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Baltimore Ravens 2013 Schedule Released

Thursday night felt like Christmas in Baltimore when the National Football League (NFL) released the 2013 schedule. It is safe to say that the Baltimore Ravens schedule is fair despite the absence of a Monday Night home game and opening the season on the road (despite winning Super Bowl XLVII).

A scheduling conflict prevented the Ravens from opening at home on Thursday, September 5. Instead they will head to Denver to face the Broncos for a rematch of last season’s AFC divisional playoff game.

It was surprising to learn that the Ravens will host another Thanksgiving Day game against AFC North rival Pittsburgh Steelers on November 28. It will be the second time in three years the Ravens host a prime-time holiday game.

The Ravens have two Sunday night games, the first will be played on the road against the Detroit Lions on December 16; the second is at home on December 22 against the New England Patriots in a rematch of the AFC Championship game.

Aside from not hosting the first game of the season, I am pleased with the Ravens schedule. I like the placement of the bye week on October 27, half way through the season will give them a much needed break. Also having two Thursday night games essentially gives the Ravens two mini-bye weeks since they will have 10 days between games.

The Ravens have the fifth toughest schedule in the NFL (based on 2012 records).

The schedule release fired me up; I’m ready for the 2013 season to begin!

2013 Baltimore Ravens Schedule:

Date   Opponent   Location   Time   TV
Thurs, Sept. 5   at Denver Broncos   Sports Authority Field at Mile High   8:30pm   WBAL-TV
Sun, Sept. 15   vs. Cleveland Browns   M&T Bank Stadium   1:00pm   WJZ-TV
Sun, Sept. 22   vs. Houston Texans   M&T Bank Stadium   1:00pm   WJZ-TV
Sun, Sept. 29   at Buffalo Bills   Ralph Wilson Stadium   1:00pm   WJZ-TV
Sun, Oct. 6   at Miami Dolphins   Sun Life Stadium   1:00pm   WJZ-TV
Sun, Oct. 13   vs. Green Bay Packers   M&T Bank Stadium   1:00pm   WBFF-TV
Sun, Oct. 20   at Pittsburgh Steelers   Heinz Field   4:25pm   WJZ-TV
Sun, Oct. 27   BYE            
Sun, Nov. 3   at Cleveland Browns   FirstEnergy Stadium   4:25pm   WJZ-TV
Sun, Nov. 10   vs. Cincinnati Bengals   M&T Bank Stadium   1:00pm   WJZ-TV
Sun, Nov. 17   at Chicago Bears   Soldier Field   1:00pm*   WJZ-TV
Sun, Nov. 24   vs. New York Jets   M&T Bank Stadium   1:00pm*   WJZ-TV
Thurs, Nov. 28   vs. Pittsburgh Steelers   M&T Bank Stadium   8:30pm   WBAL-TV
Sun, Dec. 8   vs. Minnesota Vikings   M&T Bank Stadium   1:00pm*   WBFF-TV
Sun, Dec. 16   at Detroit Lions   Ford Field   8:40pm   ESPN
Sun, Dec. 22   vs. New England Patriots   M&T Bank Stadium   8:30pm*   WJZ-TV
Sun, Dec. 29   at Cincinnati Bengals   Paul Brown Stadium   1:00pm*   WJZ-TV

*Flexible Time Schedule
All times Eastern.
All game times & television networks subject to change.

By MelissaRubin

Self-proclaimed sports junkie. Lifelong Baltimore sports fan residing in DC. Baltimore Ravens are my favorite team, I'm a die-hard fan and in constant need of a football fix. Baltimore Orioles and Washington Capitals fan too. Follow her on Twitter @egoddess1