Could the defending Super Bowl champions open the 2013 season on the road?


url46Since the 2004 season, the NFL has showcased the defending Super Bowl champion during a weeknight home opener. But that tradition is in jeopardy this season.

Over the next three days at the NFL Annual Meetings in Phoenix, just when and where the Baltimore Ravens will kick off the 2013 season could be determined.

The Ravens, as the reigning Super Bowl champions, are supposed to host the season opener on Thursday night, Sept. 5. But the Orioles have a home game scheduled at 7:05 p.m. against the Chicago White Sox, and the Ravens and Orioles share the same parking lots.

One possible solution involves the Orioles moving their game to the afternoon to accommodate the Ravens. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell spoke with MLB commissioner Bud Selig about the matter — but they were unable to come to a resolution — according to Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun. Goodell is expected to speak on the subject with the media later on Monday.

The other solution the NFL considered was for the Ravens to play on Wednesday night, but decided against it because of the Jewish Holiday, Rosh Hashanah, according to Ryan Mink of BaltimoreRavens.com.

According to Mink, a league source said the “least desirable” option for the Ravens is to open on the road. The Ravens’ eight road contests this season are at Buffalo, Cincinnati, Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Detroit, Miami and Pittsburgh.

Last season, though, the NFL season opener between the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants was moved to a Wednesday night game to avoid a conflict with President Barack Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention.

The Ravens’ opponent has not been announced yet, but unless this issue is resolved they may very well have to go on the road to open the season. If that happens, don’t be surprised to see a rematch of last season’s AFC Divisional Round playoff game at Denver in Week One.