Pro Bowl running backs Matt Forte of the Chicago Bears and Ray Rice of the Baltimore Ravens received new contracts ahead of the National Football League’s deadline for franchise players to sign long-term deals.
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson overtook Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos as the highest-selling National Football League player last season.
The Baltimore Ravens opened their season with a 44-13 rout of the Cincinnati Bengals as Joe Flacco passed for 299 yards and two touchdowns, and Ray Rice rushed for a pair of scores.
The Denver Broncos scored 28 points without reply in the second half as they beat the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens 49-27 in the opening game of the National Football League regular season.
Play resumed in a National Football League game between the Bears and Baltimore Ravens after the threat of a tornado passed at Soldier Field in Chicago.
Andrew Luck said he wanted to prove himself on the field in the National Football League before pursuing sponsorship opportunities off it.
"It is disappointing that I will not be with my teammates for the first two games of the season, but that's my fault."
- Ray Rice on Jul 24, 2014
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