The Ravens' defense won't have to worry about Ben Roethlisberger this weekend. Instead, they'll have to deal with Byron Leftwich.
Leftwich was an NFL starter who lost his job and never has made it all the way back to a starting role. He's from Washington originally and has a tremendous arm but doesn't move around as well as Big Ben-- and that's something which will help the Baltimore defense.
One thing that Roethlisberger does which helps the Pittsburgh offense is the way he moves around and can keep plays alive. It's not even scrambling. He just knows how to move around in the pocket, around the pocket and the line of scrimmage and make plays. That's his signature and something the quarterback will always be remembered for.
Leftwich has a big arm and can throw the ball long, hard and far. The question is how much time -- if any -- he'll need to adjust to running the team again since it's been awhile since he's started. In fact, Leftwich has started just five games since the 2006 season. He began his career as a starter with Jacksonville in 2003-5, but Leftwich has been a a back-up since.
During the past three seasons, including 2012, Leftwich has thrown only 21 passes in games. He's a good quarterback to have as a back-up because he's big and experience and knows the NFL.
But he also could be the kind of quarterback which might help the Ravens' pass rush. There's some similarities to Carson Palmer, the Oakland starter from last weekend, as Leftwich will not run much. He'll go back in the pocket and stay there, which could help guys like Terrell Suggs have some fun.
Coach John Harbaugh's defense will try to put extra pressure on Leftwich, since he's been on the sideline for so long. How he adjusts to being on the field is going to be one of the biggest parts of Sunday night's game.
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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