On Wednesday night the 2019 NFL Regular Season schedule was officially released.
The Baltimore Ravens have known their opponents for quite some time, but they now know the order of their games, which primetime assignments that they have drawn, and perhaps most importantly when their bye week will occur.
Here’s a Tweet from the Ravens Twitter account with the schedule attached:
The 2019 Ravens will open up on the road on September 8 against the Miami Dolphins at 1:00 p.m. While a road opener, Ravens fans usually travel in droves to Miami for the game and Ravens starting quarterback Lamar Jackson is a Florida native. That will be a road opener in venue alone.
Additionally, one of the things I was most eager to see would be when the Ravens would be travelling to Buffalo to take on the Bills. I was hopeful that this would be, at worst, an October contest. The Bills are quite feisty at the Ralph in November and December. The fumble-prone Jackson has expressed issues about weather before, he did so after the week 15 Bucs game when it was 51 degrees and raining.
Needless to say, the schedule makers did not do any favors to the Ravens as they will head to Orchard Park, New York on December 8. This game is now more of a coin flip contest than most had originally believed.
Trying to play psychic with the schedule results before the draft is often not a fruitful endeavor. But without a doubt, this game got more difficult to win and the Ravens would have preferred this matchup in an earlier month.
The Ravens road schedule this upcoming season is brutal with visits to the Seahawks, Rams, and Chiefs in addition to their opener in Miami, the aforementioned Bills game, and their normal divisional road games. The Rams game will also be a night game as the Ravens will be on Monday Night Football.
The November 3 contest with the Patriots on Sunday Night football highlights the home portion of the schedule. That slate includes the divisional home games as well as visits from the Texans, Cardinals, Niners, and Jets. The Jets contest will also represent a home primetime game for the Ravens on Thursday Night Football.
The bye week hits in Week Eight after the Ravens head back from Seattle and go into their matchup with the defending champion Patriots.
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