Welcome to the 2013 NFL season, highlighted by Thursday night’s kickoff extravaganza between the Baltimore Ravens and Denver Broncos. The defending Super Bowl champions usually host the kickoff game but due to a parking conflict with the Orioles the game was shifted to the Mile High City.
Talk about for the birds.
However, let’s look at the ramifications of the game. The team that eventually wins the covered Lombardi Trophy is 38-8-1 in its first game of the season. But that has changed a bit in recent seasons. It’s worth noting that five of the last 12 Super Bowl champions came up short in Week 1.