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Brown: Ravens can't abandon throwing deep ball

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Brown: Ravens can't abandon throwing deep ball

SAN JOSE, Calif. – The Ravens shouldn’t concede they don’t have a deep passing game anymore, just because they don’t have a healthy Breshad Perriman, their fastest wide receiver.

Deep passes need to be part of their game plan. Not just Sunday against the Raiders, but from this point forward.

Joe Flacco attempted just one pass longer than 20 yards during a Week 1 loss in Denver. That’s like taking a Ferrari on the freeway and doing 55.

Flacco has one of the best arms in football. Let him use it. Challenge cornerbacks. Stretch the defense. Flacco said as much after Wednesday’s practice in California, and he was right.

“We need to take our shots,” Flacco said. “If nothing else, and least let teams know we’re going to do that and have the confidence in ourselves in doing that.

“It’s tough to maintain 15-play drives consistently and score points, so we’re going to have that as part of our game.”

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It’s time for a more aggressive game plan from new offensive coordinator Marc Trestman. The Ravens are still looking for their first offensive touchdown of the season. They are ranked 32nd offensively in the league through Week 1, dead last.

Not an impressive Ravens debut for Trestman. But the responsibility to crank up the offense doesn’t just fall on the play calling. It’s on the offensive line to protect Flacco better. It’s on the Ravens’ pass-catchers to win more battles when the ball is in the air. And it’s on Flacco to throw the ball more accurately.

Perriman didn’t practice Wednesday, and it’s still unclear when he’s coming back from his knee injury. The Ravens can’t afford to wait on Perriman to get to the deep passing chapters in their playbook.

Flacco must take occasional shots downfield to Steve Smith, Marlon Brown, and Kamar Aiken this Sunday. None of them are as fast as Perriman. But even if they don’t get separation, give them a chance to win jump balls. Perhaps draw a pass interference penalty. And stretching the Raiders’ defense should create more room for receivers to work underneath routes.

“I don’t think we’re going to have that guy right now that’s going to run by guys five times a game, but we definitely have guys that can run crossing routes and be hit 30 yards downfield and can run double moves downfield, things like that. That’s what we’re going to have to do.”

If the Ravens play as poorly offensively in Week 2 as they did in Week 1, they are capable of losing Sunday at Oakland. That would make the Ravens 0-2 for first time under John Harbaugh. And that would make this opening road trip West a colossal failure, especially when you consider that linebacker Terrell Suggs (Achilles injury) has already been lost for the season.

The Ravens have already gone West. On Sunday, it’s time for their offense to go deep a little more often.

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

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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. 

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