The first Monday Night Football 2010 scores were bound to be revealing. But the Monday Night Football 2010 scores made unexpected statements, as the Monday Night Football doubleheader backed up and challenged preseason expectations. Three AFC Super Bowl contenders were in action, although only one looked Super Bowl-ready by the end of the night. Meanwhile, the team that seemed like the odd one out in this mix came through in the clutch. Last night’s scores may not signal that the Ravens and Chiefs will contend, while the Jets and Chargers struggle — but they are cause for early concern.
No one expected the Ravens and Jets to pile up much offense in their opening showdown. However, they expected a lot more from the Jets — or at least more than six first downs, 14 penalties and three field goals. All those who wanted the Jets to get knocked down got their wish, thanks to the Ravens’ 10-9 victory.
The first Monday Night Football 2010 score was atypical for these two defenses. Yet the Ravens were the only ones to score a touchdown, and that was all they needed. Baltimore’s defense wasn’t as dominant as usual last season, but against New York, they looked like the 2000 Super Bowl champs again.
For the Jets, they have gone from heavily hyped Super Bowl favorite to a team that could easily start 0-2. With the Patriots coming next week, they needed to get off to a good start, especially after their big offseason. Instead, last night’s Monday Night Football 2010 score threw the hype into their faces, as well as their lack of offense.
Since the Ravens were a preseason Super Bowl contender, the fact that the Jets lost wasn’t shocking, although the way they lost was surprising. But the bigger shock in the Monday Night Football 2010 scores was that the Chargers lost to the Chiefs 21-14.
The Chiefs were the one team from last night’s schedule that looked to have no chance. Yet they upset the four-time defending AFC West champs in the unveiling of the New Arrowhead Stadium. Rookie Dexter McCluster made the difference with a 94-yard punt return, and the Chiefs got a goal-line stand to finish the Chargers off.
Both the Jets and Chargers had their early Super Bowl dreams get hit with hard reality last night. However, the Monday Night Football 2010 scores may give the Jets more to worry about than the Chargers. San Diego is used to hard starts, before getting hot again in the second half — at least until the playoffs. Yet the Jets have more to worry about, and are subject to more backlash, if they don’t get better early on.
Next week, the Monday Night Football 2010 schedule will go down to one game each week, as the Saints visit the 49ers.
SI.com- “Ravens deliver a few hard knocks in anemic Jets’ stadium debut”
Yahoo Sports- “Chiefs hold on for 21-14 win over Chargers”