On Now
Coming Up
  • Sat., Jan. 28, 2017 1:30 PM EST Senior Bowl The Baltimore Ravens scouts are heading to Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama to check out prospects for the upcoming 2017 NFL Draft.
  • Sun., Jan. 29, 2017 8:00 PM EST Pro Bowl The 2017 Pro Bowl will be played on Sunday, January 29, 2017 and will be televised live on ESPN from Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida.
  • Sat., Feb. 18, 2017 10:00 AM EST Cheerleader Prep Clinics Get ready for Baltimore Ravens Cheerleader tryouts at the Cheerleader Prep Clinics!
  • Thu., Mar. 02, 2017 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM EST NFL Combine The NFL Scouting Combine is a vital event in the path to the draft. More than 300 prospects will participate in the 2017 combine in their quest to achieve their NFL dreams.
  • Fri., Mar. 03, 2017 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM EST NFL Combine The NFL Scouting Combine is a vital event in the path to the draft. More than 300 prospects will participate in the 2017 combine in their quest to achieve their NFL dreams.
  • Sat., Mar. 04, 2017 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM EST NFL Combine The NFL Scouting Combine is a vital event in the path to the draft. More than 300 prospects will participate in the 2017 combine in their quest to achieve their NFL dreams.
  • Sat., Mar. 04, 2017 9:30 AM EST Cheerleader Tryouts Tryout to be part of the 2017 Baltimore Ravens Cheerleaders!
  • Sun., Mar. 05, 2017 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM EST NFL Combine The NFL Scouting Combine is a vital event in the path to the draft. More than 300 prospects will participate in the 2017 combine in their quest to achieve their NFL dreams.
  • Sat., Mar. 11, 2017 11:00 AM EST Playmaker Tryouts Tryout to become a Baltimore Ravens Playmaker!
  • Sat., Apr. 01, 2017 8:45 AM EDT Marching Ravens Auditions Come join us and become part of the best marching band in the NFL!

News

Print
RSS

Ravens Ready For Three-Game Divisional Challenge

Posted Sep 1, 2014

Baltimore is about to embark on an opening stretch that will set the pace for the season.


In 2012, the Ravens began the season with four games in 18 days.

Last year, they opened the regular season on the road in Denver – a rare assignment for a defending Super Bowl champion.

This season’s challenge: three straight AFC North games to open the year.

The Ravens are the only team in the NFL with three straight divisional games to begin the season. Baltimore hasn’t done it since 2008, Head Coach John Harbaugh’s first year on the job.

“We understand the challenge in front of us,” Harbaugh said.

“We’d want to win all three games no matter who we were opening up with. [We will take it] one at a time, but the fact that division games are so valuable – so important – and to open up with three right in a row … I know that the three opponents are feeling the same way about those games. Those are going to be hard-fought, highly-contested football games.”

The Ravens start with the Cincinnati Bengals at M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday. Then the Steelers come to town for Thursday Night Football. The AFC North stretch ends with a trip to Cleveland in Week 3.

After flying back from the final preseason game in New Orleans early Friday morning, the Ravens practiced on Friday and Saturday before the players were given the days off Sunday and Monday. Harbaugh said the team already started working on the Bengals last week. Often times, since the starters don’t play in the final preseason game, they practice in preparation for the Week 1 opponent.

“I expect them to come back Tuesday popping out of their skin ready to go,” Harbaugh said. “I know they’re going to be excited to get back and go to work.”

The last time the Ravens opened with three straight divisional games, in 2008, Baltimore also opened with Cincinnati and notched a 17-10 win. The Ravens then beat the Browns in Week 2, but fell in overtime in Pittsburgh in Week 3.

Baltimore last kicked off the season with the Bengals in 2012, which resulted in a 44-13 Ravens victory to jumpstart the eventual Super Bowl season.

Please Note

The opinions, analysis and/or speculation expressed on BaltimoreRavens.com represent those of individual authors, and unless quoted or clearly labeled as such, do not represent the opinions or policies of the Baltimore Ravens' organization, front office staff, coaches and executives. Authors' views are formulated independently from any inside knowledge and/or conversations with Ravens officials, including the coaches and scouts, unless otherwise noted.

Related News

Recent Videos

Recent Photos