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Brown: Ravens should stick with Clausen

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Brown: Ravens should stick with Clausen

At this point, the Ravens have more to gain starting Jimmy Clausen at quarterback than Matt Schaub.

This isn’t an endorsement for Clausen to be Joe Flacco’s backup next season, at least not yet. But it’s a desire to see more from Clausen, to see if the Ravens need to go shopping for a backup quarterback during the offseason, or if Clausen can handle the job.

Following Sunday’s blowout loss to the Seahawks, Ravens coach John Harbaugh wasn’t ready to name the starting quarterback for Week 15 against the Chiefs.

“I don’t know right now,” Harbaugh said. “We’ll see. We’ll evaluate it going forward I guess is the answer, sure.”

However, Harbaugh did have this to say about Clausen’s performance (23 for 40, 274 yards, no touchdowns, one interception) against the Seahawks.

“It seemed like he did pretty well,” Harbaugh said. “He operated. He has been here for two weeks. I though he did a nice job getting us in and out of plays. We did a lot at the line with him –- that was the game plan. He handled it well…

“I thought he made some good throws. (There were) probably some throws that he would want back. But, going in there, in that situation, and to be under fire like that, against the defense that we were playing, it speaks very well for him. I’m excited for him.”

Sticking with Clausen might seem unfair to Schaub, if Schaub (chest injury) is healthy enough to play against the Chiefs. However, Schaub threw four interceptions during his two starts, including two pick-sixes. Schaub’s problem with committing key turnovers clearly has not been solved. If the Ravens brought Schaub back next season, they would risk seeing more if his throws being brought back for touchdowns.

Clausen is six years younger than the 34 year-old Schaub, and Clausen is more mobile. Clausen showed good arm strength Sunday, with three completions that went for more than 30 yards. Clausen is also familiar with Ravens offensive coordinator Marc Trestman’s system, from their time together with the Bears.

While the Ravens hope Flacco makes a quick recovery from knee surgery, there is no guarantee Flacco will be ready by Week 1 next season. At the very least, next year’s backup will have to take plenty of snaps during training camp and preseason as Flacco progresses.

Giving the Clausen the ball over the last three games gives the Ravens a chance to see more of what he’s got. If Clausen struggles, the Ravens will know he’s not their backup next season. But if Clausen plays well, at least one of the many questions facing the Ravens could be answered.

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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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