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Ravens report card: Grading the offense vs. the 49ers

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Ravens report card: Grading the offense vs. the 49ers

It’s time to hand out another gloomy report card after the Ravens’ latest setback, a 25-20 loss to the 49ers that sends the Ravens to a 1-5 mark, the worst in franchise history after six games. There just isn’t enough red ink for all of this …

QUARTERBACK: C-

Joe Flacco has put up some fat numbers at times this season, and that includes Sunday’s game, when he completed 33 of 53 passes for 353 yards and two touchdowns. But he also threw two terrible interceptions, forcing a ball into double-coverage intended for Kamar Aiken and sending a high, deep floater that was 10 yards beyond any Ravens receiver and an absolute gift for 49ers cornerback Kenneth Acker. After the game, Flacco said he never expected a defensive back to be there and accurately called it “a really, really dumb throw.” His vision on several his picks this year has been highly suspect. A few key drops are not on him.

RUNNING BACKS: C

Justin Forsett battled through his ankle injury to total 62 yards on 17 carries (3.6 avg.), and tied for the team lead with seven receptions (39 yards). But the Ravens continue to struggle in short yardage; Forsett lost a yard on second-and-goal from the 3, and later in the game lost a yard on third-and-goal from the 1. Buck Allen had four rushes for 13 yards and couldn’t hold on to a tough but catchable pass in the end zone.

OFFENSIVE LINE: C

Flacco wasn’t sacked at all and was hit just once according to the official statistics. But the Ravens again struggled to get any kind of push in short-yardage situations; they are now 5-for-10 on third-and-1 rushes this season.  And the offensive line gets a red mark for a glaring lack of urgency in the Ravens final two-minute drill. They had no timeouts left and should have been in frantic hurry-up mode, and yet several linemen casually strolled to the line of scrimmage after a completion in the middle of the field.

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TIGHT ENDS: B-

Crockett Gillmore returned to action with a leaping grab that included a crunching hit in the red zone. He finished with three catches for 30 yards, but the Ravens still need more from him. With the Ravens in catch-up/passing mode, Maxx Williams saw more action that Nick Boyle, and Williams finished with four catches for 24 yards.

WIDE RECEIVER: C

Stop me if you’ve heard this before: Steve Smith Sr. was sensational, the other receivers not so much. Actually, Smith had his issues as well, dropping one sure touchdown and failing to corral another touch but catchable pass that would have been another touchdown. Still, hard to fault a guy who returned one week after sustaining microfractures in his back and produced seven catches for 137 yards and a touchdown. As for the other receivers, Jeremy Ross (3-34) and Kamar Aiken (3-22) led the way, but no receivers other than Smith caught a pass in the first half. The Ravens still can’t figure out what to do with Marlon Brown, but sending him in a fly route into double coverage is not the answer.

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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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