With the NFL exhibition season in full swing starting Thursday, most fans dont have to be reminded just how meaningless preseason results are. The most important thing is that your best players get enough work in to be sharp for the regular season and that no one gets hurt.
In recent years, the biggest example we had of the preseason record not correlating to the regular season was the Lions in 2008. They went 4-0 in exhibition games, then put up a winless regular season.
Lets look at how the undefeated and winless preseason teams have fared in the regular season over the past five years:
Seven teams have gone 4-0. Of those, two posted winning records and made the playoffs that season. Counting those woeful Lions, three of the exhibition unbeatens failed to win six games once it counted.
Twelve teams have put up 0-4 preseason marks. Four of them made the playoffs, but only four had losing records.
One of those winless squads was the 2010 Bears, who recorded the best record among the 0-fer bunch at 11-5.
Besides those 2008 Lions, last year the Rams were 4-0 in preseason and then went 2-14 for real.
The Ravens posted a 4-0 record in 2009 and went to the playoffs with a 9-7 mark.
So what is the lesson? Maybe the NFL shouldnt keep score in exhibition games.
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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