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Rice: "My touches will definitely come"


Rice: "My touches will definitely come"

Ray Rice on Wednesday dismissed any clamor about his workload, saying that “my touches will definitely come” as the season enters its crucial final quarter.

“It’s that late time of year where that run game is more important,” Rice said.

As there always seems to be after a loss, there was a lot of teeth-gnashing about Rice’s workload – or lack of it – after the Ravens’ 23-20 loss to Pittsburgh on Sunday. Rice finished the game with 12 carries for 78 yards and did not touch the ball in the fourth quarter.

At his weekly media session, Rice reiterated what he said after the game, that “situational football came into play” with the fourth-quarter play-calling.

 “Going forward,” he added, “we’re going to do as I always say, work on our execution, and my touches will definitely come. It’s that late time of year where the cream rises to the top.”

Rice said that in the final quarter of the season, his workload has generally increased, and he’s right. Last year, Rice averaged 17.3 carries over the first 12 games, then 20.8 over the final four. In 2010, he averaged about 17.6 carries over the first 12 games, and 23.8 over the final four.

“We’ve always found a way, toward the end of the year, where my attempts have (gone) up,” he said.

Rice says he’s ready for that. Now in his fifth season, Rice said he feels about as good as he ever has heading into the homestretch.

“I think that has something to do with being smart with my touches, but it also has to do with the way I take care of my body. The weight room has been my temple.”

Rice currently ranks 13th in the league in carries with 198. He finished third in the league with 291 carries last season and was seventh in 2010 (307).

“Thirteenth right now, you know what? That’s OK, because we’ve been winning games,” Rice said. “But now, we’ll find a way to get the ball in our playmakers’ hands. And obviously I think I’m a playmaker for this team so the coaches … they’ll find a way to get me the ball.

“One thing I don’t like is being forced the ball. Being forced the ball, sometimes that’s not always in your best interest because you’re getting forced into a defense that’s already preparing for you. But getting smart touches, and getting touches that I can make a big play, that’s something that I get excited about.”

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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.