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Will offense ever wake up on the road?


Will offense ever wake up on the road?

Maybe this is the one game when the offense gets a free pass for being largely inept, where a win is a win – especially at the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Ravens (8-2) escaped with a 13-10 win Sunday night to take a two-game lead in the AFC North. If the offense had just made a few more plays, the outcome probably wouldn’t have been close.

They slowed the hurry-up offense in hopes of better dealing with crowd noise. Quarterback Joe Flacco, however, was unproductive again away from M&T Bank Stadium.

Coach John Harbaugh gave the best praise he could of his offense, which is it didn’t commit a turnover. And maybe that’s all that they need to do going forward as long as the Ravens’ defense can continue to play like it did in Pittsburgh. That's asking a lot for a group that has ranked near the bottom of the NFL in many key defensive statistical categories.

"We didn’t put up a lot of numbers and all that. That’s a really good defense," Harbaugh said in critiquing his offense that was outgained 335-211 by a team that didn’t have starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger because of a shoulder and rib injury.

"I thought the fact that we controlled the ball in terms of holding onto the football, not giving them a big play that would’ve turned the game it was really big for our offensive guys."

The Jekyll and Hyde act with Flacco and company is troubling.

He threw for 341 yards in a 55-20 win vs. the Oakland Raiders last week. Torrey Smith had two catches, for touchdowns of 47 and 20 yards, in that game.

Sunday, Flacco went 20-for-32 for 164 yards and no touchdowns as he couldn’t distinguish himself from Steelers backup Byron Leftwich, who went18-for-39 for 201.

Smith had his worst game of the season with one catch for seven yards, and that didn’t come until the fourth quarter. Flacco misfired on his other six targets to Smith.

But now after five road games, the Ravens are 3-2 but the offense has yet to figure out how to function consistently.

Flacco is 91-for-168, just a 54% completion rate, for 883 yards, three touchdowns and four interceptions in those games. Smith leads the Ravens with seven touchdowns, but only one of them have come on the road. Smith has only 14 catches for 183 yards.

The Ravens have road games remaining at the San Diego Chargers on Sunday, at the Washington Redskins and at the Cincinnati Bengals. None of the three has a winning record.

If the offense can't find a way to right the ship on the road against these teams, there's no reason to believe they can flip the switch if they have to visit the Houston Texans again -- or anyone else, for that matter -- in the postseason.

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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.