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Ravens release upcoming preseason schedule

April 12, 2018 - 10:08 am

By Joe Schiller

The preseason is often dubbed one of the most useless parts of the NFL calendar year, doing more harm than good, but it officially marks the beginning of a new campaign for all 32 teams.

For the Baltimore Ravens, they enter a crossroads heading into the 2018 season. They’ve failed to make the playoffs for three straight seasons and anything short of a postseason berth is a disappointment.

The league released the upcoming 65-game preseason schedule, giving the Ravens first look at who they’ll face off against to prepare for the 16-game regular season.

Unlike the majority of teams, the Ravens will play five preseason games, allowing them to begin training camp one week early.

They’ll open up the preseason in Canton, Ohio against the Chicago Bears for the Hall of Fame game on August 2nd. It’s a special weekend for both teams as Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher will both receive their elusive gold jackets.

The Ravens will return home to M&T Bank Stadium one week later to host the Los Angeles Rams. It’s not often West Coast teams make the cross-country trek in the preseason but it will provide an interesting storyline with Michael Crabtree and Aqib Talib facing off in new uniforms.

Following a weeks rest, the Ravens will head on the road in Week 2 and Week 3 to play the Indianapolis Colts and Miami Dolphins. They’ll cap off the preseason with a home game in the Battle of the Beltway against the Washington Redskins. Newly signed backup Robert Griffin III will face off against his former team.

Given the number of injuries the Ravens have suffered in recent years, adding one extra preseason game is worrisome but expect John Harbaugh and the coaching staff to be overcautious with starters to ensure a healthy roster heading into the regular season.