Harbaugh Jokes About Ravens Rare Prime-Time Appearance

Baltimore faces New England on a Week 9 Sunday night matchup
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The Baltimore Ravens make their 2019 prime-time debut Week 9 against the New England Patriots on Sunday night at M&T Bank Stadium.

Baltimore has been previously passed over despite making the playoffs last season as the AFC North champions.

Conversely, the Ravens divisional foes have gotten more exposure with the national games.

The Cleveland Browns have already appeared in three prime-time games -- Weeks 2, 3 and 5 -- and have another one in Week 11 against Pittsburgh. 

The Steelers had four night games -- Weeks 1, 4, 6 and 8 -- and then the Week 11 matchup against Cleveland.

Even the winless Cincinnati Bengals had a Monday night game against the Steelers in Week 4.  

Ravens coach John Harbaugh half-jokingly said it will be an adjustment from playing in the afternoon, compared to the evening.

"I guess you could practice at night, but we play at night in the preseason," he said. "We haven’t had a night game, yet. A lot of teams … We haven’t had a primetime game yet, so, it’ll be new for us. The Patriots, obviously, are well-versed in that. It’ll be new for us. We’ll just have to figure it out.”

Baltimore has two more prime-time matchup this season -- Week 12 at the Los Angeles Rams and Week 15 against the visiting New York Jets. 

The Ravens and Patriots are being viewed as a marquee matchup with national interest. The game represents the old guard of the NFL in Tom Brady against a new-generation playmaker with Lamar Jackson. 

The Patriots are favored by 3.5-points -- their lowest point-spread of the season. 

"It’s exciting. It’s the National Football League, and they’re all exciting," Harbaugh said. "You only get to play 16 [games], so to say that any of them aren’t exciting is definitely not true, for the players and the coaches, because they’re just so valuable. Any player or coach would tell you that. Then, these are even more exciting. To your point, it’s even more exciting because you’re playing the defending champs."