After a scheduling conflict between the NFL and MLB failed to comprise on a situation to allow the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens to kick off the 2013 season at home, the team was then forced to start its defense of their championship on the road.
In what should be an excellent opening week match-up, pitting two of the very best in the AFC, the Ravens will see Peyton Manning yet again. This time in temperatures more favorable for a quarterback who is 37 years old with multiple neck surgeries.
Revenge will be on the minds of Denver fans after the Ravens went into Denver and left the Rocky Mountain city with one of the most incredible playoff victories in NFL history back in January.
The Ravens have revamped their defense that ranked 17th in total defense and the Broncos signed one of the very best slot receivers in the game in Wes Welker.
Another excellent side bar to this game will be the return of Elvis Dumervil – who signed a five-year deal with the Ravens in late March – to Denver to face his former team in the Broncos.
Starting on the road isn’t the most ideal situation but gives the Ravens three extra days – nine overall – to prepare for their Week 2 opponent, which has yet to be announced.
Taking a quick glance at the Baltimore Orioles schedule, the Ravens could potentially have their home opener on Sunday, September 15th. Could it be the Steelers? Patriots? Texans?
Find out tonight!
Matt Lund is a contributor for BaltimoreSportsReport.com and co-host of the BSR Podcast. You can follow him on Twitter @MattCLund.