It was a rarity for the Ravens to be at M&T Bank Stadium on a Monday night, even though it was just practice.
The Ravens have only had one Monday night home game the past eight years. Over the past 10 seasons, the Ravens have played an NFL-high 12 Monday night road games, while playing just three Monday night home games during that span. Their last Monday night game was in 2012 against the Bengals.
In 2015, the Ravens don’t have a home Monday night game – again. The Ravens have two Monday night games on the road – at Arizona (Week 7), and at Cleveland (Week 12).
Coach John Harbaugh was reminded of that after Monday night’s practice, and warmed to the subject.
“If you look at the numbers, Monday night is valuable,” Harbaugh said. “It’s hard to travel, it’s hard to come back the next week and play. You’re looking at a tough schedule. We have two Monday nights (on the road). “In the end, you have to go play when they tell you. And we’re going to go play, we’re going to show up. We’ll be there whether it’s 8:27 on Monday night or 1 o’clock on Sunday afternoon. We will be at every single game, I promise you that.”
It’s difficult to look at the Ravens’ 2015 schedule and not consider it particularly challenging. They open with two road games, at Denver and at Oakland. They play five of their first seven on the road. That is part of the reason why the Ravens decided to stay out West between Weeks 1 and 2, and between Weeks 6 and 7, when they play at San Francisco and Arizona respectively. The majority of players wanted to reduce the bi-coastal trips.
If the Ravens don’t dig a hole in September and October, they could reap huge benefits, playing six of their last nine games at home. But there will be no Monday night home games for the Ravens in 2015. That’s something they've grown accustomed to.