Ravens Ask for a Later Bye; Not After Their Week Three Game in London

The 2017 NFL regular-season schedule is set to come out in the next week to 10 days, and we already know that the Ravens are set to play in London in the 2017 season.

Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Ravens are talking to the league about moving their bye week, so they can have it later in the season and not in week four.

When looking at NFL Betting, the Ravens are likely to be favorites as they take on the Jacksonville Jaguars in Wembley Stadium in week three, a game that will be played on Sunday, September 24th.

Ravens president Dick Cass confirmed that the team has asked the league not to give the team their bye following the game in London, a game that is likely to be ugly based on how a lot of the games in London play out with the teams having major issues dealing with the time change and spending the week across the pond.

Teams that have played in London have traditionally gotten the next week off because of the travel demands playing overseas. However, the Indianapolis Colts requested to not have a Week Five bye last year after their Oct. 24 game against the Jaguars in London. Their request was granted and the Colts beat the Chicago Bears, 29-23, the following week.

A Week Four bye is the earliest break a team can have in the NFL. Teams prefer to have their week off closer to the midpoint because it helps break the season up and it provides a boost for a potential playoff run.

The Ravens’ matchup with the Jaguars will mark their first overseas game. Cass told The Sun last month that the Ravens recently sent 12 members of the organization to London to finalize where the team will stay and practice during its time in London.

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