Ravens Have Three Primetime Games, But None vs. Steelers

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Here’s one of the biggest surprises of the Ravens’ 2019 schedule. Neither game against the Pittsburgh Steelers is scheduled for primetime.

When was the last time that happened? It was 2006, two years before Head Coach John Harbaugh arrived in Baltimore.

The two Ravens-Steelers games in 2019 are Week 5 at Pittsburgh (Oct. 6, 1 p.m.), and Week 17, the regular-season finale at M&T Bank Stadium (Dec. 29, 1 p.m.).

It would not be surprising to see the Week 17 Ravens-Steelers game flexed into primetime if the outcome has playoff implications. But for now, the Ravens have three primetime games on the schedule that was released Wednesday evening:

Week 9 vs. New England, Sunday Night Football

If it seems like awhile since Tom Brady and Bill Belichick visited M&T Bank Stadium, you’re right. The Patriots’ last trip to Baltimore was in 2013. Not only will the Ravens have a rare opportunity to host New England, but it will be the Ravens’ first game following their bye in Week 8, giving Baltimore extra time to rest and prepare. This is the kind of game that gets attention from a national television audience – the defending Super Bowl champion against the defending AFC North champion.

Week 12 at Los Angeles Rams, Monday Night Football

You know former Ravens safety Eric Weddle will be stoked for this matchup after he was released this offseason and signed with the Rams. Baltimore had the No. 1-ranked defense in the NFL last season, while the Rams had the NFC’s top-ranked offense led by quarterback Jared Goff and running back Todd Gurley. It’s a glamour matchup between two teams that face each other just once every four years. It's the 14th Monday Night Football game during Harbaugh's era. Twelve have been on the road.

Week 15 vs. New York Jets, Thursday Night Football

Seeing linebacker C.J. Mosley in a Jets uniform after his five seasons in Baltimore will be different. For Mosely, it will feel odd when he heads into the visitor’s locker room at M&T Bank Stadium. It will be a short week for both teams, as the Ravens will have just three days to get ready following their Week 14 road game against the Buffalo Bills. And instead of facing the Ravens wearing a Steelers’ uniform, running back Le’Veon Bell will be darting and dashing for the Jets.

Here’s a scouting report and what to expect from the Ravens’ 2019 opponents.

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