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Ravens, Bears To Play In 2018 Hall Of Fame Game

February 13, 2018
The Baltimore Ravens will face the Chicago Bears in the annual preseason Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio, Aug. 2, as part of the festivities leading to the enshrinement of linebacker Ray Lewis and the rest of the 2018 Pro Football Hall of Fame class two days later. 

This will be the Ravens' first appearance in the annual Hall of Fame Game, which will give the Ravens five preseason games instead of four this season. It also means the Ravens will begin training camp a week earlier than usual to prepare for the NFL's first preseason contest. 

Lewis will be joined in the 2018 Hall of Fame class by former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher, who, like Lewis, was voted into the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. Fans of both teams are expected to flock to Canton, about 60 miles south of Cleveland, for the Enshrinement Week activities, especially with the teams scheduled to face each other in the Hall of Fame Game. 

The remainder of the class features Bobby Beathard, Robert Brazile, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Randy Moss and Terrell Owens. 

Lewis, the second Ravens player ever drafted, will join the first-ever drafted, tackle Jonathan Ogden, as Hall of Fame inductees. Ogden was inducted in 2013.

Single-game tickets for the Hall of Fame Game, and tickets for the enshrinement ceremony, go on sale Feb. 16 at Various ticket packages, featuring extra events with Hall of Famers and premium seating, are already on sale through the Hall of Fame. 

As is customary in the preseason opener, Ravens starters will likely see little-to-no action against the Bears, but it will give head coach John Harbaugh and his staff an extra game to evaluate players as they try to rebuild the roster from a team that went 9-7 in 2017 and missed the playoffs for the third straight season. The Bears beat the Ravens this past season, 27-24, in overtime at M&T Bank Stadium.  

The remainder of the Ravens' schedule will be announced this spring.

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