OWINGS MILLS – Ravens coach John Harbaugh is confident his players will avoid trouble during their bye weekend. The players will be off from Thursday through Sunday, and many are leaving town. As the players huddled following Wednesday’s practice, Harbaugh said he felt everyone was departing with the right mindset.
“We mentioned it,” Harbaugh said. “It wasn’t like a big, long lecture, but it was a message, and we all agreed that we would take care of our business and stay out of trouble. Everybody’s in full agreement on that. I have their word on that, and I’ll be expecting them to follow through on it. Seriously, I don’t expect anything to happen with our guys.”
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This has been a difficult season for the Ravens (2-6), but not off the field. No Ravens player been arrested since March, when running back Bernard Pierce was arrested for DUI. The Ravens released Pierce within hours after his arrest, and he was signed by the Jaguars.
The 2013 offseason was a low point for the Ravens, with numerous off-field incidents, most notably Ray Rice’s domestic violence situation that led to his suspension and release. But Harbaugh said he was not worried about getting any late-night phone calls during the bye. He trusts the off-field habits of this year’s team.
“We have a bunch of guys that (we) have full faith and confidence in that they’ll make the right choices and do the right thing,” Harbaugh said. “If somebody stubs his toe, then obviously there are always consequences of some kind for that.”
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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