When the Ravens went to San Diego last year, they simply couldn't control quarterback Philip Rivers and the Chargers. The San Diego offense moved the ball almost at will and rolled to an easy 34-14 victory.
The Ravens will be looking for a better result this year, starting with trying to slow Rivers. He completed 17 of 23 passes for 270 yards and one touchdown last year. Rivers completed just about everything he tried in that game as the Chargers moved up and down the field with ease. In fact, they also ran for 145 yards and never even needed to punt.
The Chargers are struggling this season, coming into this game with a 4-6 record, but the Ravens know they can't take them lightly, especially after what happened in last year's contest.
"You definitely can’t overlook anybody," linebacker Terrell Suggs said. "This team is dangerous. This team is very dangerous. They have a lot of weapons, and they have a very good offense.”
The biggest weapon is Rivers. He's been up and down at times in the past two seasons, but when he's on, the former North Carolina State star remains one of the NFL's top guns. Last year, he picked the Ravens' defense apart, and they don't want a repeat of that.
The Ravens need to get some pressure on Rivers and not let him stand back there in the pocket and do whatever he wants. Last year, Joe Flacco got sacked seven times in this game -- but Rivers didn't get sacked at all. That was a big reason that Rivers and the Chargers did so well.
The Ravens' defense has played much better in the last three weeks, but the wins they've gotten have come against teams without dominant quarterbacks. That's why this Sunday's match-up in San Diego is going to be a test for a defense that appears to be finding its way.
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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