Stalled drives, dropped passes and countless penalties proved to be disastrous in the Ravens' 24-7 loss to the Indianapolis Colts last night.
The Ravens managed 401 yards of offense and all they had to show for it were three missed field-goal attempts by Matt Stover and a meaningless touchdown with 13 seconds left in the game.
"It's just about as bad an opener as you can have," said Ravens offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden.
A record crowd of 70,501 at M&T Bank Stadium and a national television audience saw the Ravens' revamped offense - new receivers Derrick Mason and Mark Clayton along with new coordinator Jim Fassel - struggle much like the Ravens have done in the past.
Before their final drive, the Ravens crossed into Colts territory six times but never got closer than the 20-yard line. Failing to score touchdowns won't cut it against the Colts, last year's highest-scoring offense.
In assessing the offense, coach Brian Billick said, "Not good enough tonight. You've got to make plays if you're going to keep up with an outstanding team like that."
The Ravens' fourth straight season-opening loss also was a night in which they lost their quarterback. After the Colts built a 17-0 lead near the end of the third quarter, Boller was reeling in pain after getting sacked by Larry Tripplett, who beat Ogden to the outside.
Boller hyper-extended his right toe - Billick called it severe turf toe - and did not return. X-rays on his right foot were negative.
"It's always more severe than it sounds," Billick said. "We'll have to see on the toe."
Team officials said there is no timetable on Boller's return.
"The toe is sore," said Boller, who was 15-for-23 for 141 yards and one interception. "I've never had any foot problems before. It's concerning because it's my plant foot."
The home crowd that had booed Boller in the preseason began cheering when he got hurt.
But Boller's replacement, Anthony Wright, didn't fare much better, finishing 19-for-31 for 214 yards. He fumbled once and threw two interceptions, one that was returned for a touchdown.
"I love the fans of Baltimore but that was a little bit classless," defensive end Tony Weaver said of the fans' cheering the injury. "Kyle is our guy. He is our quarterback and we are going to stand by him."
Unlike past seasons, the offense couldn't count on kicker Stover to bail it out.
The third-most accurate kicker in NFL history missed three field-goal attempts - from 38, 47 and 45 yards - for the first time since 1998.
"I look at misses as a turnover and momentum changer," Stover said. "I apologize to the city of Baltimore for the performance."