Ravens face NFC teams in pre-season

Ravens face NFC teams in pre-season
April 4, 2013, 5:30 pm
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The Ravens' pre-season doesn't appear to be too exciting since all four of their games are against NFC teams.

They open at Tampa Bay (no date yet) before hosting Atlanta on Thursday, Aug. 15. One week later, Carolina comes to town on Thursday, Aug. 22. That game is going to be on national TV (ESPN). Another Thursday night game closes out the pre-season schedule when the Ravens go to St. Louis on Aug. 29. No times have been set for any of the four games.

Pre-season games are growing less and less important each year. Teams are more interested in making sure that no one gets hurt in a bad way and often rest most everyone in the final pre-season game, making it not much of a show for the fans.

The Ravens are going to have a different situation this year because of the high number of changes that have taken place in the off-season. This is going to be a new team with a whole new look, and coach John Harbaugh is going to want to test various things in the pre-season. 

To that end, it's going to be interesting to see just how much the Ravens do want to test and try things out. Even though all four teams aren't in the Ravens' conference or division, everyone in the NFL sees film of everything. 

The Atlanta game is really the only one that looks like it could be any kind of interesting. Carolina, Tampa Bay and St. Louis all are teams which are rebounding from tough times and getting better while the Falcons just missed being the Ravens' opponent in the Super Bowl. Since it's the second game of the pre-season, both teams will have the regulars play for awhile.