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Ravens report card: Offense

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Ravens report card: Offense

It's time to hand out the report cards following the Ravens' 28-24 loss to Cincinnati. And nearing the one-quarter point of the season, the grades just don't seem to be improving. The report card:

QUARTERBACK: C

Joe Flacco put up decent numbers -- 32-of-49 for 362 yards and two touchdowns -- but they don't want him throwing 49 times. And his one interception was a terrible back-foot floater that Pacman Jones easily stepped in front of, setting up a Bengals touchdown. Flacco admitted that he never saw Jones before the throw. "Just bad vision," he said. In fairness to Flacco, he continues to be hamstrung by the lack of playmakers. There's only so much he can do when receivers can't get open. Plus, tight end Crockett Gillmore was sidelined by an apparent injury for much of the second half.

RUNNING BACKS: D-

The ineffectiveness of the Ravens run game remains one of the major disappointments of the season. With Justin Forsett and Lorenzo Taliaferro and all five starting linemen expected back this year, this was supposed to be a strength. But the Ravens again were abysmal running the ball. Forsett carried 10 times for 13 yards and never gained more than 5. Taliaferro totaled 0 yards on three carries. Short-yardage running has been terrible. Rookie Buck Allen had a 9-yard run, the longest of the day. The Ravens totaled 1 yard on five second-half carries.

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OFFENSIVE LINE: C-

Protection for Flacco was decent and he wasn't sacked at all. But the Ravens couldn't handle Geno Atkins and Carlos Dunlap up front against the run, which is why the Ravens averaged 2.0 yards a carry. A face mask by Kelechi Osemele wiped out a fourth-down conversion on the Ravens final drive, and center Jeremy Zuttah was called for three penalties. James Hurst, starting in place of injured Eugene Monroe again at left tackle, received a grade of -11.2 from Pro Football Focus, the lowest grade given to any tackle this season.

TIGHT ENDS: C-

Crockett Gillmore had some of the few offensive highlights in the first half, with three catches for 40 yards. But he hardly played in the second half, and coach John Harbaugh offered no insight after the game, saying only, "You'll get an injury report later." That left Maxx Williams (3 catches, 44 yards) as the No. 1 tight end. Williams couldn't haul in the Ravens final pass play, just coming up short on a diving try. Rookie Nick Boyle also had a pair of catches and hurdled a tackler en route to a 13-yard gain.

WIDE RECEIVERS: B-

Once again, Steve Smith receives an 'A,' and the rest of the receivers earn something between a low grade and an 'incomplete.' Smith remains the Ravens lone playmaker, and he was remarkable again on Sunday, tying the franchise record with 13 catches for 186 yards and two touchdowns. His 50-yard, tackle-breaking touchdown on fourth-and-5 illustrated just how much effort he gives on every play. But once again, most of the receiver corps vanished for large stretches of the game, a recurring theme. No. 2 receiver Kamar Aiken had zero catches. Marlon Brown had a nice 21-yard catch to the sideline, but this group consistently fails to get separation. Flacco wants to take shots deep, as he did with Aiken at one point, but the receivers don't have the speed to outrun defenders.

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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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