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Romo picks apart Ravens in loss

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Romo picks apart Ravens in loss

Tony Romo played much better this week than last—and that’s a big reason the Ravens had problems on defense once again.

Romo came off a five-interception performance against the Bears last week and completed 25 for 36 for 261 yards and two touchdowns as the Cowboys pushed Baltimore to the limit before the Ravens hung on for a 31-29 victory Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium.

Romo’s ability to make good passes and guide the running game helped the Cowboys constantly keep possession and pressure the Ravens’ defense. Dallas compiled 481 yards total offense, 227 of which came on the ground, plus 30 first downs.

The Cowboys also had a huge advantage in time of possession, 40 minutes, three seconds to 19:57 – a big reason they controlled long stretches of the game. They had the ball for almost the entire third quarter, thanks mainly to the good combination of running and Romo's passing.
 
“They haven’t defended the run as well as they typically have in the past,” Dallas coach Jason Garrett said. “We want to run the football. It makes the quarterback’s job so much easier.”

The success running the ball – DeMarco Murray (93 yards) and Felix Jones (92) – opened the door for Romo to pick apart the Baltimore defense. Dez Bryant led the way with 13 catches for 95 yards and two touchdowns and kept making big plays.
 
But even Romo said the good running game made his life so much easier this time around.

“As a quarterback, it makes it a completely different game when you run the ball like that,” Romo said. “If you have a game where you have to keep throwing the ball, it makes it so difficult. The more you throw, the more predictable the formations become.”

The Ravens also suffered a number of injuries on defense – Ray Lewis, Lardarius Webb, Haloti Ngata and others – and needed a bunch of players to step up at the right times to make plays.

And even though they had problems stopping Romo and the Cowboys all day, the Ravens were able to make just enough plays to hold on and pull out their fifth win in six games, something that made Ravens coach John Harbaugh happy afterwards. 
 
“I’m proud of this team,” said Harbaugh. “Was it perfect? Was it pretty? No. And I’m sure that’s all stuff that will get written about, and it’s all fine. But a victory is still a victory. I’m proud of these guys for understanding and figuring out a way to win.”

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Ravens lower concession prices at M&T Bank Stadium ahead of 2018 season

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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. 

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