It has certainly been a trying week for the Baltimore Ravens but they relieved some of the pressure on themselves with an emphatic 26-6 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
It was a strong performance by the Ravens whose victory was never really in doubt after taking the lead in the first quarter.
Ravens Tight-end Owen Daniels linked up with Quarterback Joe Flacco for the games only two touchdowns.
Daniels only had 28 receiving yards throughout the game however he grabbed two touchdowns, both scored from very close range to the endzone.
Daniels received a two yard pass with just 0:27 left in the first quarter for the first score of the game.
Flacco hit him again with a little under four minutes remaining in the third quarter, this time with the Ravens just a yard outside the end-zone.
Justin Tucker kicked five field goals in the game to further extend the home teams lead over their divisional rivals.
Shaun Suisham got the Steelers only six points kicking two field goals including an impressive 43-yard attempt.
It was a great night on the field for the Ravens and the best possible remedy for a team who not only lost their opening game, but have also had a lot of controversy surrounding them.
Rice's name still going strong
Despite the events of this week, the Baltimore Ravens fans have shown more faith and trust in humanity than apparently the remainder of the NFL.
The Ravens announced a few days ago that fans who had previously purchased jerseys with the now disgraced players name on, would be able to get a refund on them.
But there was a fairly large section of the crowd on Thursday night who wore their Rice jerseys as a matter of pride.
ESPN were outside the M&T Bank Stadium prior to kick off in the Steelers - Ravens and they were speaking to some Ravens fans about the Ray Rice issue.
Many of them are season ticket holders still wearing Rice's merchandise and they all seem to portray the same attitude.
Most feel that Rice was punished and was only hit with a larger penalty due to the public outcry of the video.
They mostly felt that there weren't many calls for Rice to be suspended indefinitely before the videos release so why did everything change?
The Ravens fans offer an alternative view of the incident to what everyone else see's but with some high profile names also supporting rice in recent days then retracting their statements, they may not be alone in that opinion.