This image was the last John Harbaugh saw of M&T Bank Stadium. In 2011, he helped the Ravens do something never done before in franchise history—go undefeated at home and in their division.
If you're a Ravens fan, you know what happened a week later.
A new season (schedule) is upon us, and it's time to look forward. Right off the bat, here are some interesting facts about the Ravens' 2012 regular-season schedule:
- They will host the first Monday Night Football (ESPN) game of the season on Sept. 10, when the play the Bengals at 7 p.m. ET. The next meeting between those two teams is in Week 17 at Cincinnati.
- The Ravens will host the Patriots (NBC, Week 3) and the Browns (NFL Network, Week 4) in back-to-back weeks. Within five days, they will host those two teams in nationally televised games.
- Six of their 13 different opponents made the playoffs in 2011.
- From Week 7 to Week 12, the Ravens will play just one home game (Week 10, Oakland Raiders).
- The Ravens will play the Steelers twice in 15 days (Week 11 at Pittsburgh and Week 13 at home).
- Baltimore's final two home games of the season will be against the Manning brothers—Week 15 vs. Peyton Manning's Denver Broncos and Week 16 vs. Eli Manning's New York Giants.
There is so much to get to, so I won't waste any time. Here are previews, predictions and analysis for every Ravens game of the 2012 regular season.