Ravens coach John Harbaugh has had to talk about the team's injury problems a lot this week, probably more than he'd like to. But he's been around long enough to know one thing in re the injuries -- other teams won't feel sorry.
"Yeah, we've always said that," Harbaugh said in a press conference earlier this week. "You can complain all you want but nobody cares. Nobody is going to feel sorry for you."
The Houston Texans are not going to take it easy on the Ravens Sunday because they're missing two key players on defense. Why? Well, that's not life in the NFL.
Houston has its own goals to chase and problems to solve. The Texans were embarrassed on national TV last weekend. Green Bay made them look bad. They're going to want to look good this week.
The Ravens? Well, the question now is who's going to come through for them. That's what Harbaugh talked about after saying he knew no one's going to cut them a break.
"It’s an opportunity," he said. "You know the old saying: ‘When one door closes, another door opens,’ right? We’ve all heard that since we were kids, and that’s true. There are going to be opportunities for guys to [step up]."
Harbaugh said Ray Lewis would challenge players by saying "what's your legacy?" Players can determine that by coming through at times when their team needs them or at the right times.
Right now, the Ravens simply need people to step up because of all their injuries. Their schedule won't get any easier, and the opponents won't be any nicer.
"[They have a chance] to determine their destiny a little bit, and it’s going to be fun to see which guys step up," Harbaugh said. "We’ve got some guys who we are excited to see step up.”
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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