For one, there’s a good chance that we’re going to get our first look at Lamar Jackson. Although the Ravens have made it clear that Joe Flacco will be the team’s starting quarterback this season, Flacco likely won’t be playing against the Bears, which means we should see a heavy dose of Jackson and his electrifying skills.
During an interview this week, Jackson sounded a lot like he was expecting to play. The first-round pick said he wanted to use the Hall of Fame game to prove to America that he’s “a quarterback.”
“And just show the growth from college to my new chapter,” Jackson said.
Besides Jackson, the Ravens also have another intriguing option at quarterback in Robert Griffin III, who you might remember more as the the last quarterback to lead the Browns to a win. Although we’ll likely see both of those players in action, Ravens coach John Harbaugh wouldn’t reveal any details about who he plans to play in the game, despite knowing exactly who he plans to play.
“We have that set,” Harbaugh said of the QB plans for the Hall of Fame game, via the AP. “I never really talk about that. We just go do it. But we have the quarterback rotation set, and then we’ll organize the rest of it … There’ll be some guys who won’t play in that game, probably you might guess the guys who haven’t practiced as much that first week.”
So why should you be excited for the Hall of Fame game?
Because Aston Kutcher’s excited.
Why Ravens vs. Bears
Finally, if you’re wondering why the Bears and Ravens were picked to play in the Hall of Fame game, there’s an answer for that. The NFL generally picks two teams that both have a connection to Hall of Fame weekend, which made Chicago and Baltimore the perfect choices for 2018. Not only will the two teams be squaring off Thursday, but if fans stick around, they’ll be able to see one former legend from each team enshrined into the Hall of Fame on Saturday.
How to watch
What: Baltimore Ravens vs. Chicago Bears
When: Thursday, Aug. 2, 8 p.m. ET
Where: Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, Canton, Ohio
Play-by-play: Al Michaels
Color analyst: Cris Collinsworth
Online: NFL Game Pass and NBCSports.com and fuboTV