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Upon further review: Ravens now reside in NFL cellar

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Upon further review: Ravens now reside in NFL cellar

Here’s another question for the Ravens, as they absorb the aftermath of their latest gut-wrenching loss.

Is this rock bottom? Or will the Ravens finish the 2015 season with a worse record than they could have ever imagined, looking like a franchise that needs to rebuild, not reload?

Monday night’s 26-18 loss to the Cardinals dropped the Ravens to 1-6, sharing the worst record in the NFL with the Lions. When the season began, who thought the Ravens would enter Week 8 with a worse record than the Titans, Jaguars, Buccaneers, and Browns?

It’s not like the Ravens are quitting. They almost pulled off a major comeback in the fourth quarter Monday night, with Asa Jackson blocking a punt to set up one touchdown, and a last-minute drive that didn’t fizzle out until Joe Flacco threw an interception in the final seconds.

But in today’s parity-driven NFL, you can’t be 1-6 unless you are a bad football team. Especially when you’re not quitting, and when your starting quarterback has been healthy all season.

The Ravens don’t have enough playmakers. They don’t have enough team speed on offense or defense. They don’t have enough quality corners to prevent opposing quarterbacks from finding mismatches they can milk for key completions.

Flacco lamented the Ravens’ lack of explosiveness after Monday’s loss.

“On offense, we don’t quite have the explosiveness to take drives over and score quickly, get big chunks consistently,” Flacco said following Monday’s game.

You can talk about how close the Ravens’ losses have been. You can certainly talk about how bad the officiating was Monday night. Ravens guard John Urschel did almost everything except breakdance to get the officials’ attention that he was reporting as an eligible receiver, yet the Ravens were called for an illegal formation. Chris Johnson’s forward progress was stopped on his 62-yard run. That play should have been blown dead when Johnson was lying on top of Ravens’ defensive tackle Brandon Williams.

But the Ravens have become adept at finding different ways to lose. Whether it’s a turnover, a blown assignment, or a missed opportunity, the Ravens hurt themselves over and over, week after week. They have the fortitude, but not the talent to overcome key mistakes.

“Turnovers, we aren’t getting enough, and we have too many,” said coach John Harbaugh. “Those are the areas that we have to get better at. One thing about us right now, we’re the kind of team that has to minimize mistakes, and we have to execute. And we’re going to be forced to develop the ability to do that with perfection. In the long run, that’s going to be good for us.”

But in the short run, the process could be painful. The Ravens thought the last two months of this season would be about making a playoff push. Instead, the front office and Harbaugh need to figure out why they thought the 2015 Ravens would be so much better than they really are.

[RELATED: Harbaugh on Johnson's confusing run: 'I got no explanation']

 

 

 

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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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