After passing on three prime-time opportunities earlier this season, the Ravens are finally breaking out their black jerseys against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.
The team announced Tuesday they will their alternate tops for the first time this season as the Ravens own a 9-2 record all-time in their black jerseys. Their only two losses wearing the secondary look came against the Indianapolis Colts in 2005 and the New England Patriots in 2007.
Given the Steelers’ primary color, it’s an interesting choice to see the Ravens wear their black jerseys against Pittsburgh, which is something they had never done in the history of the franchise. Of course, all bets might be off after the Steelers used their hideous bumblebee throwbacks two weeks ago.
It has yet to be determined whether the Ravens will wear white or black pants to go with the alternate jerseys, according to a team official.
Baltimore wore its black jerseys against the New York Jets and San Francisco 49ers in night games played at M&T Bank Stadium last season. The Ravens wore their black pants in a true “blackout” against New York but wore the white ones in the Thanksgiving game against the 49ers.
Sunday will mark the first time the Ravens have donned the alternate look since the NFL switched its on-field apparel manufacturer from Reebok to Nike beginning this season.