It's been a long summer. Have you missed football? Are you ready for the season? So am I. But the wait is over.
Tonight at 8:30pm ET on NBC, the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens take on the Denver Broncos in the kickoff game of the 2013-2014 NFL season.
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This year is different than other years however. The Super Bowl champions are usually the ones hosting the season opener. But because of an Orioles home game, this year the defending champions will be on the road.
But the Ravens aren't complaining. They're just excited to get back onto the field. Torrey Smith tweeted about the beginning of the season this morning:
The Ravens are more than ready for the game, which just so happens to be a rematch of the divisional playoff game in last year's playoffs. The Ravens came out on top thanks to the "mile-high miracle" catch by Jacoby Jones that sent the game into overtime, eventually leading to a Justin Tucker field goal a few minutes into double overtime.
"It is going to be a playoff-like atmosphere out there," Ray Rice described. "It won't be as cold, but I'm sure it will be probably one of the hardest hitting games of the year."
Sports Authority Field at Mile High is a hard stadium to play in. Most teams aren't used to the high altitude and struggle playing their best game. Not to mention the crowd that comes out for Broncos games is rowdy. The Broncos also have the best home record in the NFL since 1975 (214-84).
But Raven's head coach John Harbaugh isn't worried about the crowd or the altitude. "We'll just play the way we always play," he commented. "We like to feel we thrive in [these] kinds of conditions. That's why you do this. We feel like we're just the men for the job, and we're excited about it."
The Ravens are a 7.5 point underdog going into this game, but that hasn't stopped them before. The Ravens usually find themselves in the underdog position and they seem to have embraced it.
Tune in to see if Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco and the Ravens can conquer the Denver Broncos.