Baltimore were the first on the board but had to settle for second at the end of their contest against New Orleans on Sunday. Baltimore and New Orleans were almost perfectly matched up, but Baltimore suffered an agonizing 23-24 defeat. The matchup was as close as the oddsmakers predicted, but Baltimore had been the slight favorite coming in.
A silver lining for Baltimore was the play of Joe Flacco, who passed for 279 yards and 2 touchdowns. If you haven't heard Flacco's name lately, then you haven't been paying much attention: he has loomed large in their past seven games. Additional support came from defensive powerhouse C.J. Mosley, who racked up 11 tackles.
Drew Brees was the offensive standout of the match for New Orleans, as he passed for 212 yards and 2 touchdowns.
The loss dropped Baltimore's record to 4-3. The victory bumped New Orleans' record up to 5-1.
Next week Baltimore will take on Carolina at 1:00 p.m. New Orleans will be staying on the road, facing off against Minnesota. Each of these teams will be battling to keep a win streak alive as New Orleans skips in on five wins and Minnesota on three.