I don't envy the NFL schedule-makers. That's a tough job to try and figure out which teams should play in given weeks, while figuring out the best matchups for the prime time slots.
At the same time, with the success the Ravens have had under John Harbaugh, why have the Ravens been an away team so often for Monday night games? The only time the Ravens have hosted a Monday Night Football game under Harbaugh was on Sept. 10, 2012, which ended in a 44-10 victory over the Bengals.
The Ravens get their share of Monday Night Football games, generally at least one per season. But prior to the 2012 game against the Bengals, the last time the Ravens played a home Monday night game was in 2007.
Conversely, the Saints have been a Monday Night Football darling. Since 2009, the Saints have hosted six Monday Night Football games. In home prime time contests, regardless of the day, the Saints are riding a 14-game winning streak.
I don't believe any kind of nonsense is at play. It's just been an unfortunate coincidence for the Ravens. After the tounge-in-cheek comment, "We don't get those chances too often," Harbaugh later said that there's no sense in whining about the schedule. It's just how it plays out sometimes.
"Everybody has their scheduling quirks," Harbaugh said at his Friday press conference. "There's no point in complaining about it. Everybody has their challenges, scheduling-wise. I know [NFL senior vice president of broadcasting] Howard [Katz] has a tough job - we all do. So, everybody out there that has a tough job. Nobody wants to hear anybody complaining about how tough your job is."