A few things of note from the Ravens preseason opener:
Did you catch John Harbaughs irked demeanor at the quickie halftime interview? When Stan White grabbed the coach as he was heading off the field, Harbaugh offered only short answers about how bad the Ravens looked in the half. He was not a happy coach.
Shortly before he spoke with White, Harbaugh also wasnt happy about the spot on a fourth-down play near the end of the first half, when it appeared the Ravens made a first down on a short pass. But even after an instant replay review, the Ravens didnt get the call. Still, thats the kind of call that regular officials miss from time to time, too.
Were not supposed to notice the replacement officials. But thats kind of hard when the head referee, Craig Ochoa, sounds nervous every time he has to announce a call via his microphone. And twice referring to the Atlanta Falcons as Arizona didnt help much, either.
Rookie Gino Gradkowski, who started at center with Matt Birk sitting out the game, shouldered the blame for the hit Joe Flacco took when blitzing safety Sean Weatherspoon went free into the Ravens backfield. "Anytime there's a miscommunication, it's always the center's fault," Gradkowski said, according to baltimoreravens.com. "I've got to be better with that. We'll get that fixed."
Gradkowskis fellow rookie on the line, Kelechi Osemele, who started at right tackle, gave himself a mixed grade. "It was a little sloppy at first, but I warmed up after the first three-and-out," he said (also via the Ravens website). "Once I started playing like my usual self, I felt like things went pretty good."
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.
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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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