Ravens To Open 2013 Season On The Road – Broncos Or Steelers Likely To Be Opponent

Due to a scheduling conflict with the Baltimore Orioles baseball team, the Baltimore Ravens will be forced to start their defense of their 2012 championship on the road in the Thursday night season opener.

The Ravens are scheduled to play the Pittsburgh Steelers, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos, Chicago Bears, Miami Dolphins, Buffalo Bills and Detroit Lions on the road in 2013, but for obvious ratings reasons, half of those teams can likely be eliminated as being the possible opponent. In reality, the Steelers, Broncos and Dolphins figure to be the three teams in the running to host the game.

While the television ratings for a Ravens-Steelers game would be strong, a Ravens-Broncos game would more than likely be the way that the league goes, as it would feature a rematch of two teams that met in the playoffs last season. The Ravens of course won that overtime game in Denver 38-35 thanks in part to the Broncos giving up a 70-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Joe Flacco to wide receiver Jacoby Jones on third down with 41 seconds left in regulation.

Should the league decide instead to let the Steelers host the Ravens, it would be the second time in three seasons that the two division rivals have opened the season against each other.

The full 2013 schedule will be released next month.

  • Kevin Gobleck

    I wouldn’t mind kicking the ravens ass at the beginning of the season!

  • Jeff

    Hell Yes…. it’d be great to do it in the same fashion they did to us in the 2011 opener.

  • Kusko_Ken

    i’d like to see one of those two point plays when we’re up by four scores too..

  • rob.pghsteelersfan

    If it is Pittsburgh and the Ravens are getting crushed I wanna hear all the fans yelling “Ravens suck” like their fans did when the Steelers were getting crushed @ Baltimore

  • Dan

    Although the ratings would be strong, I’d think they should shy away from sending the Ravens to Denver. The Super Bowl winners are supposed to be rewarded for their previous season by hosting the opener and opening celebration. To send them to Denver where the home field advantage is exceptional would be like a double slap in the face. To send them to Pittsburgh which is in the same time zone and a very short flight is more reasonable. But I may be biased.

  • Maurice_hill_district

    I think Ravens are happy with their Super Bowl ring. If my team won the SB last year, I wouldnt give a crap about what any teams’ fans think.

    Remember the ol saying, reguardless of what schedule comes out ya gotta beat whichever team it is. I assume fans will take Ravens lightly, Ravens lost so much. But LeBeau better be more prepared for game one than he was for that egg he laid for our opening game last year.

  • Nolrog

    I hate opening against a division rival. Hate it with a passion. Two years ago we did that, got blown out and that set the tone for the entire season. Division rivals should play around week 7 and week 15.
    As for it being obvious as to why half those teams are eliminated, well, not obvious to me. Please spell it out.

  • Chris92021

    I personally hope that it will be the Broncos that host that Thursday Night game. After all, Rahim Moore and Peyton Manning need to get their rings from the Ravens too.

  • hergieburbur

    Another season of hearing them whine about their road schedule…

  • hergieburbur

    Or the end, or the middle, or anytime really…

  • GunsDontKillWoodleyKills

    Don’t forget John Fox and his passive play calling.

  • Casteelersfan

    I thought they played in different venues?

  • redneckmuslim

    I have a feeling we’re going to open with Miami. That seems like the best way to manufacture drama for television. I would guess the Ravens will get the Broncos.