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Looking like a home opener for Ravens

There are continuing indications that the Ravens will open up the 2009 regular season at M&T Bank Stadium.

Because the Ravens play their final two preseason games on the road (the preseason schedule was announced Monday), the NFL will likely give the Ravens a home opener in order to avoid them playing three straight weeks on the road.

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The Ravens would be able to play Week 1 of the regular season at M&T Bank Stadium because the Orioles are away on Sept. 13.

With the Pittsburgh Steelers and Chicago Bears scheduled for the NFL's kickoff weekend, the Ravens' possible season-opening opponent at home could be: Cincinnati, Cleveland, Detroit, Denver, Kansas City or Indianapolis.

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The NFL traditionally announces its regular-season schedule in early April.

The Ravens, who opened the 2008 season at home against Cincinnati, have not kicked off consecutive seasons at home since they moved to their downtown stadium in 1998.

Based on the Orioles' schedule, the Ravens could play home Sunday games in Weeks 1 and 3 and would have to play road Sunday games in Week 2 and 4.


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