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Botched ending keeps Cowboys from completing win


Botched ending keeps Cowboys from completing win

IRVING, Texas (AP) For all the Dallas Cowboys did right, they botched the ending.

After recovering an onside kick and benefiting from a pass interference call, the Cowboys were at the Baltimore 34 with 26 seconds left and a timeout remaining.

From there, they managed only a 1-yard pass play before Dan Bailey missed a 51-yard field goal attempt.

``We left too much meat on the bone there. We needed to get more than 1 yard when we had one timeout and 26 seconds,'' coach Jason Garrett said Monday after reviewing the 31-29 road loss against the Ravens.

``It starts with the play call that I had and then it really goes from there.''

There should have been plenty of time to try to get a few extra yards.

Instead, on a play when Miles Austin and Kevin Ogletree had vertical routes on opposite sides of the field, Tony Romo threw a 1-yard pass to Dez Bryant.

With precious seconds ticking away, Bryant appeared to be urging the referee for a better spot while Ogletree and Austin showed no apparent urgency with only slow jogs to get back to the line for another play.

``I know Miles and I both feel bad about what happened, because we know the outcome,'' Ogletree said. ``We know we missed the field goal and how close that was and how precious yardage was at the end of the day. So getting back to the line of scrimmage, maybe getting the play called, I think this will all be great for us going forward in learning a lesson.''

Austin declined to talk to reporters in the locker room Monday, refusing even when asked to offer any explanation about what happened.

Garrett said the receivers have to understand the situation and get back to the line as quickly as possible. But Garrett said coaches also have to communicate things better, and it has to be communicated better in the huddle as well.

``This is not an excuse. It's not an explanation. But crowd noise can be a factor in that,'' Garrett said. ``It starts with me.''

This was the third time in the past 10 games that the Cowboys had time management issues at the end of games that were losses.

With everything out of whack in Baltimore, the timeout was finally called with 6 seconds left to set up the field goal attempt. Bailey's kick had enough distance, but drifted just left of the upright.

Garrett spent more than 11 minutes Monday, the first portion of his media briefing, discussing how the final half-minute played out in Baltimore.

The Cowboys (2-3) scored on Romo's 4-yard touchdown to Bryant with 36 seconds left. But Bryant, who had 13 catches for 95 yards and two scores, couldn't make the play for a tying 2-point conversion.

Dallas recovered an onside kick, and Ogletree drew a pass interference penalty on first play. That stopped the clock and moved the ball 20 yards to the Ravens 34 before the 1-yard gain to Bryant.

``We had tried to work on these situations a number of different times with our team (in practice),'' Garrett said. ``We didn't respond well enough to that situation, getting back quickly enough or using the timeout and changing the circumstances in dealing with that type of situation.''

Ogletree said the team has rehearsed similar scenarios and that they are ``a major emphasis right now just because of how that went.''

The ending spoiled what had been a solid performance for the team, and what Garrett called a lot of positive things to build on moving on in the season.

The Cowboys rolled up 481 total yards, their most in two years, including 227 yards on 42 rushing attempts. They ran 79 offensive plays, matching the most in a single game in franchise history.

And still, they lost for the third time in four games since their season-opening win at the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants. Dallas plays Sunday at Carolina.

``We make it abundantly clear that there are no such things as moral victories,'' Garrett said. ``This is a bottom-line business and we need to win ball games.''

Notes: RB DeMarco Murray had an MRI on his sprained left foot, but Garrett said they were still trying to determine the extent of the injury. ... CB Mike Jenkins, who missed the offseason and training camp because of his surgically repaired right shoulder, had an MRI on that shoulder after getting banged up in Baltimore. ... DT Sean Lissemore had a walking boot on his sprained right ankle and will miss some time.


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Ravens lower concession prices at M&T Bank Stadium ahead of 2018 season


Ravens lower concession prices at M&T Bank Stadium ahead of 2018 season

Enjoying a game at M&T Bank Stadium just became a little more affordable.

On Thursday, the Ravens introduced their new "Flock Friendly Fare," reducing the price of 21 of their most popular food and beverage items.  

The change comes as the organization focuses on revamping the fan experience in 2018. Fans will see an average of 33 percent in total savings and up to 53 percent savings on a single item.  

"As a lot of you probably know, after every game we survey fans to see how we're doing; what have we done well and what have we not done well. Over the years, one of the biggest criticisms we received was for the gameday concessions prices," Ravens President Dick Cass said on the team's website

Alcoholic beverages were all reduced by $1 with the addition of domestic 12 ounce beer for $5.

Chicken tenders with fries went from $11 to $7, while a slice of pizza went from $8.50 to $6. No single item will cost above $9.

On average, you will now be able to feed a family of four for $44 compared to $66.75 in years past. To see all of the reductions, click the arrow in the post below. 

In 2017, the Atlanta Falcons reduced their concession prices upon opening their brand new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Ravens, however, are expecting to lose $1.5 million in concession revenue due to the change. 

Introducing our new Flock Friendly Fare!

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Vegas odds against Lamar Jackson starting for Ravens in 2018

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Vegas odds against Lamar Jackson starting for Ravens in 2018

Vegas has spoken and they are not optimistic about rookie Lamar Jackson starting under center for the Ravens in 2018.

Bovado, an online gambling site, has set the odds on how the top 2018 rookies will perform and they have Jackson getting 0.5 starts this season.

That number will come as a surprise considering the popular narrative that Lamar Jackson will be the Ravens' starter in no time. The team made it clear they are planning for life after Flacco when they traded back into the first-round of the 2018 draft to select the quarterback out of Louisville at No. 32

Flacco - who is entering his 11th season with the organization - is experiencing a decline in his performance of late, one that can not be put entirely on his shoulders as the team has failed in finding him valuable weapons to throw to. Nonetheless, Flacco's projected 2018 season is very much up in the air and it appears Vegas is betting on the one-time Super Bowl MVP to bounce back. 

However, the Ravens have failed to make the playoffs four of the last five seasons, and if that trend continues into 2018, the rookie could get his shot at flipping the script.

If you're a betting man, it could payoff to bet the over on Jackson. Low risk, seemingly high reward.