The strength of the Ravens' defense is supposed to be in the secondary, but they have yet to perform to an elite level.
That's by design, according to coach John Harbaugh, who emphasized too much shouldn't be read into Falcons receiver Julio Jones and the Lions' Calvin Johnson having field days.
Cary Williams, who rejected a three-year offer from the Ravens and opted to sign a one-year tender earlier in the week, has been a frequent target. Rookie Jimmy Smith had a rough outing vs. Johnson as well.
"I don't read too much into great receivers making plays in the preseason, because we are just playing. We are lining up and matching guys up one-on-one," Harbaugh said. "There is no game plan involved in what we're doing now. We didn't roll over top of Calvin Johnson. We didn't roll over top in Atlanta of any receiver. We didn't mix our coverages at all. We just put those guys out there and let them play. ... We just want to develop our technique."
Veteran safety Ed Reed was particularly unhappy with his play in the Lions game and how they defended Johnson.
"I didn't think I played very well. Talking to (Lardarius) Webb, he didn't think he played very well," Reed said. "They moved him around a good bit is what I noticed early. That way you can't really get a bead on him. Makes it hard to double him."
The defensive line hasn't been able to generate much pressure on opposing quarterbacks either, which has made one-on-one coverage even more difficult.
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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