Ravens 2013 Schedule

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The Ravens 2013 schedule (see below) has been released and based upon the 2012 records of their opponents (137-119, .535), the Ravens face the NFL’s fifth-toughest schedule.

Traditionally the Super Bowl Champion hosts the season opener but due to apparently unresolvable scheduling conflicts with the Orioles and a greedy commissioner unwilling to move the game to Wednesday night instead of Thursday night (a more profitable one vis-à-vis higher TV ratings) the Ravens open the season in Denver on September 5.

For the second time in three years the Ravens will host a Thanksgiving game, this one against their arch-rival, the Pittsburgh Steelers on November 28 at 8:30 presumably on NFL Network.

Some other initial schedule observations…

 

  • A surprisingly low number of prime time games for a champion (4)
  • The bye week is favorably set during Week 8
  • Four of the last 6 games are at home
  • Six (6) 1:00 starts at home
  • Three straight games at home between 11/28 and 12/8
  • Six week stretch 9/29 – 11/3 during which there is only 1 home game (Packers 10/13)

 

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13 Raves on “Ravens 2013 Schedule

  1. Mike on said:

    Again you are making yourself look like an ass in regards to Wednesday night. Give some blame to the Ravens. They had the opportunity to play on Sunday night and they declined. In your marque game why would you eliminate a portion of your customer base? Not good business. You call it greed. I call it sensible.

    • Tony LombardiTony Lombardi on said:

      The league played on Wednesday night to open the season last year. Was it sensible then? The Super Bowl Champ earned the right to open the season at home and because of the league’s greed, refusing to play on Wednesday, they took that away from the good citizens of Baltimore. Perhaps to you greed is sensible. I think building goodwill with Ravens fans is sensible. But I guess that makes me an ass given your narrow-minded perspective.

      • Matthew on said:

        The league opened on Wednesday night because the network was running the DNC on Thursday. I have a feeling that the bulk of the pressure is coming from NBC.

        • mike sucks on said:

          mike, there is no way we were going to play sunday night and give up those extra couple days of rest. do me a favor, if you’re going to call someone else out, at least make a little sense while doing so.

    • Greg on said:

      Opening on the road makes good sense for the Team. Yeah it sucks for the fans but from a pure football and coaching perspective, its a huge advantage to get your tough road game out when you have all summer to prepare for it, with a healthy squad presumably, and then have 10 more days for week 2 (where we historically have not been good).

      I know fans are mad and I was mad too but lets be real; if it helps our end of season chances, its hard to be too mad. Playing on Sunday instead was clearly not in our best interest. And yes the NFL is focused purely on ratings (or rather NBC) and the Rosh Hashana nonsense is the most laughable cover story ever but hey they had to have something I guess. its insulting to the intelligence; I’d prefer they just at least were honest about being money focused but god forbid they dont use it as an opportunity to look good for religion.

  2. TheChuck on said:

    Why do we always have to end the season in Cincy? Can’t they come here once in awhile, or can the league spice it up and put us with Cleveland or Pittsburgh. If they can put the Redskins and Cowboys at the end of the season, why not us and Pittsburgh?

  3. RJ on said:

    I will, forever, fault Biscuit on his failure to push for the home opener in Bmore! Kraft would not have accepted it; Rooney woujld not have accepted it; etc. Bottom line is, it’s all about the money, and Biscuit rolled over and said ahhh….shame on you!! Place this oversight right next to taking summer practice out of Westminster – you are all about the almight buck, Biscuit, and let’s not forget to raise our ticket prices. Shame on you – what goes around, comes around!

  4. baldylox on said:

    Tony,

    The Thanksgiving game with the Steelers is actually on NBC. Obviously there is a much larger audience than for the NFL Network. The NFL started the Thanksgiving partnership with NBC last year.

    • Les on said:

      I hope you’re right on this one. That would mean exactly ZERO games for the Ravens on NFL Network, which is horrible in its broadcasts.

  5. Charles on said:

    I think this schedule is hard but reasonable at the same time. Most of the hardest games are at home. Houston, Green bay, patriots, steelers, and vikings at home. And taking Denver away first game wipes out our hardest away game while we are healthy.

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