Because the Baltimore Orioles weren’t willing to move their September 5 game against the White Sox, we already knew that the Ravens were going to be the first defending champ to play on the road since the NFL instituted its recent tradition of having the Super Bowl winners host the season opening kickoff game, typically on a Thursday, though it was moved to Wednesday last year because of the Democratic convention.

Now we know, thanks to Jason La Confora scooping the full schedule release this evening, that the Ravens will travel to Denver, the site of their improbable comeback win in the playoffs back in January. The Ravens and the Broncos played twice in 2012, with the Broncos winning handily in the regular season meeting and the Ravens eking out an overtime win in the playoff rematch. Baltimore’s roster will look dramatically different, with the addition of former Broncos linebacker Elvis Dumervil an obvious storyline. It’ll also be the first regular season game with Wes Welker in a Broncos uniform. Now that Baltimore will have someone other than old-ass Ray Lewis trying to patrol the middle of the field, Baltimore might be somewhat better equipped to stop him.

Looking at the list of the Ravens’ 2013 road opponents, this certainly made the most sense for primetime appeal. Just be happy it isn’t the Steelers the Ravens are playing, because God knows how much Baltimore fans would have bitched about that. Also, this is easily a better matchup.