Ravens to open season in Denver


While most of us have expected this news ever since the NFL and MLB were unable to reach a compromise to open the NFL season in Baltimore – where it belongs – it’s finally official.

The defending Super Bowl champions will indeed open the season in Denver against Peyton Manning and the Broncos, per Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports.

While this is very unfortunate for Ravens fans – who will have a sour taste in our mouths for years over it – the fact is that the team likely views this as preferable to starting at home the following Sunday against a lesser opponent.

The Ravens get their westernmost road trip out of the way early, and get an extra three days to prepare for their second opponent – basically an extra half of a bye week early in the season. Also in the Ravens’ favor is that the team has never lost an opener under John Harbaugh, going 5-0 and winning their last two by a combined 59 points (35-7 over Pittsburgh in 2011, and 44-13 over Cincinnati in 2012) over eventual playoff teams.

On the other hand, they get Peyton Manning in warmer weather – we all saw how pedestrian he became once those Rocky Mountain temperatures plummeted in January. He’ll also be eager to show off his new toy, recently acquired wide receiver Wes Welker, though the two will obviously still be working on their on-field chemistry at that time.

Denver will be thirsty for revenge, just as the Ravens were when the New England Patriots came to town in 2012. Like the Ravens before them, the Broncos feel that the Ravens stole “their” Super Bowl last season.

As Tony Lombardi put it a few weeks ago, I hope you’re ready for a Peyton Party, Ravens fans.

..let’s be real here, we all know where this is headed.

The Ravens will open on the road in Denver. The AFC’s third runner-up will be the showcased team. We’ll hear about how the Ravens have lost so much star-power. No Ray Lewis or Ed Reed or Anquan Boldin. And then it will get worse.




It will a Peyton Manning love fest. He’ll be rested and we’ll hear repeatedly about how great Peyton is and how he and his brand new little toy named Wes Welker are developing a rapport until we’ll all just want to hurl.

In the end it will be a Denver celebration.

Not yours Baltimore!

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RSR/ESR Senior Editor. Derek is originally from and a current resident of Pasadena, MD. He’s a graduate of UMBC and has been a lifelong Baltimore sports fan. In 2007 he founded B’More Birds’ Nest, where he wrote about the Ravens and Orioles before joining RSR in 2012. Derek’s work has...more

7 Raves on “Ravens to open season in Denver

  1. Ray on said:

    Sadden by the events in Boston it still shows you that a city can host multiple sporting events on the same day. They hold a world class marathon / baseball and hockey game and we can’t find a way to have a football and baseball game. This should have been a chance to showcase our city instead greed again wins out and the great fans of Bmore lose out. This is one fan who won’t forget

    • matt on said:

      Problem does not lie in the fact that we can’t host multiple events on the same day Baltimore has proven that with its piss poor public transportation… look at the grand prix festivities… boston is a big enough city to host 3 events in one day since unlike bmore the venues are not right next to each like they are in bmore. Angelos and mlb are just flexing their muscles and trying to establish some stability in a town that has forgotten about baseball for the last 20 years!!!! Rosh hashanna should be a raven shanna and celebrate the championship buy its water under the bridge now. ..

  2. Reading Comments By Goofies But No Goofies Today on said:

    Who cares what Lombardi says. The reality is we won the SB, and have more Championships then they do. The slobberfest didn’t work last year when you look at that joke of a schedule they played. And it won’t this year either.

    • Tony LombardiTony Lombardi on said:

      Actually my wife does sometimes or my children when I answer positively to their requests. Other than that, probably just the guy I’m buying a drink for… :-)

  3. Ray on said:

    Fenway park is two blocks from Boylston street so yes they are close too – sorry been a Bmore sports fan for 53 years and in my opinion this is yet again sports team greed and the fans just lose.

  4. Ray on said:

    This is the other Lombardi here – Fenway park is two blocks from Boylston street so yes they are close too – sorry been a Bmore sports fan for 53 years and in my opinion this is yet again sports team greed and the fans just lose.

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