Even in the humdrum setting of a preseason game, network executives found the Ravens-Philadelphia Eagles matchup too tempting to pass up.
The teams will play at Lincoln Financial Field Aug. 20 on CBS, the second of back-to-back nationally televised games for the Ravens. It will be the Ravens defense's first crack at Eagles receiver Terrell Owens since the Pro Bowl player filed a grievance with the NFL Players Association against a trade that would have sent him to the Ravens.
A settlement and three-way trade sent Owens from the San Francisco 49ers to the Eagles.
The Eagles and Ravens also will meet in the regular season.
The Ravens open the preseason playing host to the Atlanta Falcons Aug. 12 at M&T Bank Stadium, a game that has an interesting undertone as well. Falcons quarterback Michael Vick suffered a broken leg on a hit from linebacker Adalius Thomas in a preseason game last year. Vick was sidelined for the first 11 games of the regular season.
That game will be broadcast on ESPN and start at 8 p.m.
The Ravens also will play host to the Detroit Lions between Aug. 26 and Aug. 30, and then play at the New York Giants for the preseason finale between Sept. 2 and Sept. 5.