It’s time to grade the Ravens after their 37-33 loss at Oakland on Sunday. We begin with the offense, which put up 33 points on the road:
Joe Flacco finished 32-of-45 for 382 yards, 7 yards shy of his career high, and a pair of touchdowns. Flacco engineered an impressive 93-yard touchdown drive in the fourth quarter that tied the game at 30, but then a later drive stalled when Flacco’s pass for Steve Smith in the end zone sailed a bit high and Smith couldn’t come down in-bounds. Flacco made too many back-foot throws, and the Ravens also had too many drives end with field goals.
RUNNING BACKS: B
The Ravens averaged 4.4 yards a carry, with Justin Forsett gaining 68 yards on 15 carries and Lorenzo Taliaferro running seven times for 34 yards and a touchdown. Forsett converted a fourth-and-1 and later a third-and-15, and both of those drives ended with points. Forsett (4), Taliaferro (3), Buck Allen (1) and Kyle Juszczyk (1) also totaled nine receptions, though the group averaged only about 4 yards a catch.
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OFFENSIVE LINE: B+
The Ravens tackles were much improved, with James Hurst and Rick Wagner holding the edges far better than they did against the Broncos. Flacco wasn’t sacked at all and was officially hit just once. The Ravens run blocking was much improved as well, although third-and-short remains a struggle. The Ravens did have one forgettable sequence with back-to-back false starts (one by tight end Crockett Gillmore) and Kelechi Osemele was flagged for holding twice.
TIGHT END: A-
Crockett Gillmore had the most productive day of his career, with five catches for 88 yards and two touchdowns, but he did almost all of his damage in the first half. Gillmore carried three Raiders to the end zone on his second touchdown. But Gillmore had just one catch after halftime. Rookie Maxx Williams finished with one catch for 8 yards.
WIDE RECEIVERS: B+
Steve Smith (10 catches, 150 yards) was a one-man wrecking crew, and in fact for much of the game he was the Ravens only receiver option. During one stretch, Flacco didn’t even bother looking at any other receiver. Kamar Aiken (5-89) rebounded well after he fumbled away the Ravens first offensive play. Marlon Brown (2-12) wasn’t much of a factor, and it remains curious that the Ravens don’t try to take advantage of his size in the red zone. The Ravens did try to go to 6-6 rookie Darren Waller in the red zone, but he couldn’t get open and looked timid. And has anyone seen Michael Campanaro? The speedy slot receiver wasn’t targeted at all.
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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