Ravens-Broncos launches NBC slate of games

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The schedule is out.  And it includes 19 games on NBC.  A network with which we have a certain degree of connection and affinity.

It all starts on Thursday, September 5, when the Ravens launch their defense of the Super Bowl XLVII championship at the site of their most thrilling playoff win:  Denver.

The first Sunday concludes with the matchup that launched the 2012 season. Giants-Cowboys, but this time in Dallas.

Week Two takes us to Seattle, where the Seahawks host the 49ers in a clash of perhaps the two best teams (on paper) in the league.

For Week Three, the Bears travel to Pittsburgh, for a once-every-four-years game between two franchise that should play each other more often than that.

In Week Four, the Patriots travel to Atlanta for a game between the two 2012 conference finalists who lost at home.

For Week Five, the 49ers host the Texans in what some will describe as a potential Super Bowl preview.

In Week Six, it’s RG3 making a return to Dallas, where he lit up the Cowboys last Thanksgiving.

Week Seven is lucky for NBC and the rest of the league, as Peyton Manning makes his return to Indianapolis, in a game between the Broncos and the Colts.

In Week Eight, former Packers receiver Greg Jennings hosts his old team as the Packers head to Minnesota.

The Colts return to Sunday night in Week Nine, traveling to Houston for a clash between the AFC South favorites.

It’s Dallas at New Orleans in Week 10, as Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan gets a crack at the team that fired him in January.

In Week 11, the Giants host the Packers.  Aaron Rodgers vs. Eli Manning.  Yeah, that’ll be a decent game.

The next week, Eli’s brother, Peyton, gets another crack at Tom Brady, in Foxboro.

In Week 13, the Steelers-Ravens Thanksgiving night contest is followed three nights later by RG3 and the Redskins hosting Eli Manning and the Giants.

Week 14 sends the Falcons to Green Bay.  Week 15 has the Bengals at Pittsburgh.  Week 16 pits the Pats against the Ravens.  And Week 17 will be determined after Week 16 has ended.

As usual, flex schedules starts in Week 11.  For now, though, every game looks to be a great one.

Start the countdown for September 5.

45 responses to “Ravens-Broncos launches NBC slate of games

  1. Check it out, we have Lombardis. How about you? What do you have going for yourself? You all are losers and far, far below our standards. Deal with it.

  2. I don’t get why the Patriots are playing the Ravens in week 16. That game may not mean a thing by then. The Patriots always play their starters regardless but still it’s a head scratching move by the league.

  3. Vikings don’t have even ONE homestand (meaning they get to play two games in a row at home), what BS is this??
    Away, Away, Home, Away* (London), BYE, Home, Away, Home, Away, Home, Away, Away, Home, Away, Home, Away, Home

    What the hell did the Vikings do to the schedule makers to get such crappy cards dealt 2 years in a row? In the first FIVE weeks of the season, we have ONE game actually at home. Ugh.

  4. Major slap in the face for real Raven fans! Hope the players understand what a championship means to a city and not partake in the NFL’s hype in Denver! Treat it as any other game, wait till the home opener.

  5. .

    @doggz

    Sorry, there’s no revenge for a playoff loss. The Patriots may beat the Ravens 75-0 in week 16 but that avenges nothing for this year’s defeat.

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  6. This time Denver wakes up and actually drops a few guys deep when it’s obvious Flacco has to throw a bomb — like say, when there’s just a minute left and the other guys need 7 to tie, with 70 yards to go. No more charity donations to the “make Joe Flacco the highest paid player in football” fund.

    Yes, this time there will be no charity given to Flacco, so when he underthrows the ball so badly, even Jones won’t be able to bail him out.

    This time there will be no miracle blind-luck dumb Hail Mary bomb TDs.

    This time Ravens fans will realize that it wouldn’t even matter if Flacco only counted 6.8 CENTS against the cap next year, because players don’t just sign one-year deals. Duh. And it will finally dawn up them how screwed their team is overpaying mediocre players like Flacco.

    Denver 24
    Baltimore 9

    No more Boldin to take Flacco’s blind-jump balls and turn them into completions. The game ends as Flacco throws a one-yard dump-off on 4th and 28, and Rice gets tackled after a two-yard gain.

  7. jfk, you are nuts.

    The ravens broncos playoff game was one of the best football games ever played. This is gonna be awesome all over again. Hope we can play em twice again this year.

  8. 3 Sunday Night Games with The Cowboys and ONE with the 49ers???? Am I missing something? Did we transport back in time 20 years,because the last time I checked,that was the last time The Cowboys were worthy of being on National Televison.

  9. The Ravens may very-well lose the game, but if you think they’re going to walk in there and get blown out, you’ve got another thing coming… Just like in the playoff game.

    Let’s do it…

  10. Major slap in the face for real Raven fans! Hope the players understand what a championship means to a city and not partake in the NFL’s hype in Denver! Treat it as any other game, wait till the home opener.

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    Ugh, but then we got the Browns as the home opener. Takes all the fun out of it.

    Winning is the ultimate Celebration anyway. To borrow from Raider Nation, just win baby!

  11. onbucky96 says:
    Apr 18, 2013 8:42 PM
    “Oh how I hate my Packers playing in Prime Time. Bring back the mostly noon start times please”
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    If you hate a perennial contender that plays a lot of prime time games, you’re more than welcome to go cheer for the Jaguars…. they tend to have a lot of “noon” games.

  12. Bring it on! Ravens will destroy the Donkeys in this blatently unfair road game. We should just have two celebrations.. One in week two, at home for us fans- and one on September 5th, to stick it to the league and the Broncos.. Ravens are the Champs!

  13. Denver just didn’t get enough of our beatdown on them. Dumerville will destroy the #18 has been!

    Ravens easily still the class of the AFC…

  14. pittsburgh is closer to London than Minnesota is. It should be a home game for them if we are going to call it a home game for either team.

    Such BS. it makes absolutely no sense and nobody can argue it’s a good idea. it’s simply screwing the vikings out of an actual home game. screw you, goodell.

  15. Ooooo The Ravens are bout to get embarrassed. I was hoping Wed get them first! Revenge is gonna be even sweeter when Elvis DooDoovil gets locked down all game. I know my Broncos are gonna be fired up for this one. They need 2 ots and some ref help to beat us last time and Denver has gotten way better already in the offseason than Baltimore. I CANT WAIT!!!!

  16. No prayers in the air this time around! Flacco might get his jersey dirty during this one.. Denver added more weapons this year, Ravens were dismantled during the offseason. Denver wins this one big time.

  17. Play the hand your dealt. Denver is the farthest West game the Ravens play. They knew they would have to play at Denver this year. It is good to get it out of the way as early as possible on Opening day without a -20 weather factor. Plus, they get to close with 4 out of the last 6 at home where they have lost only 2 games in 2 years. They get a late week 8 bye, and two mini-byes after Thursday games. It is unfortunate that they do not get to open at home – and they could not work something out with MLB/Orioles/White Sox (it is unfair to solely blame the Orioles), but there is a bright side. I choose to focus on that. I like the way the schedule shakes out for the Ravens, and still not sure that the rest of the AFC North has closed the gap on the Ravens in terms of talent (and they still have 12 picks in the draft to work with!)

  18. @theSteelers. As a Steeler fan I will admit you are ravenaters equal in ignorance. I realize both of you post these pointless rambling thoughts just to get a rise out of people but give it a rest already

  19. Anyone that thinks PM is gonna threaten the Ravens secondary is blind. the guy doesn’t have a deep ball any more. Well, maybe one or two here and there, for the season…

  20. Denver is going to be a nervous wreck. They have everything riding on this match up and losing would be devastating, which it will be. Yikes!

  21. loving all the bronco fans who now say that elvis sucks…cant stop the run..etc. by the way, did you all see the improvements the ravens made to the dline before the denver fax fiasco. thanks for the 12 sacks and go ravens…ravens 27 denver 21

  22. ampatsisahypocrite says: Apr 18, 2013 9:09 PM

    Yes, this time there will be no charity given to Flacco, so when he underthrows the ball so badly, even Jones won’t be able to bail him out.

    This time there will be no miracle blind-luck dumb Hail Mary bomb TDs.
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    You forgot a couple

    Yes this time Ravens won’t give up TWO special teams scores to even make the game close.

    This time, like last year, the Ravens will bring an epic beat down on the Patriots and once again expose Brady as the groin kicking, tackled by a ref, sissy he really is.

  23. I think the Steelers and the Raven posters are having their own rivalry here. Unfortunately this rivalry is for the most thumbs down. But then again, illogicalvoice almost beats both combined. Just sayin!

  24. @ampatsisahypocrite

    Or this time the Ravens don’t spot Denver 14pts on special teams and win this game 28-21 as they should have done the first time around. People that complain about the hail mary to jones always seem to forget the Broncos were equally lucky to score 2 special teams tds…

  25. as a bronco fan, this hyped schedule is ridiculous. last year was suppose to be a hard schedule. i really care less what nondivisional team we play in week 2,3 etc. i am however not a fan of playing KC, SD, & KC in the last few weeks.

  26. dontcareforu says:
    Apr 19, 2013 2:30 PM

    as a bronco fan, this hyped schedule is ridiculous. last year was suppose to be a hard schedule. i really care less what nondivisional team we play in week 2,3 etc. i am however not a fan of playing KC, SD, & KC in the last few weeks.
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    I agree with you. Divisional games are a toss up no matter what team is good or bad. I don’t like the idea of having to play so many divisional games to close out the year. Too much can happen that can undo all the hard-work in seemingly tougher games early in the season.

    But look at it this way, at least we can control our divisional destiny down the stretch, in case we stumble out of the gate. Not likely with PFM but possible. After that heart wrenching loss to the Ravens, this city will take nothing as a sure thing.

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