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Ravens' Joe Flacco hopes to unleash deep passing game in opener

Ravens' Joe Flacco hopes to unleash deep passing game in opener

OWINGS MILLS – Remember the 2012 playoffs, when Joe Flacco throwing deep to Torrey Smith and Jacoby Jones led to big plays that helped the Ravens win a Super Bowl? The Ravens’ deep passing game hasn’t been the same since.

This year, the Ravens think that will change. A healthy Flacco has three weapons he didn’t have last year with deep speed – wide receivers Mike Wallace, Breshad Perriman, and rookie wide receiver Chris Moore.

Even if Moore is not a factor early in the season, Flacco heads into Sunday’s opener against the Bills feeling he has deep threats to make the Ravens’ offense more dangerous.

“It makes it a little easier to go the distance and score touchdowns with some big plays,” Flacco said. “I think it will free our tight ends up and some of our guys underneath. Eventually, when they all make names for themselves as a group, teams are going to have to make decisions on whether they’re going to play man against them. If they do, then hopefully we’re going to be able to take advantage of it.”

Flacco has never thrown for more than 4,000 yards in any of his eight seasons. But if Perriman, Wallace and Flacco all stay healthy this season, a 4,000-yard season for Flacco is certainly within reach.

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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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