Ravens and Redskins to face off in preseason

OWINGS MILLS - The Baltimore Ravens are about to renew a fierce rivalry. After trading nasty comments through the press in recent years and conducting a brief marketing war, the Ravens and the Washington Redskins are about to compete on the field again. Although specific dates for the Ravens' preseason schedule hasn't been finalized, the Ravens and Redskins will play the week of Aug. 21-25 at FedEx Field.

The Ravens complained about having to pay for parking during a preseason game at FedEx Field during the 2000 season, and having to commandeer a golf cart for owner Art Modell to ride toward the stadium.

Both teams have a history of intruding on each others' designated market by aggressively attempting to sell tickets. It's been relatively peaceful in recent years.

The Ravens open their preseason against the Buffalo Bills before a road trip to Atlanta, which features quarterback Michael Vick, before the Redskins' contest and a home game against the New York Giants on Labor Day weekend. Actual dates are supposed to be set by the time the league announces the regular-season schedule in early April.

"It's great to get a game with the Redskins," said Ravens president David Modell, whose club travels to play the Redskins in the 2004 regular season. "We hope the league schedules that every summer. A game like that gives the preseason an extra kick.

"It gives the fans something to talk about and have some fun with. The NFL is making an effort to include some regional rivalries in the preseason, and they've accomplished that with this game."

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