Ravens bracing for Week One trip to Denver, Pittsburgh, or Chicago

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The NFL wisely dumped the bad news on the first Friday of the NCAA basketball tournament:  The Ravens won’t host the midweek regular-season opener at home.

It’ll be the first time the Super Bowl champion hasn’t opened the season on a Thursday (or Wednesday) at home since 2004, when the Patriots welcomed the Colts following New England’s second NFL title.

The Orioles, who face the White Sox in Baltimore on the same night the Ravens would have christened the 2013 season, opted not to bend.  The NFL opted not to play on Wednesday night, in deference to Rosh Hashanah.  (Here’s hoping the NFL makes that same decision the next time Christmas Eve or Christmas Day fall on a weekend.)  And, as Peter King of SI.com points out in his Monday Morning Quarterback column, an Orioles conflict would have arisen if the Ravens had opened on Sunday night or Monday night of Week One.

So the Ravens will open on the road — guaranteeing low attendance and even lower TV viewership of the Orioles game that night.  (That’s OK; they’re used to it.)  The Ravens, we’re told, are bracing for a Thursday night opener at Denver, Pittsburgh, or Chicago.

While the Ravens will have to play at each of those places eventually during the coming football campaign, the NFL is about tradition and one of the newest traditions has given the Super Bowl champs a chance to play the first game of the season at home, where all of them (except the 2012 Giants) started 1-0.

But part of the benefit, as King explains it, comes from the mini-bye that follows starting the season on a Thursday, roughly two weeks removed from the preseason dress rehearsal.  The Ravens coaches, per King, “clearly wanted” a Thursday road game instead of a home game on Sunday or Monday.

King suggests another possibility:  Put the Ravens on the road for the first Thursday of the season, and then give them a Thursday night opener in Week Two.

The only problem with that potential approach is that the NFL wisely adopted in 2012 a scheduling formula that requires every team to play one — and only one — short-week game during the season.  Having the Ravens play on the first Thursday night and then on the first short-week Thursday of the season would throw that system out of whack.

Regardless, the ultimate reality show has now given us something else to discuss, debate, and anticipate.  When the 2013 schedule is released, we’ll find out where the Ravens will open the season.

Baltimore at Denver would be the most intriguing.  Unless, of course, the NFL plans the latest installment of the Manning Bowl for the first Sunday night of the season.

And while sending the Ravens to Pittsburgh for the first week of the season seems particularly unfair to the defending champs, we’re told that the Ravens are expecting to play at Heinz Field in prime time at some point this year.  Why not get it out of the way early?

106 responses to “Ravens bracing for Week One trip to Denver, Pittsburgh, or Chicago

  1. Save the Denver game for later in the season and division games should start around week 5 and conclude with the last 3-4 weeks of the season.

    Start off in Chicago.

  2. I’m guessing all the “oh this team is gonna go 8-8 next year” people won’t mention nor accept that the great Ozzie Newsome just got a better OLB/DE than Kruger for MUCH less. People laugh when we say “In Oz We Trust” but do they laugh when 3 current players said that exact quote over this weekend alone? Torrey being one of them said and I quote “He can cut me today and I’d still be a firm believer in him. He has a track record and there’s nothing you can take from that. He’s won two rings, he’s the mastermind behind that” So yea…In Oz We Trust!!

  3. Based on the one short week per season rule that is referenced here we can safely eliminate them opening in Denver. I am positive i have read that the Broncos were set in stone to play the Cowboys on Thanksgiving this year.

  4. 35-7 the last time the Ravens opened at Pitt.

    By all means let the Ravens get it out of the way.

    BTW all the talk I hear is that Rosh Hoshana not withstanding, it is NBC that does not want the game on Wed. forcing a road game.

    Any mention of that on this NBC owned site?

  5. So they’ll play on thanksgiving and Christmas but not Ross hasshanah.

    Sounds like the ravens are letting themselves get pushed around by the nfl

  6. Ravens bracing for loss to Denver, Pittsburgh, or Chicago to start season. typos Florio.

  7. Uhh…check your records. In 2011, Christmas Day was a Sunday, so the NFL scheduled the majority of that weekend’s games on Saturday (Christmas Eve). There has been precedent in avoiding conflicts with Christian holidays in addition to avoiding playing on Rosh Hashanah this year.

    I personally would love to see any Orioles fan showing up to the game on Sept 5 dressed head to toe in Ravens gear. I think that would be very fitting.

  8. Dumervil. Sack. Denver. Manning down. Grabs neck. Career over. Elway fired. All over a fax machine.

    Seems like the made for TV story is a week 1 matchup in Denver.

  9. When you dig deeper the cowboys only host 2 afc teams this year and one of them will play the Cowboys on Thanksgiving. The denver broncos or the oakland raiders. You do the math!!! The denver broncos will play their one and only short week vs the Cowboys on thanksgiving. Not in week 1 vs the ravens

  10. Big fan of the O’s but it’s going to be hilarious when i’m watching the Ravens game, like the rest of Bmore, and they break from the broadcast to show a live shot of Camden Yards practically empty with 40 straggling White Sox fans. Shame on MLB, it’s gonna make them look ridiculous.

  11. No doubt in my mind, the NFL will want to have the Ravens face the Lions to start the season. Reggie Bush and Megatron are large enough national draws, Ford Field looks great on TV, and it’s a (relatively) weaker opponent for the Ravens – a consolation for not playing at home.

    Denver= SNF
    Pittsburgh/Baltimore is ALWAYS a draw, so they won’t waste it on the season opener
    Chicago= this is the ugliest matchup; between Detroit and Chicago, national fans will want to see Megatron and Bush instead of Bears.

    So, Ravens at Lions!

  12. The NFL is weak. You know good and damn well that parking lot woul be filled with Ravens fans and not the other. But big bad Rog tucked his tail between his legs and limped back home.

  13. Not the NFLs fault. Last year they gave the Ravens 3 games in 18 days to start the season, and both Mannings in December, and the Chargers again late in the season. The NFL never expected or wanted the Ravens to win the Super Bowl.

  14. Why can’t they play Monday night?simple solution here folks.Once again Goodell showing his incompetence yet again.

  15. How would it be a short week if they would be playing a Thursday game week 1 and a Thursday game week 2 ? Is that not the same days in between a Sunday week 1 and a Sunday week 2 ?

  16. Ravens get screwed again but who cares it only helps them build that us against the world mentality. I hope they go into Denver and Joe works Peyton again! It’s a new dawn and between the welker drops and manning ducking from Elvis it would be a site to see while Joe just keeps throwing bombs to torrey and jacoby!

  17. I don’t understand why the NFL doesn’t have the Thursday night game between a couple of teams both coming off of their Bye Weeks. That way they wouldn’t be playing after only 3 days rest. Of course it wouldn’t work for the first couple and last couple of weeks with no Bye’s but for the majority of the weeks – Why not?

  18. This is not an MLB issue. It would be great if they could help, but it’s not their obligation to do so. Moving the Orioles game earlier in the day is not an option, and scheduling a September double-header in March is unfair to the Orioles.

    This is an NFL issue. The NFL made this random “tradition” eight years ago without considering the affect it could have on cities with shared stadia infrastructure. Baltimore, Cincinnati, Oakland, Philadelphia, Kansas City, just to name a few, all have MLB and NFL teams who share parking lots, gameday security, even vendors.

    NFL season starts in September. MLB goes on through September. This was bound to happen sooner or later, NFL tried to strong arm MLB into saving it, and it lost.

    Again, this is an NFL issue. Don’t blame the Orioles or MLB.

  19. It’s the 50th Anniversary of Canton opening this year so why not do a special in-season HOF game featuring every living member and have two of the very original teams sqaure off on a Thursday night…in special vintage unis.

    Then have Baltimore have their celebration on the following Thursday.

  20. “How would it be a short week if they would be playing a Thursday game week 1 and a Thursday game week 2 ? Is that not the same days in between a Sunday week 1 and a Sunday week 2 ?”

    That would give them an unfair advantage in week 2.

  21. I don’t know why people are mad at the Orioles for this. Their schedule was already set, and nobody knew the Ravens would be SB champs until just last month… the NFL is late to the party and SHOULD schedule around the Orioles. In any case if the Ravens would just play on Wednesday instead of Thursday they could play at home, but for some manufactured reason (Rosh Hashana) they won’t, even though the NFL played on Rosh Hashana just last year anyway. This whole thing is Roger Godell’s fault, and I applaud the O’s for calling him out on it.

  22. Major disrespect for Ravens & real Raven fans. The wimpy fans will show up for the silly concert and other activities sponsered by the NFL and the city on opening night!

  23. The Orioles are jealous of the Ravens and that’s the root of all of this. They see how the town embraces the Ravens but can’t understand why. Difference is the Ravens actually try to compete and (gasp) win. The Orioles try to scour the bottom of the barrel looking for the cheapest guy unwilling to spend even when theres an obvious hole ti fill –and there are usually many. Meanwhile the Ravens are willing to spend under the right circumstances without mortgaging their future usually making the right choice of who let go and who to keep and sign.
    It’s gonna be hilarious watching the empty Camden Yards on opening night… But we are used to that.

  24. Not playing on weds because of rosh hoshanah seems to be some kind of lie. In 2012 rosh hoshanah started on Sunday sept 16 and obviously there was a full slate of games.

  25. I agree sudz. It’s not the Orioles fault. Fans should NOT boycott the Orioles game. It’s MLB, White Sox, players union, etc. Both teams are coming from road games into Balt. for 9-5 game.
    They can’t play an early(noon) game. Also, Orioles are home for the next 5 days, so the weekend would not work for The Ravens either.

  26. No one hates the Ravens more than me but I feel that every champion deserves to start their season at home. The Ravens earned the right. The Orioles play 162 games! Baseball delays games for rain, but can’t move a game that no one cares about? Ridiculous

  27. Using the Orioles as a scape goat is ridiculous. The NFL can work around the MLB’s schedule that has been set for months. Manufactured “traditions” are all the NFL is good for any more.

  28. The Week 1 home opener for the SB champs has become a guaranteed win no matter how tough the opponent, and now the Ravens are giving that up because of traffic? Ridiculous. I don’t think any Baltimore people would complain about a one night traffic jam if it meant a win over a team they’d probably lose to on any other Sunday.

  29. So…choose another night to play in Baltimore, never give the Donkeys an advantage by playing in the Mile High!!!!

  30. I hope the game is Pittsburgh….they have lost their best pass rusher in Harrison….lost their nose guard in Hampton…Keisel is ancient…Polamalu is playing on one leg…his calf will never be the same…they lost Wallace…Heath Miller is a big question mark coming back from his ACL tear…and Roehtlisberger will never regain his arm strength after getting that sever shoulder injury….and as of the moment they have NO running backs. Talk about a team that totally fell apart from last year. The Ravens have only gotten immensely stronger.

    Can’t wait to knock the snot out of the Steelers.

  31. jjazman says:
    Mar 25, 2013 8:54 AM
    No doubt in my mind, the NFL will want to have the Ravens face the Lions to start the season. Reggie Bush and Megatron are large enough national draws, Ford Field looks great on TV, and it’s a (relatively) weaker opponent for the Ravens – a consolation for not playing at home.

    Denver= SNF
    Pittsburgh/Baltimore is ALWAYS a draw, so they won’t waste it on the season opener
    Chicago= this is the ugliest matchup; between Detroit and Chicago, national fans will want to see Megatron and Bush instead of Bears.

    So, Ravens at Lions!
    _____________________________

    No one wants to see that. Stop embarrassing yourself.

  32. Ravens didn’t want their opener on Sunday or Monday night because it would give them a short week. Opening on the road on the Thursday accomplishes 2 things; gives them 10 days off, essentially a mini-bye, before playing week 2 and it likely means that won’t have to play on a Thursday the rest of the year, so no extra short weeks. Opening in either Pitt, Denver or Chicago also works well as it likely eliminates going to one of those places in a nasty, weathered game in December. The game should have been played on Wednesday. Kraft didn’t want to come to Baltimore on his Holy day that’s why you don’t hear the NFL talking about a Wednesday start.

  33. To the genius that said that Ozzie won 2 Super Bowls……Ozzie was named general manager after the Ravens won their first Super Bowl.

    To the genius that said that the Ravens will kill the Steelers because they lost Harrison, Hampton and Farrior……….The Steelerd beat the Ravens in Baltimore last year without Roethlisberger, Leftwich (Ha), Ike Taylor, Mendenhall, and about 8 other guys.

  34. What does it matter anyway? The hypocritical Ravens fans will declare how superior the Ravens are if they win or they will declare how the NFL is preventing the Ravens from repeating on purpose if the Ravens lose, plus the refs……..and the stadium lighting……..plus the scoreboard operator……..plus the grounds-keeper………plus the gravitational pull, etc.

  35. ravens4fr | Mar 25, 2013, 10:36 AM EDT
    Send the Ravens into Pissburgh so the World Champions can assert their DOMINANCE over the hapless Stillers once again!!

    Haha Charlie Batch is licking his chops..come on in we will be there and ready.

  36. ravenator | Mar 25, 2013, 11:30 AM EDT
    No fool is the biggest loser on this site.

    Coming from you that means….nothing just like most of your childish rants. But thanks again fanboy

  37. To the “genious” that insinuated that Ozzie was Not responsible for building the two SB winning teams because he wasn’t the Nominal GM, think again, my friend – that was Ozzie’s true genious that brought in the likes of Shannon Sharpe, Rod Woodson, etc, not to mention the drafting of both Lewises, Ogden, Boulware, and the list goes on! In Oz we Trust – 2 SB championships in only 16 years (compared to only 6 in over 80 years – let’s see the Ravens will probably have racked up over 10 championships by then), and still counting!

  38. What better team to play than the steelers. They lost to Tim Tebow hahah
    ——————————–
    Ravens lost to Charlie Batch. At Home. With Joe Flacco. hahah.

  39. What better team to play than the steelers. They lost to Tim Tebow hahah
    ———————————–

    and so did 8 other teams! Roethlisberger was on one leg, they were down to their last dressed lineman in the game, Mendenhall snapped his knee, Casey Hampton and Keisel both went out and Ryan Clark couldn’t play because of sickle cell trait. Regardless, be careful what you wish for. Going to Denver is no easy task and coming to Pittsburgh will be a downright NIGHTMARE for your opening act, especially if Charlie Batch is in the lineup, LOL!

  40. Here’s hoping that Goodell remember this when they usually move a Monday or Thurssday N.F.L. game not to conflict with a World series game.

  41. The Ravens org. came out and said it was NOT the Orioles fault. The NFL screwed up and are blaming Rosh Hashanah and the O’s for their mistake by not figuring this out in advance. The O’s are going to suffer b/c nobody is going there is true. (But a great night to snag a foul ball) To create some made up baseball vs football thing here is missing the point.

  42. Steelers fans are so pathetic their team has done nothing in off season but cut players yet their better than the world champions haha what a joke.

  43. Charlie Batch plays in the NFL. Same can’t be said of Tebow. Once again steeer fans show how pathetic they truly are

  44. Why not in Miami ? Ravens fans would be able to drive there also getting tickets would not be a problem for Ravens fans not like it would be going to Denver or Pitt.

  45. Last I checked Tebow was on an NFL roster the past 3 seasons, and is still currently on an NFL roster. Shows how pathetic and biased this Raven fan truly is.

  46. Uuuhh no respect for the Supebowl champs??? LOL

    This would NEVER happen in Pittsburgh….NEVER..Pirates would be packing their bags for a road trip.

  47. Make it pittsburgh. A week one beatdown of the lowly steelers would help remind their fans who the top dog is.

    Wish they could play Washington, logicalvoice could use a little dose of humility.

  48. enoughofthatalready says:
    Mar 25, 2013 11:18 AM
    To the genius that said that Ozzie won 2 Super Bowls……Ozzie was named general manager after the Ravens won their first Super Bowl.

    yea but he was a front office executive since the teams inception in 1996. His job was supervising the draft and his first two pickups for the ravens were perennial probowlers Jonathan Ogden and Ray Lewis. He may not have been GM, but he orchestrated our drafts every year…

  49. @igotgamenj

    Baltimore to Miami is just shy of 20 hours driving, Baltimore fans would still have to fly there or take time time off work to drive. Much longer than a 3 1/2 hr drive to pittsburgh. If you ever left Jersey you might know that…

  50. Charlie Batch plays in the NFL. Same can’t be said of Tebow. Once again steeer fans show how pathetic they truly are

    How can someone so obsessed with the steelers misspell their name? Foam at the corner of your mouth hit your screen? Easy fan boy don’t bust a gut trying to hate so hard…..smh and lmao

  51. A rematch with the Ravens would make for a great start to the season. Ravens/Steelers is always a great game to watch, wherever it’s played.

    Only the Bears game lacks the marquee punch of those teams listed. I’m a Bears fan, mind you, but Flacco vs. Cutler (without Urlacher and a brand new coach…) doesn’t have the same oomph as Flacco vs. Manning. Y’know?

    Figure it out, guys. I’ll watch it whatever the game is.

  52. Make it pittsburgh. A week one beatdown of the lowly steelers would help remind their fans who the top dog is.

    Wish they could play Washington, logicalvoice could use a little dose of humility.

    Bring it we will even teach you what humility means seeing as you are missing that quality. Charlie Batch can’t wait to bitch slap the rat turds again…haha

  53. ravenator says:
    Mar 25, 2013 12:10 PM
    Steelers fans are so pathetic their team has done nothing in off season but cut players yet their better than the world champions haha what a joke.

    Ravenator’s logic: Steelers cut players during the off season – they are pathetic. Ravens cut players during the off season – Ozzie is a genius. And yes, that was said before the Dumervil signing.

  54. Do steeler fans forget they were 8-8? Let me know when they’re competitive again haha its so easy to laugh at them they are pitiful and a shell of their former team. Everyone know it too, including the fans

  55. No, it would never happen in Pittsburgh because the Pirates and Steelers actually plan for that possbility. Steelers and Ravens are like a number of other markets (Philly, KC, Cincy and of course, Oakland, which is the same park) that share parking.

    Pirates are away this year but in other years when they are at home they schedule a day game or no game at all.

    The Ravens hadn’t thought about that, I guess. They might in the future.

  56. enoughofthatalready says:
    Mar 25, 2013 11:18 AM
    To the genius that said that Ozzie won 2 Super Bowls……Ozzie was named general manager after the Ravens won their first Super Bowl.

    __________________________

    Ozzie Newsome was director of player personnel, or an equivalent title before he was GM. I can’t find his exact title unfortunately but he was in charge of selecting personnel for the team back in 1996. His first two draft picks were Jon Ogden and Ray Lewis. So yes, he did in fact win 2 Super Bowls.

  57. Nofoolnodrool says:
    Mar 25, 2013 1:09 PM
    Make it pittsburgh. A week one beatdown of the lowly steelers would help remind their fans who the top dog is.

    Wish they could play Washington, logicalvoice could use a little dose of humility.

    Bring it we will even teach you what humility means seeing as you are missing that quality. Charlie Batch can’t wait to bitch slap the rat turds again…haha

    ===================================

    Dude get a life. You hawk over every Ravens article and respond to every single post by Ravenator, Scoobie and myself, making yourself look incredibly stupid along the way. I mean you’ve already commented on here like 5 times. Easy to see the Ravens are living rent free in your head.

    Oh, and I hope you enjoyed your Super Bowl (the Batch game). Our team was busy winning the real one. I’d take a loss to Batch if it ends in the Ravens earning the Lombardi.

  58. Please be Denver v Baltimore, Week 1, in Denver.
    That would be the highest viewed NFL Opener of all time, no doubt.

    Rubber match of the Playoff Game, Dumervil v his old team, Flacco v Manning

    id bet itll be Denver, all the NFL cares about is money.

  59. Thursday Night Advertising spots are worth more than Wednesday, Friday or Saturday.

    The NFL doesn’t lose advertising revenue if Baltimore has to break tradition and open on the road but it will lose a ton if they move away from Thursday night.

    All the other theories are just a distraction from this.

    The NFL is about every last nickel. God bless them for trying to maximize revenue but that has to be the main factor here.

  60. Dude get a life. You hawk over every Ravens article and respond to every single post by Ravenator, Scoobie and myself, making yourself look incredibly stupid along the way. I mean you’ve already commented on here like 5 times. Easy to see the Ravens are living rent free in your head.

    I would say look in the mirror dude your name is not a stranger to every steeler thread. You and ravenator frequently say some of the dumbest things on here and I enjoy pointing that out which you don’t enjoy. Sorry but you can’t just hate on here and not expect to be called on it. Scoobie is no dummy and neither am I . I just know how to push you buttons …which is not very hard…cheers

  61. Go on and have it at home. The hell with baseball! Nobody cares because they play every day and their games don’t count when half of them lose 75-80 games a year and still make the playoffs. Baseball stadiums are half empty because they only play every day. The Ravens won’t have a problem filling up their stadium just because a meaningless baseball game is in town.

  62. This would never happen to the Patriots. It always happens to the Ravens. We got jilted on Monday night the last time we won the Superbowl – because supposedly Heinz field was new and they wanted to showcase that – so they broke tradition.

    Suggs is right.

  63. joe6606 says:
    Mar 25, 2013 10:05 AM
    In 2012 rosh hoshanah started on Sunday sept 16 and obviously there was a full slate of games.
    ***************
    If true, sounds like a great point. But in any case, no Steelers game until later in the seasons, those games are their own theater and should not suffer distracting frills like celebrating the last season.

    Not to mention having to watch bumblebee unis to start off the season.

  64. @godzilla…

    Just to correct your ignorance of facts…

    The 35-7 game was in smellsomemore…

    We’ll be happy to provide a beatdown of the ratbirds in our house in prime time to open their slide to mediocrity with foe flaccid leading the team.

    As the Nest Burns…

    GO STEELERS!

  65. they both have their own stadium, they might be a stone throws away from each other, I say f baseball. It would be a traffic and parking nightmare if the O’s are good this year, but a revenue blowout for the city.

  66. Pittsburgh would love to host the Super Bowl Champs!!!

    It will be Denver though since Peyton Manning tossed that God awful interception and the DB let the guy run behind. ahhhh

  67. No news here. 1. We’ve proven we can handle scheduling challenges: 3 games in 17 days last season. Very good coaching and preparation. 2. In the end we overcame every conceiveable obstacle: deaths, injuries, scheduling, losing streak, disrespect, doubt, and bottom-line: Super Bowl Champions. Season 2014: we will be very competitive despite the make over of the defense. Next man up!!

  68. swagger52 says:
    Mar 25, 2013 2:22 PM
    This would never happen to the Patriots. It always happens to the Ravens. We got jilted on Monday night the last time we won the Superbowl – because supposedly Heinz field was new and they wanted to showcase that – so they broke tradition.

    Suggs is right.

    0 2

    I guess you have never heard of karma? To get respect you have to give it…Suggs is a classic example of the concept of karma..ssshhh the whining is interrupting my nap..

  69. As a one-sport gal with nothing good to say about the Orioles disrespect of the Super Bowl champs, I’ll just opt to say nothing. But I hope the league doesn’t schedule Pittsburgh as the opener. Bad enough that the Ravens must open on the road, but don’t send them to an arch-enemy’s house. And don’t screw up the fun of our rivalry (again) by putting the first game so early in the season.

  70. Send them into Pittsburgh. We can give Ben the week off. He’ll Charlie Batch in a wheelchair can beat the Ratbirds. The real Joe Crackhoe will show up again. He no longer has the only Reciever that made him what he was……

    As the nest burns…….

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