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Recent mistakes won't stop Marty Mornhinweg from aggressive calls

Recent mistakes won't stop Marty Mornhinweg from aggressive calls

Marty Mornhinweg says recent criticism won’t keep him from being aggressive against the Steelers.

The Ravens’ offensive coordinator heads into Sunday’s Ravens-Steelers showdown under the microscope – again. After Joe Flacco threw a red-zone interception in Week 15, with the Ravens leading by 10 points and just more than six minutes left to play, head coach John Harbaugh described the decision to pass in that situation “the all-time worst call ever.”

Harbaugh took responsibility, saying he should have vetoed the play. But it was Mornhinweg who called it.

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With the Ravens facing a virtual must-win situation in Pittsburgh, Mornhinweg says the mishap against the Eagles isn’t going to change his play calling approach.

“That is not the worst call I have ever made,” said Mornhinweg, drawing laughter, before turning serious. “I have made some really bad calls. Sometimes you get away with them, really, and the players tend to cover that thing up. That is not the first time…When you are trying to stay aggressive and score some points, it pays off, typically tenfold throughout the course of the game or a season or certainly a program. Every now and then, it backfires. When it backfires, we have to recover. We have to recover quick.”

When the Ravens beat the Steelers, 21-14, on Nov. 6, it was only Mornhinweg’s third game as offensive coordinator after replacing the fired Marc Trestman. The Ravens only scored one offensive touchdown in that game, when Mike Wallace used his speed to turn a short completion into a 95-yard catch-and-run.

It will likely take more than one offensive touchdown to beat the Steelers (9-5) on Sunday. They have won five straight and are playing their most consistent football of the season.

It’s a high-stakes situation, one that Mornhinweg is looking forward to. But except for their 38-point outburst against the Dolphins, the Ravens’ offense has been inconsistent all season. Mornhinweg hopes he can mastermind another breakout game Sunday.

“What a big opportunity we have this week in Pittsburgh,” Morhinweg said. “Our players are going to be jacked up and out of their minds for this one.

“They are already jacked up…We don’t want to peak too soon; we want to peak at the right time.”    

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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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