- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 15, 2009

BALTIMORE | The Baltimore Ravens will play three games in prime time during the 2009 season, including a Sunday night duel against the defending Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers at home on Thanksgiving weekend.

The rematch of last year's AFC championship game will occur Sunday night, Nov. 29 at M&T Bank Stadium, according to the schedule released Tuesday night.

Baltimore also plays Monday night games at Cleveland (Nov. 16) and Green Bay (Dec. 7).

“We like the schedule, especially for our fans,” Ravens president Dick Cass said. “Seven of our eight regular-season home games are scheduled for 1 p.m. … And we know the fans will be excited to have the Steelers come here for a prime-time game.”

The Ravens open at home against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sept. 13, then travel to San Diego before hosting the Browns. In October, trips to New England and Minnesota are sandwiched around a home game against Cincinnati, and the month concludes with the off week (Oct. 25).

In November, Baltimore plays host Denver, then faces AFC North foes Cincinnati and Cleveland on the road before hosting Indianapolis and Pittsburgh.

After launching December in Green Bay, Baltimore is at home against NFC North foes Detroit and Chicago before finishing with two road games - Pittsburgh (Dec. 27) and Oakland (Jan. 3).

The Ravens knew months ago who was on the schedule. They were able to fill in the rest of the blanks Tuesday night.

“We knew who we were going to play, and the schedule now gives us dates we can target,” coach John Harbaugh said. “Our focus since the end of last season is to keep finding ways to get better. That's what we're doing now. We'll be ready when the regular season starts against the Chiefs, and we'll keep working so that we'll be even better when December comes.”

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