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Flacco-Smith connection doesn't work on the road


Flacco-Smith connection doesn't work on the road

Torrey Smith is the primary target for quarterback Joe Flacco when he goes down the field, and if that connection doesn't happen the Ravens' offense overall will struggle.

The Ravens are 3-2 on the road going into Sunday's game at the San Diego Chargers. They average less than 17 points per game on the road compared with more than twice that total at M&T Bank Stadium.

Smith leads the Ravens with seven touchdowns, but only one of those has come during an away game. His best road performance was four catches for 46 yards and that one touchdown at the Cleveland Browns for a 25-15 victory in Week 9.

Smith had a season-low one catch for seven yards in last week's 13-10 win at the Pittsburgh Steelers as the offense failed to produce a touchdown against the NFL's No. 1 defense. The Ravens' only touchdown came on a  63-yard punt return by Jacoby Jones.

That could spell trouble for the Ravens because defense is the Chargers' strength. They are ranked eighth in the NFL.

Flacco is a different quarterback depending on the venue. He has thrown for 299 yards or more four times this season, but all have happened at home where he averages 322.4 yards per game

In five road games, Flacco averages 176.6 yards and has thrown more interceptions (4) than touchdowns (3).

When Flacco relies heavily on slot receiver Anquan Boldin, it usually means he’s having trouble finding Smith.

Boldin had eight catches for 79 yards in the Steelers game. In Cleveland, he had five for 57. In both games he led all receivers in receptions and yards.

Flacco targeted Boldin 12 times in Pittsburgh, but he has just one touchdown reception this season that came in Week 1.

So while Boldin is a good complement to Smith, without Smith leading the way to stretch the field the points will be difficult to come by.

The 25th-ranked Ravens defense, which is second overall in takeaways, will have to create easy chances by forcing turnovers to help Flacco.

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


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.