Even though John Harbaugh has plenty to worry about with his own team, the Ravens coach can’t help but notice Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III.
“You get so focused on your opponent you really don’t know other than from the little news that we see how he’s doing,” Harbaugh said Monday about his opponent next week. “Being here in the area, of course, you get a little more of that. We’ve been following from afar a little bit and very impressed.”
The Redskins, who played Monday night vs. the New York Giants, are battling for a playoff spot in the NFC East.
The Ravens (9-3) are coming off a 23-20 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, though they're still in control of the AFC North with a two-game lead over their rival.
Aside from Harbaugh's team playing in a stadium that is less than an hour away from the Redskins’ FedEx Field, he is familiar with Griffin, a rookie who won the Heisman Trophy last season out of Baylor, for another reason.
Griffin was taken second overall in the 2012 NFL draft, behind Andrew Luck, a Heisman finalist from Stanford. Luck is with the Indianapolis Colts, passing for 3,596 yards and 17 TDs. Griffin entered Monday with 2,497 yards passing for 16 TDs, 642 yards rushing for 6 TDs.
“I knew of him because my brother recruited him four years ago at Stanford,” he said of Jim Harbaugh, who now is coach of the San Francisco 49ers. “He had recruited both Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III, both out of Houston. Both 4.0 students by the way. They were Stanford guys."
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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