Ravens React To NFL Schedule


Justin Forsett's eyes went to one particular place as soon as the NFL schedule was released Tuesday night.

The bye week.

"I was first checking out where the bye week is, making sure that's right," Forsett said with a laugh Wednesday afternoon.

Forsett and his teammates were just like fans around the NFL who waited anxiously for the league's  announcement, and they were excited about what they saw when the NFL scheduled the Ravens in five primetime games.

"I like it," Forsett said. "Primetime games are always exciting. Being able to play [under] the lights and in front of the country, it's going to be nice."

The five primetime games are the most the Ravens have played since 2011. Even after winning the Super Bowl, the Ravens were scheduled in just four primetime slates.

But the downside of the schedule is that the Ravens will have to spend most of the early part of the season away from M&T Bank Stadium. Baltimore opens the year with a challenging slate of road games in five of their first seven contests. 

"It's football," nose tackle Brandon Williams said. "No matter where it is, we're going to play as hard as we can."

The schedule also features some new road destinations, as the Ravens play both the AFC West and NFC West this year. That includes trips to Oakland, Arizona, San Francisco and Denver.

"I'm excited to play some new teams and go to new places," linebacker C.J. Mosley said. "We have to prepare like we did last year and try to win as many games as we can so we can get back to where we did last year."

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