By Rick Ritter

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — In less than 48 hours, the Baltimore Ravens kick off their season in Denver. That makes this the first official Purple Friday here in Baltimore.

Fans flocked to Pratt Street to celebrate their team.

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WJZ’s Rick Ritter with their high hopes for the season.

Fans have been waiting eight months for a meaningful game since that heartbreaking loss to the Patriots.

Hundreds made it to the Inner Harbor for the first Purple Friday of the season.

The countdown begins after a long offseason.

“It’s been horrible, pretty boring actually,” said Ravens fan Stacey Dixon. “I’m glad the season is back.”

The Ravens are less than 48 hours out from opening kickoff in Denver on Friday.

Hundreds of fans drop in downtown for a chance to jam out, toughen up with Ravens cheerleaders and make their predictions.

“Eleven and five, exactly,” Ravens fan Joe Altman predicts.

Ravens fan Joanee Baker says Joe Flacco has: “The best demeanor, I think, out of many quarterbacks.”

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And with the return of Justin Forsett, everyone hopes the offense can get on a roll.

“If everybody comes back healthy,” said Altman, “We’ve got probably the best offensive line in football.”

But Ravens great Jamal Lewis says it starts on the other side of the ball.

“Defense,” said Lewis. “As long as they stay stout and get to the quarterback to make some plays, we’ll be good.”

Either way, the lights are shining, and Ravens nation is ready to go.

“I feel good,” said Dixon. “I feel positive about it.”

Hoping for another Super Bowl ring–exactly what the city needs.

“Especially with the Freddie Gray case going on and all,” said Ravens fan, Thomas Reinhardt, “This could bring some charm back to Charm City.”

The Ravens have lost their last two season openers. They’re bviously hoping to turn that around on Sunday.

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Don’t forget to watch the Ravens’ first regular season game, when they take on the Broncos Sunday at 4:25 p.m. on WJZ.

Rick Ritter