For the third time in the last four regular seasons, the Ravens will open at home against an AFC North rival when the defending division champion Cincinnati Bengals head into town for a 1PM showdown on September 7.
The Ravens will follow up the season home opener with another home game on September 11 against their archrival Pittsburgh Steelers during the very first CBS-TV/Thursday night game with broadcaster Jim Nantz and Phil Simms on the call.
The Ravens will stay in their division for Game 3 in Cleveland, just the third time in team history that they’ve opened a season with 3 consecutive AFC North games. Each time (2004 and 2008) they started 2-1.
Beginning with the game against the Browns in Cleveland the Ravens will play 5 of their next 7 games on the road.
OTHER SCHEDULE NOTES & OBSERVATIONS
- The Ravens will play three nationally televised game (barring flexing), one at home (Steelers) and two on the road (Steelers and Saints).
- Seven of the teams eight home games are 1PM starts (barring flexing).
- The Ravens visit Tampa this season on October 12. It will be the Bucs first home game following three consecutive road games in Atlanta, Pittsburgh and New Orleans.
- The Bye week is favorably placed (November 16)
- The Dolphins host the Ravens after Miami makes two consecutive road trips to Denver and New York (Jets).
- The Texans host the Ravens after Houston makes two consecutive road trips against division rivals Jacksonville and Indianapolis.
- The Ravens will play six games against 2013 playoff teams: Carolina, Cincinnati (twice), Indianapolis, New Orleans and San Diego.
- The Ravens will finish the regular season at home against the Browns for the first time in four years, each of the previous 3 campaigns ending in Cincinnati.