If you haven’t seen Ravens vs. Pittsburgh Steelers game in action, you haven’t seen the best of Baltimore. The team is coming off a great run in the NFL playoffs, the first time they’ve seen that kind of postseason action since 2014. Hotshot quarterback Lamar Jackson took over for the team in November and never looked back. They clinched the conference title for the first time since 2012, bringing tons of new fans on board the Purple Pain Train.
The Ravens roster changes quite frequently, but the new face of the team is a bright spot for fans across Charm City. Tickets for the 2019 season are expected to sell quickly after the spark of 2018 left fans yearning for more. Before jumping on the bandwagon, there are a few important things you should know. Continue reading to find everything you need to become a superfan.
History of the Baltimore Ravens
The Baltimore Ravens started from a 1996 imposed relocation from Cleveland, as Art Modell (then-owner of Cleveland Browns) announced plans to move the team to Baltimore. Rather than leave Cleveland without a team, the city kept the Browns’ records and stats for a replacement team in 1999. They currently play in the American Football Conference North division (AFC North).
The name for the Baltimore Ravens football team is steeped in local history. Famous American author Edgar Allen Poe has ties to Charm City and is even buried here. He wrote The Raven, a widely-known poem which discusses a menacing black bird. The name drew 33,000 votes during a fan contest for a team name.
Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl Championships and Division Titles
The Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl titles are cherished prizes among superfans. The team has won the top title in the NFL twice, once in 2001 vs. the New York Giants and once in 2013 vs. the San Francisco 49ers. The team has two AFC championships in those same years, which qualified them to enter the Super Bowl. Most recently, the team clinched the AFC Division North title in 2018 for a Wild Card game, which they lost to the Los Angeles Chargers.
Baltimore Ravens Roster
The Ravens roster, much like other rosters across the NFL, changes frequently as teams draft new rookies, make trades or substitute injured players. The franchise has had some of the biggest names in the NFL suit up in black-and-purple, such as Johnny Unitas, Ray Lewis, Deion Sanders, Shannon Sharpe and Ed Reed. Joe Flacco was the longstanding franchise quarterback up until this past season, when his injury sidelined him early in the season. Fans had mixed feelings about seeing him get traded to the Broncos, as he holds many of the franchise’s records. However, they are excited about the current prospects, who aim to make their notch in Baltimore history.
Breakout star quarterback Lamar Jackson was a first-round pick from Louisville in 2018. He was awarded some of the most prestigious awards during his college career, including the Heisman Trophy (2016), Walter Camp Award (2016) and Associated Press (AP) Player of the Year (2016). He played his first game in Baltimore after relieving injured Flacco and got his first start the next week. He notched 1,395 passing yards and 13 touchdowns in his first season.
The Ravens cornerback was recently voted the Most Outstanding Player for the 2018 season. He was drafted 16th overall in the 2017 NFL draft. Last season, he recorded a team-leading 15 pass deflections, two interceptions and 37 combined tackles.
Earl Thomas III
Free safety Earl Thomas III is one of the most exciting new signees for the next season. He played all nine seasons of his NFL career with the Seattle Seahawks, where he’s recorded 28 interceptions and 664 combined tackles. He signed a four-year contract with Baltimore on March 13, 2019.
The Baltimore Ravens stadium has long been the M and T Bank Stadium, which held its first season in 1998. It is located next to the Camden Yards baseball park, which is home to the city’s baseball team. It has five levels and can accommodate up to 71,000 fans for a variety of events. Aside from professional football games, the venue hosts international soccer matches, high school football championships, concerts and music festivals.
Baltimore Ravens Schedule
Want to attend a Baltimore Ravens game this upcoming season? The 2019 Ravens schedule has yet to be finalized with dates and times; it is typically set in the spring before preseason games begin. The 2019 NFL regular season begins September 5, 2019 and runs through December 29. The tentative date for Super Bowl LIV is February 2, 2020.
The franchise has released a list of all opponents that the team will face. These include:
- Pittsburgh Steelers
- Cincinnati Bengals
- Cleveland Browns
- Houston Texans
- New England Patriots
- New York Jets
- Arizona Cardinals
- San Francisco 49ers
- Buffalo Bills
- Los Angeles Rams
- Miami Dolphins
- Kansas City Chiefs
- Seattle Seahawks
Baltimore Ravens Rivals
The rivalry between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Ravens is widely considered to be the greatest and nastiest NFL rivalry of all time. When these two teams butt heads, you can expect to see fists fly and blood gush. Both teams are known for their hard-hitting defense (see: Ray Lewis) and fierce nature. The teams are division rivals, which means they play twice per year, each at home and away. When the Steelers come to town, the Flock is ready; fans tailgate from the crack of dawn as they prepare their insults and objections.
The end of the 2018 season was a personal victory for all Baltimore Ravens superfans, as a win against the Browns kept the Steelers from capturing their third straight division championship. Although Pittsburgh beat the Bengals, they needed Baltimore to lose to Cleveland. Instead, the team beat the Browns 26–24, which gave Baltimore their first AFC North championship since 2012. To add insult to injury, Steelers players and fans stayed at their stadium to watch the end of the Baltimore game on the giant screen, which was then broadcast across Charm City.
Baltimore Ravens Tickets
Baltimore Ravens tickets are expected to sell through the roof for the upcoming season. Fans can purchase both single-game and season tickets. You can buy a single-game ticket to watch a game of your choice. Alternatively, you may buy season tickets to attend all regular-season home games. Single-game ticket prices range from $100 to $500, depending on the seat location and the opponent. Season tickets range from $700 to $4,500.
Note: season ticketholders must purchase a Personal Seat License (PSL) in order to secure a seat within the stadium for season tickets. This is a separate cost from the cost of season tickets.