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Looking back at Week 7 predictions


Looking back at Week 7 predictions

Well the Ravens didn't fare very well in Houston. Were our 10 predictions any better?

1. Terrell Suggs will not play.

INCORRECT. Suggs targeted mid-October for his return from his springtime Achilles injury, which seemed wildly optimistic -- apparently to everyone but him. Suggs, who returned to practice just last week, was a factor right away at Houston, setting the edge against the run and registering a first-quarter sack. Suggs kept an uncharacteristically low profile throughout his injury rehab, declining interview requests until he was ready to play. But it's clear that he worked tremendously hard to get back on the field, and to play 44 snaps was remarkable.

2. Ray Rice will not get 20 carries.

CORRECT. Once again, the Ravens quickly abandoned the running game after falling behind. On the Ravens' first drive, Rice had three carries for 27 yards and the Ravens moved 45 yards for a field goal. On their next drive, they threw three straight incompletions and punted. Rice carried just six more times the rest of the way, finishing with nine carries for 42 yards, both season lows. On Monday, coach John Harbaugh said, "We could have stayed with the run a little more patiently."

3. The Ravens will have a pass play of 30+ yards.

INCORRECT. The Ravens lead the league with 30 pass plays of 20 yards or more, but the deep ball was nowhere to be seen in Houston. Quarterback Joe Flacco misfired on one or two bombs, but facing the big Texans rush, Flacco opted for quick throws. Flacco averaged 7 yards a catch and had no completions longer than 13 yards.

4. Joe Flacco will be intercepted.

CORRECT. Flacco was intercepted twice, including one on a tipped pass by Johnathan Joseph that was returned for a touchdown. Flacco had thrown just one interception in 89 career passes against the Texans, but Joseph, who spent five seasons with the Bengals, has been Flacco's nemesis. Sunday's interception was his fourth pickoff of Flacco, the most by any player.

5. The Ravens will not score a first-quarter touchdown.

CORRECT. Another slow start helped set the table for a disastrous afternoon for the Ravens. They moved 45 yards on their opening drive, but it stalled and Justin Tucker hit a 51-yard field goal. On their only other two first-quarter possessions, the Ravens failed to record a first down, and one ended in a safety. The Ravens have now gone five straight games without a first-quarter touchdown.

6. Arian Foster will rush for 100 yards.

INCORRECT. Just missed this one. Had the game been closer, Foster surely would have topped the 100-yard mark, but he sat out the final drive with the Texans leading by 30. Foster finished with 19 carries for 98 yards.

7. Foster will have more touches than Rice.

CORRECT. Rice was a forgotten man in the Ravens attack, with only nine carries in the game, and only six after the Ravens' first possession. Rice did have five catches, for just 12 yards, for a total of 14 touches. Foster had 19 carries for 98 yards and one reception for 5 yards.

8. J.J. Watt will have a sack

INCORRECT. The Texans pass rush was as fearful as advertised, and they hammered Flacco throughout, with four sacks. But Watt did not record any of them. He came up huge in other ways, though, hitting Flacco and tipping a pass that was ultimately intercepted and returned for a touchdown by Johnathan Joseph.

9. The Texans will run on more than half their plays

INCORRECT. Not quite. The Texans found openings in the passing game, mainly with Andre Johnson and Owen Daniels, who collectively had 16 receptions. Once they got the big lead, running the ball was pretty much a given, but the Texans finished with 37 rushes and 37 passes (and two sacks).

10. Texans 33, Ravens 24

KIND OF CORRECT. We predicted a Texans win, but not a Texas-sized beatdown. The Ravens again struggled to stop the run, had some issues in pass coverage and were out of sync offensively on the road. They got away with that in Kansas City. That didn't cut it in Houston.

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Ravens lower concession prices at M&T Bank Stadium ahead of 2018 season


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.