The interest in the Ravens vs. Chargers is waning, at least in San Diego, and coach Norv Turner could soon be gone after six seasons.
Sunday’s game won’t be televised, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune, in southern California because more than 9,000 general tickets remained unsold at Thursday's 1:05 p.m. deadline.
That means this season’s second blackout for the Chargers, who are second in the AFC West but only 4-6. They’ve lost five of their last six games.
The NFL requires all teams to sell out their home games 72 hours before kickoff, or the game isn't broadcast within a 75-mile radius of the stadium and in areas whose television signals reach that 75-mile zone.
The Chargers have been disappointing so far. Quarterback Phillip Rivers has committed 18 turnovers for an offense that has fallen to No. 23 in the NFL.
Turner, who has been in San Diego since 2007, has never had a losing season but patience appears to be wearing thin with the team’s inconsistency and inability to advance deep into the playoffs.
"I’ve been doing this a long time, and if you worry about rumors then you’re going to really struggle," Turner said. "We have an outstanding staff. … We have a system that we go by, and we have a plan every week. If you stick with that, I don’t think you can get caught up in things outside that are being said that really are out of your control."
The Ravens (8-2) lead the AFC North.
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.
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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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