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The Ravens Requested No Prime-time Game In Pitts

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Source: Ravens ask NFL for no prime-time game in Pittsburgh

By Jamison Hensley | jamison.hensley@baltsun.com

Contrary to rumors, the Ravens are not expected to kick off the 2009 regular season at the defending Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers in the Thursday night season opener.

As part of their scheduling requests to the league, the Ravens asked not to play a prime-time game at Heinz Field this season, a team official told The Baltimore Sun.

The Ravens have played a nationally televised game at Pittsburgh for three of the past four seasons, including the past two years. The Ravens have never won a prime-time game at Pittsburgh, losing all four times.

It has become tradition that the defending Super Bowl champion opens the NFL season with a nationally televised game at home. There were rumors that the league would begin with Ravens-Steelers, a rematch of the AFC championship game.

The first games of the 2009 season -- the prime-time games for Thursday, Sunday and Monday nights -- are expected to be announced next week at the NFL owners meetings. The rest of the regular-season schedule is usually announced in April.



I for one am happy and would rather play at home week one against an easier opponent. We don't need to play in pitts week one, when they have their superbowl celebration.
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who in their right mind would want to open the season at Pittsburgh in what would basically be a "homcoming game"
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[quote name='DTenGil' post='170798' date='Mar 20 2009, 01:23 PM']who in their right mind would want to open the season at Pittsburgh in what would basically be a "homcoming game"[/quote]
The Steelers. Lol, probably someone like the Browns will get stuck with it.
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[quote name='darklight1216' post='170799' date='Mar 20 2009, 01:25 PM']The Steelers. Lol, probably someone like the Browns will get stuck with it.[/quote]

Ah the Browns.... what a mess lol. That would be just their luck.
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[quote name='RavenWarrior11' post='170820' date='Mar 20 2009, 02:35 PM']Ah the Browns.... what a mess lol. That would be just their luck.[/quote]
Lol, i laughed so hard. I don't wish that on anyone. I bet it will be the titans. If they played the Jets this year I would say move the Jets to that game since they want to be us.
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[url="http://boards.baltimoreravens.com/index.php?showtopic=8478"]http://boards.baltimoreravens.com/index.php?showtopic=8478[/url]
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.....already being discussed.

[url="http://boards.baltimoreravens.com/index.php?showtopic=8478"]http://boards.baltimoreravens.com/index.php?showtopic=8478[/url]
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[quote name='OnOurWaytoSIX' post='170828' date='Mar 20 2009, 03:11 PM']<troll post>..

Hmmm, who would have thought.[/quote]

In essence, its similar to the whole Ravens at Dallas deal.. Dallas requested a game against an "easy" opponent to ensure a victory as the last game in their stadium.. But nobody is calling them chicken.. Quite frankly, i dont blame the Ravens, im not saying we would lose the game against Pitt, but id much rather play an easy opponent and start off 1-0 instead of starting the season off against a tough opponent with the possibility of starting 0-1..
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I know we are not lucky on prime time against the steelers but so what let the players play dammit. It will be a hell of a win.
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It wouldn't make much sense for the Ravens to open their season with another loss. We're one of the better team in the league, but playing in Pittsburgh at night is just a death trap.

Why don't they come to our place once in a while on Monday night?
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Why can't Pitt play here? It does look strange all the Prime Time games are there. No prime Time games would be fine too :lol: :lol:
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[quote name='Moderator 2' post='170845' date='Mar 20 2009, 03:53 PM']Why can't Pitt play here? It does look strange all the Prime Time games are there. No prime Time games would be fine too :lol: :lol:[/quote]


I wouldn't be against opening in WK 1 in PIT on a Monday night and then closing in WK 17 in BAL on a Monday night. It's always a great game.
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[quote name='thewarden86' post='170819' date='Mar 20 2009, 02:35 PM']:lol: :lol: :lol:[/quote]

oh stop your laughing.

We've played prime time in your house every year.

Its time you come to our house.

Btw I swear it seems like everytime i see Pittsburgh it seems like there at home, anybody else think that too?
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Let's face it, as supremely confident as we all are in our Ravens, there's only something like a 30% chance of winning what is essentially another homecoming game for the Steelers. To play the defending Super Bowl champions in their home stadium, on a night with the same atmosphere as a coronation, is like being a lamb led to slaughter.

And seriously, a loss to start the season 0-1 is demoralizing, even though it's early. It especially doesn't help the psyche of the younger players, to play in such a hostile environment with all odds against them, and to come out with a loss. On the flip side, it would, of course, be a huge boost to have a repeat of the Dallas game last season and beat the Steelers at home on one of the biggest nights in team history -- but lightning doesn't always strike twice in that regard.

It's a nice idea, to upset the defending champs at home in Week 1, but I'd rather start the season healthy, if you know what I mean. EVERY Ravens-Steelers game has ended with a player getting hurt on both teams, and we don't need a key starter going down so early.
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Not to mention when we start the season with a loss, we dont make the playoffs that year. It is extremally important for us to win our first game just based on our recent track record when we lose on opening day.
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[quote name='Ravenskid2085' post='170851' date='Mar 20 2009, 04:22 PM']oh stop your laughing.

We've played prime time in your house every year.

Its time you come to our house.

Btw I swear it seems like everytime i see Pittsburgh it seems like there at home, anybody else think that too?[/quote]


Wasn't the game in B-More this year prime-time?
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[quote name='thewarden86' post='170858' date='Mar 20 2009, 05:09 PM']Wasn't the game in B-More this year prime-time?[/quote]

Depends on if you consider 4 p.m. primetime. Primetime to me, are games being played while no other game is on. TNF, MNF, SNF.
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[quote name='neepo13' post='170861' date='Mar 20 2009, 05:13 PM']Depends on if you consider 4 p.m. primetime. Primetime to me, are games being played while no other game is on. TNF, MNF, SNF.[/quote]

I thought I remembered it being at night but that's because it was bumped to 4pm. No, you're right: Night games are after 8:30 pm.
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Who cares if the Ravens requested it or not? Watch the league still screw Baltimore over and make them play that game anyway! Remember this past season when we got no BYE week? If you've been a Baltimore fan long enough, you already know to expect the worst when it comes to the league, the officials, etc.
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[quote name='edreedfromtheu' post='170863' date='Mar 20 2009, 05:21 PM']Who cares if the Ravens requested it or not? Watch the league still screw Baltimore over and make them play that game anyway! Remember this past season when we got no BYE week? If you've been a Baltimore fan long enough, you already know to expect the worst when it comes to the league, the officials, etc.[/quote]

That's because God hates the Ravens. :rolleyes:
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[quote name='thewarden86' post='170864' date='Mar 20 2009, 05:23 PM']That's because God hates the Ravens. :rolleyes:[/quote]

haha, i wouldn't be surprised!
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[quote name='edreedfromtheu' post='170863' date='Mar 20 2009, 05:21 PM']Who cares if the Ravens requested it or not? Watch the league still screw Baltimore over and make them play that game anyway! Remember this past season when we got no BYE week? If you've been a Baltimore fan long enough, you already know to expect the worst when it comes to the league, the [b]officials[/b], etc.[/quote]
Well there was that playclock miracle against the Titans.

I agree with you though: if the defending champs want to play us, then we'll probably have no choice. However, don't forget that the Steelers know they are going to get hurt playing us; they might not want to start the season out with injuries either.
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