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Roethlisberger lacks knockout punch?


Roethlisberger lacks knockout punch?

This is one of those rare times when Ravens fans should be rooting for the Redskins. If the ’Skins can beat the Steelers this afternoon, the Ravens would be two games clear of everyone else in the AFC North. That’s a pretty nice cushion to have at this point of the season.

A Steelers blogger has compiled statistics to show that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, deservedly possessed of a reputation for clutch play when Pittsburgh trails late in a game, actually has kind of a reverse corollary to go with his comeback abilities. When the Steelers have a lead of about a touchdown or less into the fourth quarter, Roethlisberger doesn’t put away the opposition.

According to Jim Wexell at SteelCityInsider.net, Roethlisberger has been in that situation 37 times in his NFL career and delivered a game-clinching score in five games. Now, the Steelers also won all but seven of those games, so he didn’t necessarily cost them victories, but Big Ben didn’t make your friends in Pittsburgh breathe easy through the late going.

Wexell wrote: “We all know that Roethlisberger’s ‘a ridiculous competitor,’ as [coach Mike] Tomlin likes to say. When his team’s down or tied, he’s been one of the NFL’s best. But with a slight lead, he either loses focus or doesn’t possess whatever drives him when his team is losing.”

That’s not saying the Ravens want to make sure they’re trailing in the fourth quarter on Nov. 18.

(H/T to our pal Rich Tandler at CSNWashington.com.)

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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.