We mentioned the other day about how the NFL might wriggle its way to an 18-game season by cutting the preseason and then getting the NFL Players Association to agree to two more regular-season games because of decreased revenue, a lower salary cap and less money for players.
Heres another idea that has floated around: The season expands to 18, but no player is allowed to be active for more than 16 games.
Maybe this has no chance of happening, but consider that it would help address the issue of decreased player safety that two more games represents. Also, teams presumably would want bigger rosters because of the expanded season, and owners might be able to avoid losing too much of their increased revenue to paying more and bigger salaries.
But the cool thing about this idea is the challenge it would present to coaches. We would find out who the real geniuses are, wouldnt we? Basically, each coach would sort of have to play a little bit of fantasy football with his roster, deciding against which opponent he could sit members of his team.
Imagine how much more important a backup quarterback becomes when he has to start a couple of games each season. Your two-pronged attack at running back better develop a few more prongs. Offensive linemen had better be versatile enough to slide over to other positions. And make sure you have plenty of guys who can bring pressure on the passer.
Suppose the NFL had such an arrangement this season. If youre Ravens coach John Harbaugh, do you play Joe Flacco the first 16 games of the season and hope you have your playoff berth clinched for when its time to insert Tyrod Taylor in the last two weeks? If you sit Ray Rice against a weaker team, are you risking making an easy win into a close game because of a diminished running game? Which receivers are you least scared of to warrant giving Lardarius Webb the week off?
Would the NFL make teams announce whos playing by Thursday, sort of how the league mandates injury reports? And would coaches be able to change their minds or make switches because of injury? And so would Bill Belichick say every week that Tom Brady is going to sit out, only to start him when the Patriots backup QB suffers yet another injury during warm-ups?
Were kind of warming to this idea.
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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