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Harbaugh puts brakes on up-tempo offense

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Harbaugh puts brakes on up-tempo offense

The no-huddle, at least on the road, could be slowing down.

After the Ravens were blown out 43-13, coach John Harbaugh admitted they got away from the run too early -- abandoning Ray Rice -- and that adjustments must be made going into the bye week.

"We're probably in the process of determining exactly what we're going to be able to do, on the road, in a tough environment against a really, really good team," said Harbaugh, who has to take his team for its first AFC North road game at the Cleveland Browns on Nov. 4. "How we're going to have to balance out run and pass? How we're going to have to balance out up-tempo and no-huddle? The communication, the check-with-me's at the line, what's realistic for us to be able to accomplish. And what's the best way to go win a football game.

"So when you push the envelope like we're pushing it a little bit, sometimes it pushes back. To me that's part of the growth process."

The Ravens ran Rice three times on the first drive for 27 yards in Houston, including their longest play from scrimmage for 17.

Then from the Texans' 38, Flacco threw three consecutive incomplete passes to Ed Dickson, Torrey Smith and Dennis Pitta and had to settle for a 51-yard field goal from Justin Tucker.

On their second and third possessions, Rice never touched the ball. Houston, which opened with consecutive three-plays-and-out possessions, got nine points from its defense on a safety with Connor Barwin's sack of Flacco and a 52-yard interception return by Johnathan Joseph, and never looked back.

"I think we could've stayed with the run a little more patiently," Harbaugh said. "Once they got the tip-ball interception we felt like we needed to get back in the thing a little bit more quickly because of the type of team they are. ... Whether it's Ray Rice or Bernard Pierce, want to get the ball to all of our playmakers' hands."

For the next three quarters, Rice only had six carries and finished with a season-low 42 yards rushing. His nine carries were a season low.  His 12 yards receiving represented a season low, too.  Pierce, a rookie and No. 2 back, didn't have a single carry or reception.

Both average around 5 yards per carry. But by the time Flacco had three drives of three passes and out, the Ravens were trailing 29-3 at halftime.

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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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