As many of the Ravens gather in Owings Mills today for the first voluntary workouts of the offseason, the organization is still awaiting word on its opponent for the Sept. 5 NFL regular-season opener.
There was plenty of speculation that the league's regular-season schedule would be released tomorrow. However, that won't be happening, according to NFL spokesman Greg Aiello.
"The schedule is not completed and a release date has not been determined," Aiello wrote in an email to The Sun.
The schedule is traditionally unveiled before the draft. If the NFL decides to do that again this offseason, the league has nine more days before the draft begins on April 25.
According to Pro Football Talk, online listings for NFL Network had included a schedule-release show on the night of April 16, which is tomorrow. That has since changed.
It's unknown how much the uncertainty involving the Ravens' Sept. 5 opener played a part in the delay. As the Super Bowl champions, the Ravens were scheduled to begin the NFL regular-season with a Thursday night home game. However, the Orioles have a home game that night against the Chicago White Sox.
The Orioles and Ravens couldn't work out the logistics of a baseball/football doubleheader on Sept. 5, leading to the NFL's announcement that the Ravens will open up on the road. Their opponent that night has yet to be revealed, though the Denver Broncos are the favorite after the two teams matched up in a thrilling double-overtime divisional playoff game this past season. The Pittsburgh Steelers and Chicago Bears are also logical choices.
Aiello said that there are no plans to announce the Sept. 5 matchup in advance of the rest of the regular-season schedule.
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