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Flacco posts big red zone numbers

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Flacco posts big red zone numbers

In this stats-crazy world that football fans live in, theres numbers available for just about any situations. If theres a stat you cant find, its probably because you just didnt look hard enough.
Some of the stats seem a bit silly to me, but occasionally ones come up that are very interesting and say something. Like the one that popped up recently which showed that quarterback Joe Flacco has thrown 31 touchdowns but no interceptions in the red zone in the past two seasons.
No matter which way you like at those numbers, theyre pretty impressive. Its easy to say that Flaccos not a Kenny Stabler-type of quarterback (or Brett Favre, for the younger readers), a guy who loves to roll the dice and isnt afraid to throw into double-coverage.

Flaccos careful with what he does. He wont gamble that much, but the quarterback wants to get results in a good way, something he talked about when speaking with the media after practice recently.
Youve got to be smart in the red zone, and you want to score points, Flacco said. You really want to score touchdowns. When you get down there, you have to put the ball in the end zone in this league. In this era of football, you really have to put touchdowns on the board as much as you can.
But Flacco said hes not sure where the 31 TDs stacks up compared to others. The key, as he also said, is the zero turnovers.
When the Ravens are getting close to the goal line, these numbers mean theyre getting something, which is crucial in the pass-happy NFL. The Ravens won the Super Bowl in 2000 by living heavily off field goals and the ability of Matt Stover on offense.
But that wont be good enough any more. The game is changing, and points are needed. Thats why the 31 TDs compared to zero picks is impressive.
The biggest thing for me is Id like to see that grow and having 60 touchdowns and no picks so that we can put even more points on the board and put more pressure on the other teams offense, get more turnovers and things like that, he said.

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Ravens lower concession prices at M&T Bank Stadium ahead of 2018 season

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Ravens lower concession prices at M&T Bank Stadium ahead of 2018 season

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. 

Introducing our new Flock Friendly Fare!

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Vegas odds against Lamar Jackson starting for Ravens in 2018

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Vegas odds against Lamar Jackson starting for Ravens in 2018

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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