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Risks lead to costly picks for Flacco


Risks lead to costly picks for Flacco

Joe Flacco wants to take risks, not just in the passing game but when it comes to passing in the red zone.

The Ravens are using a hurry-up offense and arent being predictable by running on first and second and then waiting to third down to pass.

The result is that Flacco has thrown for 1,269 yards after just four games for a 317.3 yards-per-game average compared to 973 passing yards and 243.3 per game at this point last season.

Flacco has seven touchdown passes and three interceptions. Those were his same touchdown and interception numbers a season ago, and the Ravens have the same record at 3-1.

All three picks this season, however, have been costly. The first one was a game-changer vs. the Philadelphia Eagles, the second allowed the New England Patriots to take a big lead early and the third one prevented the Ravens from pulling away from the Cleveland Browns.

-- On the opening drive of the third quarter vs. the Eagles with the ball near midfield and a chance to expand on a 17-7 lead, Flacco forced pass to Dennis Pitta, who he targeted 15 times in the game. DeMeco Ryans stepped underneath the route and six plays later the score was 17-14 as the Eagles came back to win 24-23.

-- On the Ravens second possession vs. the Patriots, Flacco threw an interception to Stephen Gregory, who returned the ball to the 6 to set up their first touchdown for a 10-0 lead. The Ravens had to rally for a 31-30 comeback victory.

-- On the third possession vs. the Cleveland Browns, Flacco inherited the possession after special teams forced a turnover. With the ball deep in Browns territory, Flacco forced a pass into coverage to Anquan Boldin and it was intercepted by Craig Robertson. It was Flaccos first red-zone interception in 125 throws and first since 2009. The game stayed scoreless though the Ravens eventually won 23-16.

The Ravens easily could be 4-0. But that's the risk that comes with opening up the offense and taking more chances.

"The guy that picked me off was standing on the line of scrimmage and he just took off that way," Flacco said of his interception against Cleveland. "I threw the ball and I thought I had a touchdown. ... I didn't see him at all. It's just one of those things. It happens. You have to shake it off."

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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.