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Ravens report card: Offense came up short in Arizona


Ravens report card: Offense came up short in Arizona

Here we go again. It's time to get out the red pen and grade the Ravens after their latest last-second, one-possession loss. Give them a little extra credit for making a game of it after falling behind 26-10 in the fourth quarter. We begin with the offense:


Joe Flacco finished 26-for-40 for 252 yards and one touchdown, with one interception that came on the Ravens' final play. Flacco was under pressure much of the night and was sacked three times, and once again he was limited by the lack of playmakers. Give Flacco credit for getting the Ravens down the field in the final two minutes. His final throw, intended for Crockett Gillmore, was another back-foot floater, but in fairness to Flacco, he was facing heavy pressure, and with 13 seconds left and no timeouts, he couldn't afford to throw a ball in the field of play and risk the clock running out. Flacco's worst throw actually came earlier; he had Chris Givens open by two steps behind the Cardinals defense, but the ball was underthrown, allowing Tyrann Mathieu to deflect away what should have been a touchdown.


Justin Forsett (12-36) and Buck Allen both had some solid moments, but the Ravens pretty much bailed on the run after falling behind 26-10. The Ravens had four rushes for 7 yards after halftime. Allen had 25 yards on three carries and also showed power when he lowered his shoulder and drove forward on a 10-yard catch. Fullback Kyle Juszczyk caught a 1-yard touchdown pass and finished with four catches. No, you aren't imagining it; the Ravens really do throw to Juszczyk on the first play of every half.


Flacco was sacked three times and under pressure from the Cardinals relentless blitz. Eugene Monroe was beaten badly a couple of times and the Cardinals blew up a third-and-1 run behind Monroe and Kelechi Osemele. A holding penalty on Monroe helped push the Ravens out of field goal range, as did a 6-yard loss on an end-around. Monroe's forgettable night ended early as he left with a shoulder injury, and Osemele left with a knee injury. Yes, John Urschel got jobbed on his penalty call; you think a math genius is going to forget to report eligible? That one is squarely on the referee.


Crockett Gillmore finished with five catches for 53 yards, and Nick Boyle hauled in two catches for 20 yards plus a two-point conversion. Gillmore was targeted seven times, and Flacco needs to lean on him with the Ravens underwhelming receiving corps. Twice now games have essentially ended on end-zone passes intended for Gillmore down the seam. Not sure he could have done much on the overthrown interception, but if the Ravens are going to lean on that play, Flacco and Gillmore have to find the consistency that Flacco had with Dennis Pitta.


The Ravens No. 2 receiver, Kamar Aiken, played 52 snaps and caught one pass for 6 yards. That just won't get it done. Marlon Brown had three catches for 22 yards but also another bad drop. Chris Givens showed some promise, twice getting behind the Cardinals defense.  One should have been a touchdown but the underthrown pass was tipped away. The other was a 31-yard gain on the Ravens final drive. The Ravens need to take deep shots with Givens more often. Steve Smith (5-78) was his usual solid self but was held without a catch on the Ravens final drive.

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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.