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Old 02-06-2013   #39
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Default Re: HOU 2013 Opponents Determined

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Originally Posted by srrono View Post
http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com...e-home-opener/

As the Super Bowl champions, the Ravens will be the home team for the NFLís Thursday night opener on September 5, and the good news for the NFL (and NBC) is that the Ravens have a very good slate of home opponents in 2013, from a TV ratings perspective.

The Ravensí home opponents in 2013 are the Bengals, Browns, Steelers, Patriots, Jets, Texans, Packers and Vikings. Of those, only the Browns can be eliminated: Thereís no way the league will put Cleveland in the marquee Week One opener.

(Well, if we want to get crazy, weíll point out one scenario in which the opener could be Browns-Ravens: If the Ravens put the non-exclusive franchise tag on Joe Flacco, and the Browns sign him away, then Browns at Ravens would suddenly become the marquee game of the entire season. But itís probably safe to say that wonít happen.)

Aside from the Browns, every other potential Week One matchup in Baltimore would be a good game: The Bengals, Patriots, Texans, Packers and Vikings were all playoff teams, the Steelers-Ravens rivalry has long been one of the NFLís best, and even though the Jets were a circus last year, they were a circus that plenty of people watched.

So who will the Ravensí Week One opponent be? Only once since the NFL began playing the opening game in the Super Bowl championís city has there been an interconference game, and it probably wonít happen again this year: FOX only gets the Ravens twice and would surely fight to keep Vikings-Ravens or Packers-Ravens from moving over to NBC. Considering that the last three Week One opening night games have been NFC matchups that otherwise would have been on FOX, the NFL will probably decide that itís time to take an AFC game from CBS.

Of the AFC games, one stands out as the best of the bunch: Patriots-Ravens, a rematch of the last two AFC Championship Games. The Patriots and the Ravens have developed a great rivalry in recent years, and theyíve played some excellent games that have drawn huge TV ratings. The Ravens have a great slate of home games in 2013, but none is better than the Patriots game, and thatís probably the one weíll all be watching on the first Thursday night in September.
If it's not the Patriots, it'll be the Steelers. I think the Texans-Ravens could be a prime-time game but I doubt it'll get chosen for the opener over the Patriots or Steelers game.
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