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Ravens have history of abandoning run

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Ravens have history of abandoning run

Ravens coach John Harbaugh is something of a history buff. He mentioned that he might take a quick trip to Gettysburg during the Ravens bye week, and frequently uses quotes from history as motivation.

Here's a quote credited to Winston Churchill that might resonate with the Ravens these days:

" Those that fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it."

For the Ravens, history would suggest that Ray Rice needs to carry the ball more than the nine times he did in the Ravens 43-13 loss at Houston.

Did the Ravens fail to learn from their history?

Last year, the Ravens offense melted down on national television in a 12-7 loss at Jacksonville. Rice had just eight carries in that game, prompting Terrell Suggs and others to sound off about Rice's workload.

Harbaugh, speaking the next day, said, “Eight carries is never going to be a winning formula for Ray Rice. There is no doubt about it.”

Three weeks later, Rice had just five carries in a 22-17 loss to Seattle.

After that game, offensive coordinator Cam Cameron said, "By the end of this season, (Rice) needs to be a guy who is getting the ball as much or more than anybody in the league. That gives us the best chance to win."

Which brings us to this week, as the Ravens lick their wounds from the beatdown the Texans put on them. Rice carried just nine times for 42 yards in that game, both season-lows.

He started out well, averaging 9 yards on three carries on the Ravens' opening drive. On the Ravens' next drive, they threw three straight incompletions and punted. The two drives after that, which included only one rush by Rice, ended with a safety and an interception return for a touchdown. Suddenly, the Ravens were down 16-3 and on their heels.

As they have in the past, they quickly got away from the run, even though quarterback Joe Flacco was under the gun and off target much of the day.  To be sure, more carries for Rice might not have made the difference against a tenacious Texans team that was playing at home, firing on all cylinders and running over a banged-up Ravens defense.

But on Monday, Harbaugh said that,"We could have stayed with the run a little more patiently. Once they got the tip-ball interception, we felt like we needed to try to get back in that thing a little bit more quickly because of the type of team they are. We probably all say we could have been a little bit more patient with the run ."

Sounds a lot like history repeating itself.

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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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