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1st and 10: Ten predictions for Ravens-Patriots

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1st and 10: Ten predictions for Ravens-Patriots

1. Ray Rice willnot rush for 100 yards ....Rice has averagedabout 104 yards in four career games against the Patriots, but that was helpedgreatly by his 83-yard touchdown run in the 2009 playoffs. In last year'splayoff game, the Patriots controlled the line of scrimmage, holding Rice to 67yards on 21 carries, and that defense is stronger this year. 2. .. and neitherwill Stevan Ridley. Ridley, thePatriots' second-year back out of LSU, has 196 yards in two games this season,including 125 yards in the season opener at Tennessee. But the Ravenslinebackers set the edge well last week in Philadelphia and were pretty stoutagainst LeSean McCoy, holding him to 81 yards on 25 carries. 3. The Patriots'Vince Wilfork will have at least two tackles for loss.Ravens centerMatt Birk was overmatched by Wilfork, the Patriots' four-time Pro Bowldefensive tackle, in the AFC Championship Game last season. He had threetackles for loss and a sack in that game. Birk and guards Ramon Harewood andMarshal Yanda will have their hands full again.

4.Anquan Boldinwill have at least four catches.Boldin was quietin the Eagles game last week, with two catches for just 7 yards, his lowestsingle-game total since the 2010 playoffs. Boldin had six catches for 101 yardsat New England last year, and offenisive coordinator Cam Cameron said theoffense works best when everyone is involved. This week, Boldin is moreinvolved.5. If the Ravensface third-and-1, they will pass.The Ravens'third-and-2 and fourth-and-2 calls at the end of the Eagles game -- bothincomplete passes -- were dissected ad nauseam on talk radio this week. Cameronsaid that had it been third-and-1, they would have run the ball. This week?Don't bet on it. They want no part of running up the gut at Wilfork onthird-and-short.6. Tom Brady willbe intercepted.Tom Brady hasfaced the Ravens six times, and he's thrown at least one interception in fourof those games. The Ravens need to get pressure, and then let Ed Reed,Lardarius Webb and company create havoc in the secondary. 7. Wes Welkerwill have at least five catches.Welker'sproduction is topic No. 1 in New England these days, as the Patriots seem to bephasing out the veteran who led the league with 122 catches last season. He hasonly eight through the first two games this season and had seen his playingtime diminished before the injury to tight end Aaron Hernandez. Still, he's apart of this offense and Brady will find him.8. The Ravenswill win the turnover battle.The Ravens, atplus-4, and the Patriots, at plus-3, both rank among the top five in the leaguein turnover ratio through two weeks. The Ravens have recorded six turnovers intwo games, and although a couple of those were gimmes (a botched handoff), theRavens generate plenty as well. Witness Lardarius Webb's helmet-to-ball hit onLeSean McCoy, or Bernard Pollard's diving interception.9. Justin Tuckerwill remain perfect.The Ravens rookiekicker is already putting to rest any debate about whether they made the rightmove in keeping him over Billy Cundiff. Tucker was perfect from 56 -- tying afranchise record -- 51 and 48 yards last week and is 6-for-6 through two games.He won't be perfect all season, but he will be on Sunday.10. Final score:Ravens 27, Patriots 23Something has togive here. The Ravens have won 13 straight games after a loss. They have won 11in a row at home. The Patriots have never lost to the Ravens in the regularseason. Both teams are missing key players. Both teams are coming off lossesthat exposed their weaknesses. But Joe Flacco has been exceptional in games immediately after losses, with 19 touchdowns and three interceptions in the last 13 such games. He leads the Ravens to a well-earned win.

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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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