The NFL has a bit of a problem on their hands. For the last decade they have opened the season with a Thursday night game hosted by the defending Super Bowl champion but that won’t be the case this year. The Orioles are scheduled to host the White Sox on the evening of September 5 and the shared game day infrastructure between the Orioles and Ravens makes for a logistical nightmare.
The Ravens and Orioles were unable to come to an agreement to move the baseball game to earlier in the day so there will be no football game in town that night. However, the NFL has announced that the Ravens will participate in the Thursday kickoff, they will just have to do so as the road team.
One of the teams on the Ravens’ 2013 road slate of games is the Detroit Lions. Could Detroit host the 2013 season kick off?
I suppose since the Tigers are off that day and on the road anyway. However, it is likely the NFL will view other options as more appealing.
An AFC opponent, for instance. The Bengals have a baseball conflict so they are out of the running. The Broncos or Steelers would be ideal opponents for a big opening matchup, although that puts the Ravens in a tough spot having already been booted from their home. The Dolphins are another interesting option considering they have been one of the most active teams in free agency and will surely bring a buzz into the season.
The NFL has just a few weeks to figure it out. The 2013 schedule is set to be released in mid-April.