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Three offensive issues facing Ravens moving forward

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Three offensive issues facing Ravens moving forward

SAN JOSE – The Ravens need to put Week 1 behind them as quickly as possible. It was ugly. Losing a 19-13 decision to the Broncos due to mistakes and missed opportunities. Losing linebacker Terrell Suggs for the season.

Upon further review, here are three offensive concerns for the Ravens, as they spend a week practicing and preparing in San Jose, before their Week 2 game against the Raiders:

1. The wide receiver position is a major issue.

Which wide receivers stepped up Sunday? That’s easy. Nobody did. Marlon Brown and Steve Smith had two catches. Smith let a potential game-winning touchdown pass slip through his hands during the final minute  Michael Campanaro and Kamar Aiken had one catch.  Darren Waller had no catches. If this is what the wide receiver production is going to look like until Breshad Perriman (knee) gets healthy, the Ravens’ offense is going to struggle.

2. Joe Flacco has to play better

The Ravens are only going as far as their quarterback leads them.  Flacco’s numbers Sunday were brutal – 18 for 32, 117 yards, two interceptions, 13.1 quarterback rating. Flacco got hit too much against the Broncos, 17 times. His wide receivers didn’t help him enough. But the pick-six Flacco threw Sunday was a momentum-changer the Ravens never overcame. Even if Smith did not run the route properly, the onus is on Flacco as the franchise quarterback, both to avoid big mistakes, and to overcome them. On Sunday, he did neither.

3. The offensive line was outplayed.

Left tackle Eugene Monroe (concussion) missed all but the first series Sunday.  James Hurst replaced Monroe, and was beaten badly at times by DeMarcus Ware.

Meanwhile, running lanes for Justin Forsett (43 yards) were few and far between. The Ravens expect their offensive line to be a strong point this season. If it’s not, the Ravens won’t be able to run or throw it consistently.

The defense didn’t allow a touchdown Sunday, and held Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (24-for-40, 175 yards, one interception) in check. But for the Ravens to win consistently, their offense will have to be far more consistent.

RELATED: Ravens report card: Offense

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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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