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Ravens-Rams Instant Analysis


Ravens-Rams Instant Analysis

Rams 31, Ravens 17
at Edward Jones Dome

ST. LOUIS -- Not much should be read into this loss as no Ravens player on the fringe made a strong case for making the final cut now that preseason is over.

Coach Jim Harbaugh rested most of his starters in last year's preseason finale, too, so his decision wasn't a surprise. He only used four projected starters against the Rams' first-team, but he could be seen badgering his team on the sideline for its sloppy play from start to finish.

While the offense initially moved the ball well under backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor, it failed to score with him in the game and gave up a costly fumble inside its own 10-yard line as the deficit grew to 14-0 after the first quarter. Curtis Painter relieved Taylor in the second half and tossed three interceptions.

Rookie lineman Kelechi Osemele, who is projected to start at guard, was in the lineup at right tackle. He was joined by projected starters at linebacker Paul Kruger and Albert McClellan and defensive back Cary Williams.

Bernard Pierce, who has a firm grip on the No. 2 running back spot, averaged nine yards on his first three carries as the Ravens moved the ball to St. Louis' 41-yard line until the drive stalled.

A breakdown of what happened for the Ravens:

Player of the game: Vacant.

Telltale stat: Four turnovers and no sacks of the Rams' QBs.

Turning point: Taylor was hit from behind and stripped with the Ravens on their on 14. Robert Quinn was credited with the sack, the strip and recovery that gave the Rams a 14-point lead to put the game out of reach early.

Highlights: Osemele played right tackle where he was matched against Rams defensive end Chris Long. He kept him off the quarterback, not allowing a sack. ... Deonte Thompson was solid returning kicks on special teams and had a difficult 11-yard TD catch across the middle in the fourth quarter. He finished with six receptions for 68 yards.

Lowlights: It was a dreadful showing by Brendon Ayanbadejo as his decision-making and ability to close out plays. He was sucked inside on third-and-2 and allowed Steven Jackson to get wide for a first down. He whiffed on a few tackles on one drive alone and allowed a 23-yard gain on a touchdown drive by the Rams by going for the strip rather than the tackle. ... Ayanbadejo, Nigel Carr and Paul Kruger were beaten on routes underneath for touchdown throws by Sam Bradford. ... Sergio Kindle was called for a roughing the passer when he hit Bradford long after he threw the ball on 3rd and 15. That led to an automatic first down and three plays later a 21-0 deficit. ... Justin Tucker missed his first field goal of the preseason since winning the job earlier this week from Billy Cundiff. The kick sailed wide left from 57 yards. ... Playing left tackle, Cord Howard was beaten badly on the edge, allowing the sack of Taylor that caused the fumble. ... Giving up a 46-yard catch to Steve Smith, cornerback Jimmy Smith fell down and then stopped playing after the catch. The receiver eventually fell, too, but he wasn't tackled and still inbounds. ... After Curtis Painter overthrew Bobby Rainey for an interception by Craig Dahl, Dorian Graham stripped Dahl and recovered the ball for Baltimore. Then Painter throws a high pass that deflects off the 5-foot-8 Rainey's hands and is picked off by Janoris Jenkins and returned 76 yards for a touchdown. ... The kickoff coverage remains inadequate as Rainey was drawn inside and sealed with a block that allowed Chris Givens to return the ball to the Rams' 36 and an offsides penalty advanced it to the 41.

Nice recovery: After being called for 35-yard pass interference call that put the ball in the red zone in the second quarter, Danny Gorrer intercepted Rams backup QB Kellen Clemens.

Notable: Anthony Allen, after being virtually ignored in the previous two games and playing just special teams, got five carries in the second half in front of undrafted rookie Damien Berry who played special teams until the fourth quarter when he had a 10-yard rush.

Up next: Harbaugh will cut down his roster to 53 players on Friday.

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Ravens lower concession prices at M&T Bank Stadium ahead of 2018 season


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.