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OWINGS MILLS - The Baltimore Ravens will kick off the preseason against the Atlanta Falcons.

The Ravens' slate of preseason games was announced Wednesday, and the defending AFC North champions begin their schedule Aug. 9 at the Georgia Dome.

The Ravens have played six of eight preseason games against the Falcons in Atlanta and defeated them, 21-7, last summer.

The Ravens' preseason home opener is against the Detroit Lions on Aug. 17 at 8 p.m., a game that will be nationally televised on Fox.

And the Ravens host the Jacksonville Jaguars for their third preseason game on Aug. 23.

Baltimore concludes the preseason on the road against the St. Louis Rams on Aug. 30.

The Ravens have traditionally played the New York Giants, Washington Redskins or the Philadelphia Eagles during the preseason, but won't do so this year due to Baltimore squaring off with all three NFC East teams during the regular season.

This marks the Ravens' first preseason game against the Jaguars, and their third against the Lions and Rams.

Kickoff times haven't been determined yet for three of the games.

Meanwhile, the dates and times for the Ravens' regular-season schedule will be released by the NFL later this month.

They have their annual AFC North schedule of home-and-road contests against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Cincinnati Bengals and the Cleveland Browns.

The Ravens' other home games are against the New England Patriots, Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, Giants and Dallas Cowboys.

The other road games are against the San Diego Chargers, Kansas City Chiefs, Houston Texans, Redskins and Eagles.

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