who had four turnovers, hurt his groin in the first quarter, and three other valuable Ravens starters also left the field with injuries.

Kyle Boller, who replaced McNair during Baltimore's final drive, threw what might have been a game-winning pass from the 3-yard-line—but Michael Myers intercepted it with little over a minute remaining to lock up the game for Cincinnati. All but three of the Bengals' 27 points resulted from Ravens turnovers. "It's an extremely tough loss," said tight end Todd Heap.