Ravens offensivecoordinator Cam Cameron is the architect of the league's No. 2 offense at themoment, with the Ravens averaging 424.0 yards a game. That is topped only byNew England (438.3).But if you thinkCameron is sitting back in his easy chair and figuring all is well, thinkagain."All ourguys would agree, we have not played our best offensive football yet,"Cameron said in his weekly news conference on Thursday. "We haven't playedas well as we're gonna play, and we think we're an improving offense."And first thingsfirst: Cameron said the Ravens need to do a better job of gaining yardage onfirst down. He pointed outthat against the Browns, the Ravens 13 times faced second-and-10-or-more. Inthe first three games, the Ravens had averaged eight such plays. Coaches like torefer to a 'schedule' in a drive. First-and-10 should, at worst, lead tosecond-and-medium and then third-and-short. Get the yardage, move the chains.
But when anoffense misfires on a first-down pass, or commits a first-down penalty,suddenly it is staring at second-and-long. "If we canstay on schedule, first and second down, so that we're third and manageable,we're going to be in pretty good shape, as most teams would be," Cameronsaid. Cameron said that against Cleveland, though, the Ravens had a half-dozen second-and-10plays, "a second-and-13, a second-and-14, a second-and-19, asecond-and-17, and you really don't score many points or win a lot of gameswhen you're doing that."That could be abig reason that the Ravens, despite having the league's No. 2 offense, rank22nd in third-down conversion at 34.8 percent."If we canjust eliminate the false starts, eliminate the penalties, eliminate those kindsof things, really unforced errors, that's the area we can improve in themost.""You can'tstop yourself first," Cameron added. "Defenses are going to stop youon occasion. You got to make sure you're not stopping yourself first."
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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