M&T Bank stadium in downtown Baltimore is consistently ranked at or near the top of the list for best gameday experience in the NFL. Enjoyable tailgating, great sight lines from every seat and a lively fanbase are just a few of the reasons why attending a game at Ravens stadium is worthwhile. The energy created when 71,000 fans cheer a momentous play simultaneous is truly exhilarating.
While the club has sold out every single game since their inception, real attendance numbers have seemingly declined slightly in recent years. This is most likely due to the Ravens relative regression, availability of high-definition television that provides better viewing than prime seats, and the rise of fantasy football with it’s companion television channel, the NFL RedZone.
Eight reasons to leave the comforts of your living room to experience Ravens football live and in person, ranked from most to least appealing:
1. Week 4, vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
Still the best rivalry in professional sports. Judging by recent meetings, we should expect a hard hitting affair, with an after the whistle skirmish or two, and a dramatic fourth quarter. This early season tilt will go a long way towards crowing the division champion.
2. Week 12, vs. Houston Texans
All eyes will be on Baltimore for this primetime Sunday night matchup between expected contenders. Featuring perhaps the two best defenses in the conference, this one should be a hard fought, low scoring contest.
3. Week 16, vs. Indianapolis Colts
Several connections here, from Indy’s nickname to former coordinator Chuck Pagano and players such as Kamar Aiken, Rashaan Melvin and John Simon. If Andrew Luck is healthy, this matchup could have serious playoff ramifications.
4. Week 2, vs. Cleveland Browns
John Harbaugh has owned the Browns (16-2) since he took over from Brian Billick. Still, these games are usually close and the home opener is always a special occasion.
5. Week 17, vs. Cincinnati Bengals
Once again, the Ravens will face the Bengals in the regular season finale. With kickoff schedule for 1:00, attending this grudge match is a great way to start your New Year’s Eve festivities.
6. Week 8, vs. Miami Dolphins
Thursday Night football often underwhelms since the players are on short rest, and therefore not at their athletic peak. This will be the fifth straight season in which these franchises have met in the regular season.
7. Week 13, vs Detroit Lions
These teams meet infrequently, but the return of Jim Caldwell provides some intrigue. Baltimore’s defense could be tested by Matthew Stafford’s passing attack.
8. Week 6, vs. Chicago Bears
With the Bears clearly in rebuilding mode, this matchup lacks much excitement. Chicago fans do travel though, so season ticket holders looking to recoup some of their investment may want to put these on the market.
Which Ravens regular season matchup are you most excited to attend?
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