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Flacco's passing sparks offense

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Flacco's passing sparks offense

Theres no question that the Ravens are relying much more on the passing game this season, and the strong performance of quarterback Joe Flacco has been a big reason for its success.
Flacco made a number of key plays in Thursdays 23-16 victory over the Browns. He completed 28 of 46 passes for 356 yards. He threw for one touchdown and kept the Ravens moving throughout much of the game as Baltimore improved to 3-1 this season.
Flacco threw one interception, which came in the end zone in the first half. That play ended a streak of 125 consecutive red zone passes without an interception. The last one came back on Dec. 7, 2009 in Green Bay. But Flacco didnt let that bother him.
Its just one of those things, Flacco said. It happens. You have to shake it off, and a lot of time was left in the game. You cant let it affect you too much.
And he didnt. Flacco kept the offense rolling throughout as the Ravens again relied heavily on the air attack. They passed the ball 46 times and ran on 27 plays and took what the Browns gave him -- which wasn't always easy to do.
I think we tried to run the ball a little bit early, and they did a good job coming after us and kind of stopping us for a yard here and a yard there, no gain, Flacco said. I think we were able to get some quick game going, and that was really what was hitting them. Theyre a good defense. Its tough to just get out there and take chunks of yards at a time. You have to be smart about it, and thats just the way the game played out today.
The Browns made it tough for Flacco at times. They stacked the box and often had good coverage that forced the quarterback to fit some balls into very small spaces, several times in between a number of Cleveland players.
Anquan Boldin finished with nine catches for 131 yards. Ray Rice added eight catches for 47 yards, and Torrey Smith caught six passes for 97 yards and one touchdown to spark the offense.
I thought the guys did a good job of making catches for him, Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. Joe was throwing the ball into tight spots with tremendous accuracy.
The Browns got some pressure on Flacco, sacking him four times. But when Flacco got some time to throw, he often found open receivers, and that proved crucial to the Baltimore offense.
Flacco is comfortable in the pocket, slinging the ball down the field and making some big plays, said Browns defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin. Next time, we have to make sure that we get to him and put him on the ground.

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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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