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This week, the Ravens face a double-whammy of the bright lights of “Monday Night Football” and the well-respected mystique of Green Bay’s Lambeau Field.
After winning their first two prime-time games this year, the Ravens improved their prime-time record to 15-18, so it’s evident that Baltimore is distancing itself from a history of night disappointments.
But winning in Wisconsin? Not so much.
The Ravens have lost their only two matchups with the Packers historic home of Lambeau Field, a venue celebrating its 53rd season. The stadium has hosted countless memorable games dating back to 1957 and features a Packers Hall of Fame to celebrate the many greats that once roamed its tunnels.
Evens so, the last time the Ravens traveled to Lambeau, it was 2001. Only Ray Lewis remains from that team.
“After you’ve been through it the first time, and you walk into the stadium – the frozen tundra and all the history that’s behind it – once you get out there and you’re kind of amazed by the field and the crowd,” said wideout Derrick Mason, who played at Lambeau Field twice with the Tennessee Titans. “After that it’s football.
“We’re not playing the stadium, so that’s a good thing. You go in there and relish what’s going on, but then you know you have to play a very good Green Bay Packers team.”
For the players that haven’t been to Lambeau yet, there is somewhat of a buzz about stepping on its hallowed grounds.
“Regardless of the past, we believe in us and know who we are,” receiver – and first-timer – Mark Clayton said. “But it’s exciting to me. It’s Lambeau. There’s a lot of history there. To be in that atmosphere is going to be a lot of fun. I never thought I would play there as a kid.”