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Low-ranked defense outshines offense

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Low-ranked defense outshines offense

The Ravens average less than 17 points per game on the road, a far cry from their average at home which is more than double that.

With the exception of Joe Flacco’s second half at the San Diego Chargers, he has been a below average quarterback on the road, too.

They scored 9 points at the Kansas City Chiefs, 13 points at the Pittsburgh Steelers and 16 at the Chargers. Flacco led the offense to just one touchdown drive in those victories combined.

But somehow, the Ravens are 4-2 away from home, already equal to their win total there one season ago when they finished 12-4 overall.

"We’ve got the third-best road record in the National Football League, so that’s pretty good,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "But then again, our guys take the right approach. We’re certainly not patting ourselves on the back."

Such a record is possible because of a 24th-ranked defense that has given up the fewest points in the NFL in November. They've allowed 15 to the Cleveland Browns, 20 to the Oakland Raiders, 13 to the Pittsburgh Steelers and 13 to the Chargers in going 4-0.

They've done it despite losing cornerback Lardarius Webb to season-ending knee surgery, cornerback Jimmy Smith to a groin tear and linebacker Ray Lewis to a triceps tear, but the Ravens are allowing only 19.9 points per game for the season.

That’s 7th-best in the NFL, even though overall the defense ranks only 24th. Harbaugh called his team, now 9-2 and in command of the AFC North, special after the victory in San Diego.

He explained in more detail Monday.

"They are special because of the way they interact with each other," Harbaugh said. "The way they handle adversity, the way they work with each other, the way they care about one another -- all those intangible things that it’s really hard to quantify -- and everybody just kind of wants to shrug their shoulders at and say, ‘What is that?’

"If you have ever been on a team, like most of us have at one point in time or another, you really have a feel for that, and you kind of know what that means."

 

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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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