The Ravens’ 2017 schedule is out.
Here’s a quick, chronological, look at some of the highlights:
Baltimore will begin its season on the road against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sept. 10.
The Ravens will get an early chance to take control of the AFC North, and an opportunity to close it out down the stretch. Baltimore will face all three of its division foes in the first four weeks, then close the regular season by facing all three again in the final four weeks.
In the middle of the AFC North-heavy first quarter is the Ravens’ trip to London to face the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sept. 24 at Wembley Stadium.
While the Ravens’ first quarter of the season is the “easiest” when judging by last year’s records (21-42-1), a key Week 4 home game against the rival Pittsburgh Steelers looms large at 1 p.m. The timing of the game will be an additional challenge for the Ravens considering they will be flying back from London (a six-hour time zone difference) just seven days earlier.Making the travel equation even more difficult is the Ravens flying out to the West Coast the following week to face the Oakland Raiders. So the physical, hard-fought Steelers game is sandwiched between the team’s two longest road trips. For the first nine weeks of the season, however, the Ravens will flip-flop between road and home games.
The Ravens will have their first primetime game in Week 8 against the Miami Dolphins on Thursday Night Football. Baltimore has a Week 10 bye, which is their latest since 2014, and should help them rest and recover for the final playoff push.
The Ravens come out of the bye against the Green Bay Packers and quarterback Aaron Rodgers. While an early-season trip to Lambeau Field would have been nice, the Ravens will be ready for a 1 p.m. game on Nov. 19. The last time the Ravens went to Green Bay in 2009, they lost on Monday Night Football in frigid December.
In Week 12, Head Coach John Harbaugh will finally get his long-awaited home Monday Night Football game as the Ravens will host the Houston Texans. It’s Baltimore’s first Monday Night Football game since 2012 and just the second of Harbaugh’s 10-year tenure.
The Ravens and Steelers will have yet another late-season clash on Sunday Night Football at Heinz Field in Week 14. The Steelers knocked the Ravens out of playoff contention last year in Pittsburgh on Christmas Day.
The unofficial tradition of closing the season against the Cincinnati Bengals continues, but it’s at least at home this year. The Ravens and Bengals will face each other Week 17 for the sixth time in the past seven seasons. The last time the season finale between these two teams was at M&T Bank Stadium was in 2010.