Seven days from now, the Ravens will meet the Jacksonville Jaguars on Monday night before a national television audience.
The Ravens have not played host to a Monday night game since Dec. 3, 2007 when the New England Patriots escaped M&T Bank Stadium with a 27-24 win. Since then, the Ravens have participated in five Monday night contests, and all have taken place on the road.
Asked to comment on the disparity, coach John Harbaugh – who is dealing with questions about his brother Jim’s controversial post-game handshake with Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz Sunday – responded with a quip of his own.
“Aren’t we in enough controversy with the family right now to be involved in that?” Harbaugh said, drawing laughter from the assembled media. “No, we’re happy to go play. Right now, at this point, we’re happy to go play wherever they put us. Someday, we’ll get a Monday night game, but we had a big Sunday night game [against the New York Jets on Oct. 2], we’ve got a big Thursday night game coming up [against the San Francisco 49ers on Thanksgiving]. So we’ve had some really cool games this year, and I think it’s good that way. But one of these days, we’ll get a Monday night game.”