The Ravens 2016 schedule includes only one game outside the eastern timezone - Week 11 at Dallas. The 2016 slate is very conducive to weekend trips for Ravens fans who enjoy supporting the team on the road. Here are the best road trip opportunities:
The Ravens go to MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey for back to back showdowns in the middle of October. The drive takes about three hours pending traffic. While technically in New Jersey, the stadium is just across the Hudson river from Manhattan. New York City is the most populous in the country, with a bevy of hotels are restaurants to choose from. Entertainment options outside of football include Broadway shows, the Statue of Liberty, Times Square and Central Park.
In terms of football, the Ravens have beaten the Giants in four of the five contests with some memorable games including the Super Bowl XXXV victory. The Ravens won the most recent matchup 33-14 in 2012, and this late season game gave the offense considerable momentum that they carried into the playoffs on the way to their second championship.
The Ravens have experienced great success against the Jets, beating them in the last eight consecutive games. But it will be a challenge bringing home another victory in the second of two road games against a team with a stout defense. The Ravens won 19-3 in their most recent contest against the Jets in 2013.
Week 14, at New England Patriots, December 12
This game is not as easy logistically, since it is a Monday Night game. Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts is about six hours from Baltimore by car and the weather could be a bad in the northeast at this time of year. But the game should be worth the hassle, since the Patriots are arguably the Ravens biggest rivals after the Steelers.
The two franchises have met four times in the playoffs since 2010, with a 2-2 split in January. The Patriots have a 7-1 advantage in regular season games, however, the games are usually close contests. The Ravens lone regular season victory was a thrilling game in 2012 where Torrey Smith scored two touchdowns hours after his brother passed away, and Justin Tucker kicked the game winning field goal as time expired.
Things to do in the Boston area include visiting Boston Common, North End or Faneuil Hall for a delicious lobster roll. Another entertainment option is catching a Celtics game at the historic Boston Garden.
Week 3, at Jacksonville Jaguars, September 25
The Ravens have an underrated rivalry with the Jaguars. Going all the way back to their time in the old AFC Central division, these franchises have played some exciting games. And a trip to sunny Florida is always nice.
EverBank field is approximately ten hours from Baltimore, a straight shot down I-95. College football aficionados can break up the drive by stopping to see Florida at Tennessee or Pittsburgh at North Carolina on Saturday the 24th. Jacksonville beach in another appealing attraction.
The Ravens will be looking for revenge after a 22-20 home loss to the Jags last season. The Jaguars hold an 11-7 advantage in the all time series between the teams. The Ravens have struggled on the road in Jacksonville over the last couple meetings, including an embarrassing 12-7 loss on Monday Night football in 2011.
Other marquee road games include at Dallas on November 20th. Dallas is too far to drive for local Ravens fans, but may be worth the flight to see AT&T Stadium. The Ravens travel to Pittsburgh on Christmas Day, making travel difficult for those celebrating the holiday. The Ravens have won five of the last seven games at Heinz Field.