Ravens to open preseason vs. Panthers

March 31, 2010|By Jamison Hensley | Baltimore Sun reporter

The Ravens open their preseason against the Carolina Panthers on Thursday, Aug. 12 at M&T Bank Stadium to begin an NFC-filled summer schedule.

Their opener against the Panthers will be on ESPN.

The Ravens then travel to play local rival, the Washington Redskins, at FedEx Field either on Aug. 20 or 21. Their third preseason game is home against the New York Giants on either Aug. 27 or 28. Their preseason finale is at the St. Louis Rams on Thursday, Sept. 2.

"Opening on national television gives a little more incentive during training camp to be ready for a large audience," coach John Harbaugh said in a statement. "I know that playing the Redskins in the preseason is something our fans enjoy, and gives a backyard rivalry that adds some spice to that game. The Giants, like us, are a tough, physical team similar to those we play in our division, which makes that game a good tune-up. Playing indoors at St. Louis prepares us for that type of environmentOverall, it's a good balanced schedule that will help us prepare for the regular season."

It is anticipated that the NFL will announce the regular-season schedule by the middle of April.

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