Right now, the Bengals are what the Ravens would love to be – undefeated, leading the AFC North, with a multitude of offensive weapons.
The Bengals rolled to their sixth straight victory Sunday by beating the Bills, 34-21. Even with wide receiver A. J. Green being held to four catches for 36 yards, quarterback Andy Dalton completed passes to seven different targets.
“We have so many weapons,” Green said via the Cincinnati Enquirer. “It’s hard to double any one of us on offense. We got to keep playing and getting better because the sky’s the limit for this team.”
Green has been facing more double coverage since he went wild against the Ravens in Week 3 with 10 catches for 227 yards and two touchdowns. But that hasn’t slowed down the Bengals. Only Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers has more passing yards than Dalton, who has a higher quarterback rating (116.1) than anyone except Tom Brady of the Patriots (118.4). Hard to believe you can say “Dalton” and “MVP candidate” in the same sentence with a straight face, but you can.
The Bengals, who have a bye next weekend, have a five-game lead over the struggling Ravens. Cincinnati has beaten the Ravens five of the last six times they have played, including three straight. The Bengals are the clear team to beat in the AFC North.
The big hurdle for the Bengals is to win a playoff game with Dalton, who is 0-4 in the postseason. But the Bengals are the clear team to beat in the AFC North. And the Ravens are far in Cincinnati's rearview mirror.
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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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