The NFL will release the 2013 schedule tonight at 8 (ET) and “all signs” are pointing to the season beginning with the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens playing at the Denver Broncos.

Baltimore will not be able to host the kickoff game because of a conflict with the Orioles schedule in Major League Baseball. So, that sends the Ravens on the road in Week 1 and Mike Klis of the Denver Post reports the game is likely to be a rematch of the AFC playoff meeting on Thursday, Sept. 5, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

The Ravens prevailed 38-35 over the Broncos in double overtime on Jan. 12 in Denver to advance to the AFC Championship Game and then the Super Bowl. The Ravens now have linebacker Elvis Dumervil, who departed Denver after his contract situation with the Broncos unraveled because of delayed paperwork by his ex-agent. So, storylines will abound on both sides.

We’ll see how the schedule shakes out tonight.
 

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