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Shaky O-line stabilizes in time to help Flacco


Shaky O-line stabilizes in time to help Flacco

The last time Joe Flacco played at the San Diego Chargers, he tasted dirt seven times.

That happened in a 34-14 loss at Qualcomm Stadium last season.

It appeared to be another one of those games Sunday as the Ravens quarterback was sacked a season-high five times.

The pocket protection stabilized when Flacco needed it most, however, and he threw for 296 yards in the second half to bring the Ravens from behind for a 16-13 overtime victory.

When the Ravens trailed 10-0 at halftime, they’d amassed just 90 yards on 32 plays.

Ray Rice had 45 yards on nine carries, a 5.0 average. He finished with 97 on 22 carries.

But the 25th-ranked defense forced the Chargers into consecutive three-and-out series to start the second half. The Ravens’ offense had a few more chances to turn around a game that was in danger of getting away from them.

"We ran the ball effectively. If you run the ball, that’s your best friend in pass protection," center Matt Birk said. "Maybe we didn’t have a lot to show for it until the very end but in the second half we certainly played a lot better and did a better job of controlling the line of scrimmage."

Flacco was dropped for a 9-yard loss that stopped a drive at San Diego’s 34 in the first quarter. He was sacked twice in the second. With the Ravens at their own 41 in the third quarter, a sack ruined that drive.

From 9:36 of the third for the rest of the game, Flacco’s only trouble came when he fumbled on Antwan Barnes' hit in the fourth quarter. That sack on third-and-long led to the 4th-and-29 play that was converted by Ray Rice to tie the score at 13 and force the overtime period.

There weren’t any significant adjustments made to the blocking scheme to secure Flacco. They simply played better along the offensive line. Flacco wasn’t sacked in overtime.

Jah Reid, a second-year player, started his second game in a row at left guard for Bobbie Williams (ankle), who was inactive. Reid didn’t start a game as a rookie and had to overcome a calf strain that had dogged him in the preseason and kept him inactive until recently.

"We just settled down, stuck to our fundamentals," said Reid, playing his fourth game this season. "We didn’t change much. We just knew we had to do better."

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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.