Ravens Prepping For MNF On The Road

For the sixth time in the Harbaugh era, Baltimore will play a road game on Monday night.

Posted by Billy Jones on Wednesday, October 19th, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Categories: Billy Jones, Week 7 at Jaguars

Monday night is prime time in the football world – everybody in the league is watching.

The Ravens will be the featured in prime time once again this Monday night when they head to Jacksonville to take on the Jaguars. Baltimore comes into the game with an all-time record of 7-8 on Monday nights, including 4-6 in their ten games on the road.

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The Ravens have not played host to a Monday night game since December of 2007, when the Ravens nearly knocked off the 12-0 New England Patriots at M&T Bank Stadium, falling 27-24. On the contrary, 1-5 Jacksonville – coming off an 8-8 campaign in 2010 – will host two Monday night games in 2011.

Ravens Owner Steve Bisciotti is pulling for a home Monday night matchup.

“We haven’t been on Monday Night Football in forever at home,” Bisciotti said on a fan conference call in August. “They kind of slipped that one in on me, and it was too late, and I obviously didn’t fight hard enough when they asked us for our preferences. I was very disappointed, because I had mentioned it to the scheduling guys. When we didn’t get it last year, they took note, but I will bet you a Ravens hat and a shirt that we are on Monday Night Football at home next year.”

With his brother, Jim, making national headlines this week, Head Coach John Harbaugh joked with reporters that now isn’t the time to file a complaint.

“Aren’t we in enough controversy with the family right now, to get me involved with that?” Harbaugh asked, inciting laughter from the media. “We’re happy to go play.”

Since taking over as head coach in 2008, Harbaugh owns a Monday night record of 3-2, including wins in three of his last four games. Last season, the Ravens were a perfect 2-0 in their Monday night road games against the New York Jets and Houston Texans. The Ravens hold a 3-2 record at M&T on Monday nights.

In 11 prime time games on Sundays, Thursdays and Mondays under Harbaugh, the Ravens hold a 7-4 record, with seven of those contests being played on the road. Baltimore’s head coach knows that eventually the team will get some big homes games on Monday night, but for now the team is fine with whatever the schedule makers decide.

“Right now, at this point, we’re happy to go play wherever they put us. Someday we’ll have a big Monday night game [at home]. But, you know what? We had a big Sunday night game, and we have a big Thursday night game coming up. So, we’ve had some really cool games here and one of these days, we’ll get a Monday night game.”

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