If the Ravens want to reverse last year's outcome and pull out a win in San Diego, they need to do a few things in Sunday afternoon's game.
First, the defense must get to Philip Rivers and throw him off a bit. If you can't sack him, hit the QB, make his uniform dirty, make him sweat a bit. They can't let him just stand back there all day and pick the defense apart like last year. On the other hand, if Mr. Rivers gets to meet Terrell Suggs and Paul Kruger and others, the Ravens could take command of this game.
Second, this is simple but needed. Make them punt. The offense didn't kick the ball away once last year in the loss. That can't happen again if the Ravens want to beat the Chargers -- or anyone, actually.
Three, the Ravens need to find some balance on offense. If they have problems passing, the run has to make up for it. And vice-versa. The Ravens have not played well away from home this year on offense, especially with the passing game. If Joe Flacco can get that air attack going like it does at home, the Ravens should do well. Or if Ray Rice can rescue everyone with his talent-- same result.
Four, cause turnovers against an inconsistent San Diego offense. If the Ravens can force mistakes, like they did last week in Pittsburgh, it will give their offense a break and set up some easy points while stopping the Chargers.
Five, get another good game from the secondary. Yes, they're challenged due to injury problems, but the secondary's done well at times lately. But Rivers is going to be a challenge.
PREDICTION: Ravens 27, Chargers 20-- The defense will do better this time around; they won't be embarrassed again. Same with the offense.
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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