Ravens open 2014 season at home against Bengals

Baltimore has 3 primetime games this season

The Baltimore Ravens will play three primetime games this season , with the remainder of their schedule playing out 1 p.m. games.

The Ravens will play the Steelers at home in Week 2 on Thursday Sept. 11 at 8:25 p.m. and again in primetime on Nov. 9 in Pittsburgh. The team travels to New Orleans on  Nov. 24 for a primetime matchup against the Saints, to be broadcast on ESPN. 

The Ravens will open the season on Sept. 7 at home against the Cincinnati Bengals closing the season on Dec. 28 against the Browns.

New high-profile signing Steve Smith will face his former side the Carolina Panthers on Sept. 28 in Baltimore.

The team will rest for a Week 11 bye.

In a release from the team:

For the third time in the last four regular seasons, the Baltimore Ravens will open at M&T Bank Stadium against an AFC North rival. Defending division champion Cincinnati will come to Baltimore Sept. 7 to start the 2014 campaign. Four days later, Sept. 11, the Ravens will stay at home and host Pittsburgh in a Thursday night special. This is the first game of the new CBS-TV/Thursday night package with the NFL.

(The Ravens opened the 2011 season at M&T Bank Stadium with a 35-7 victory over the Steelers and followed that with a 44-13 decision over the visiting Bengals in the 2012 debut. Last season, the Ravens, as the defending Super Bowl champions, were stopped, 49-27, at Denver in the first game.)

Baltimore has opened the season with consecutive home games only twice in its history: 1997 and 2008. The Ravens own a combined 3-1 record in those contests.

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