It's an old phrase that football coaches have repeated for years--you've gotta play the whole game.
The Ravens didn't Sunday night. The Steelers did and that's a big reason they pulled out the surprising 23-20 victory over the Ravens, a win that kept Pittsburgh alive in the AFC playoff hunt.
There's no question as to why the Steelers came back for the win. Despite playing with third-string quarterback Charlie Batch, the Steelers' offense didn't appear to miss a beat and pushed the Baltimore defense around in the second half.
Pittsburgh scored 17 points in the second half after Batch struggled throughout the first two quarters. The Ravens couldn't stop them on defense. Even more frustrating was that the Ravens took a 20-13 lead in the fourth quarter and gave up 10 unanswered points, all of which came in the final half of the quarter.
"We have to finish. We didn’t do a good job of that today," safety Bernard Pollard said afterwards. "Games like this, we need to be ready to go. We’ve got to finish, and today, we didn’t do a good job of it.”
The Ravens, for whatever reason, didn't seem to play with as much intensity in the second half as the first. In that first half, the Ravens kept Batch and the Steelers quiet for much of the time.
But somehow Pittsburgh opened things up on offense in the final two quarters, especially in the passing game. Did the Ravens overlook Batch a bit? They said that didn't happen, but in the end, the defense couldn't hold the Steelers in the second half, a problem that's unusual for coach John Harbaugh's team.
(on the Ravens-Steelers rivalry) “We didn’t care who their quarterback was, we knew it was going to be a tough game. For us, we just have to watch the film and figure out where we messed up. We’ve got to find out what we’ve got to get better at and move on.”
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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