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Monday, March 18, 2013
Kraft expects Patriots to open in Baltimore

By Field Yates

The NFL is currently weighing its options on where its season opening game on Sept. 5 will be played, as was previously noted in this space.

The league has a decade-long tradition of the defending Super Bowl champion opening up the season at home on a Thursday night, and the Patriots would seem like a logical choice to travel to Baltimore to take on the Ravens if a resolution can be struck.

That expectation is shared by Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who told the team's official website that he'd be "surprised" if the Patriots don't open the season in Baltimore on that Thursday night.

One potential road block is a scheduling conflict with the Baltimore Orioles, who are scheduled to play a night game on Sept. 5.

We're expecting to hear a decision from the league at some point this week on the season opener, and Kraft would relish the opportunity for the Patriots to be a part of it in a rematch of last season’s AFC Championship game (won by Baltimore, 28-13).

"It would be so exciting for our organization, our fans, if we could open up there," he said. "And hopefully have the right result this time."