Ravens Open Preseason on ESPN

Baltimore will host the Carolina Panthers on Aug. 12 to kick off the season.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Wednesday, March 31st, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Categories: Ryan Mink

Just as Baltimore fans can’t wait to see the 2010 Ravens, neither can the NFL schedule-makers.

The Ravens will open the 2010 preseason with an ESPN nationally-televised game at M&T Bank Stadium against the Carolina Panthers on Thursday, Aug. 12.

“Opening on national television gives a little more incentive during training camp to be ready for a large audience,” Head Coach John Harbaugh said.

Here’s the full Ravens preseason schedule:

Thursday, Aug. 12: vs. Carolina (ESPN)
Friday-Saturday, Aug. 20-21: @ Washington Redskins
Friday-Saturday, Aug. 27-28:  vs. N.Y. Giants
Thursday, Sept. 2:  @ Rams

The date of the games at Washington and St. Louis will be determined by the home team.

“I know that playing the Redskins in the preseason is something our fans enjoy, and it gives us a backyard rivalry that adds some spice to that game,” Harbaugh said. “The Giants, like us, are a tough, physical team similar to those we play in our division, which makes that game a good tune-up. Playing indoors at St. Louis prepares us for that type of environment… Overall, it’s a good, balanced schedule that will help us prepare for the regular season.”

The Ravens went 4-0 last preseason. They are 32-23 all-time, including a combined 12-9 against their 2010 preseason opponents.

The NFL has yet to release the schedule for the Week 1 primetime games and Thanksgiving games. The announcement of the full schedule is expected in mid-April.

The Ravens will travel to Carolina at some point during the regular season as Baltimore is scheduled to play the entire NFC South.

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