The NFL released the 2009 schedule this evening, and here is how things turned out for our boys in purple:
Week 1 : vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 1 PM
Week 2: @ San Diego Chargers, 4:15 PM
Week 3: vs. Cleveland Browns, 1 PM
Week 4: @ New England Patriots, 1 PM
Week 5: vs. Cincy Bengals, 1 PM
Week 6: @ Minnesota Vikings, 1 PM
Week 7: Bye
Week 8: vs. Denver Broncos, 1 PM
Week 9: @ Bengals, 1 PM
Week 10: @ Browns, 8:30 PM (Monday Night Football)
Week 11: vs. Indianapolis Colts, 1 PM
Week 12: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 8:20 PM (Sunday Night Football)
Week 13: @ Green Bay Packers, 8:30 PM (Monday Night Football)
Week 14: vs. Detroit Lions, 1 PM
Week 15: vs. Chicago Bears, 1 PM
Week 16: @ Steelers, 1 PM
Week 17: @ Oakland Raiders, 4:15 PM
Thoughts: Nice to see that FINALLY the Squealers have to come to Baltimore for a prime time game – the last time they did so being the 2003 season. On the other hand, the Ravens finally don’t have to play a prime time game in Shitsburgh, for just the 2nd time since 2005. Important? Maybe, maybe not – but the fact is, the Ravens lost in prime time in Pittsburgh in 05, 07, and 08; the last time they played a non-prime time game there (06), they won 31-7.
Also, it seems a bit odd that the Ravens are completely finished with the rest of their division schedule (4 games against the Ohio teams) before playing the first against Pittsburgh. Seems like things should be spread more evenly, no?
Starting up the season at home against Kansas City sounds good on paper, sitting here on April 14. Take that for what it’s worth though, which is pretty much nothing.
The two west coast trips for the Ravens are about as spread out as they could possibly be, in Weeks 2 and 17.
By sheer terrible luck, both the Colts and Patriots finished 2nd in their respective divisions last year, so we get to play them, while the Steelers get the Titans and Dolphins instead. Hmm….Titans/Dolphins, or Pats/Colts? F’in Aye.
Finally, the Ravens ended up with 3 total prime time appearances, 2 Monday Night games and 1 Sunday night game. The quirk is that these 3 games are all in a 4 week span, in Weeks 10-13. Only one of them is at home, the aforementioned Pittsburgh game. So B’More will have that many extra hours to get hammered all day before dealing with those rag waving goofs.
Maryland National Guard, be on alert.