Ravens

Quick Links

Some hopes for Detroit game

847267.png

Some hopes for Detroit game

Local football fans need to remember that no matter what happens in Friday's game against the Lions, it does not count. This is a pre-season game which means basically nothing in the grand scheme of NFL life.
But there are a few things that would be nice to see in the 8 p.m. game tonight.
Here's three things I'd like to see in the second game of the pre-season -- even though it doesn't mean much.
First, it would be good just to see improvement from the first unit. They ended up better than they started last week in Atlanta. But a more consistent effort on both sides of the ball would probably make everyone very happy. The defense is going to be tested because the Lions have a lot of offense and can cause damage very quickly.
Second, the Ravens need a better pass rush. They didn't get nearly enough pressure on Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan last week. But the Ravens cannot let Matthew Stafford stand back there all night and throw.
Third, can the offense be more effective than it was during the Atlanta game. The first few drives saw quarterback Joe Flacco not able to do much with the offense. But he got them rolling on the last possession. Hopefully, they can be more consistent throughout their time on the field -- the first team, that is. It's also going to be interesting to see what they focus on. Will they run more? Will they go to the air more often?
In general, the best thing a team can do in the pre-season is to improve on a regular basis. This will be a good test for the Ravens to see if they can do that. Let's see what happens.

Quick Links

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

ravens-stadium-usat.png
USA TODAY Sports

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!

A post shared by Baltimore Ravens (@ravens) on

MORE RAVENS NEWS:

Quick Links

Vegas odds against Lamar Jackson starting for Ravens in 2018

ap_18117683467172.jpg
AP Images

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. 

MORE RAVENS NEWS: