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Week 1 LAist Armchair Quarterback: Monday Night Massacres

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As ugly as the Monday night games were, they sure did get exciting at the end. The Ravens had eight plays inside the Bengal’s five-yard line with just over two minutes left in their game and failed to score. The 49ers whose offense struggled most of the game drove 86 yards in their final drive for a game-winning touchdown with 16 seconds left in the game.

Cincinnati over Baltimore 27-20. One of the cardinal rules of football is do not turn the ball over. I predicted the Ravens to stomp all over the Bengals in this game. Little did I know the Ravens would cough the ball up six times. The last one was in their final drive on the Bengal 2-yard line. That is just sloppy football.

The Ravens are in a world of trouble with quarterback Steve McNair and linebacker Ray Lewis injured. Without those two players healthy, the Ravens will revert to the 6-10 team they were in 2005.

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San Francisco over Arizona 20-17. This was a defensive game that was probably as ugly as Britney Spears’ performance on the VMAs. Taking a page out of Muhammad Ali when he fought George Foreman, the 49ers did their best rope-a-dope impression. They were completely inept offensively all game until that final drive.

As for the Cardinals they had a lot of false start penalties that prevented them from getting any rhythm on offense. The fact they couldn’t convert a third down towards the end of the game shows they still have some ways to go in order to be a good team.

The best part about this game was the camera shots of 49ers head coach Mike Nolan. Damn he looks hot in that suit on the sidelines. I wouldn't mind a couple of drills with him.