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1st and 10: Ten predictions for tonight's game

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1st and 10: Ten predictions for tonight's game

FIRST AND 10: TenPredictions About Tonights Game
1. Ray Rice willget his 20 touches.Much has beenmade of the Ravens' new-look, hurry-up offense. But this offense still revolvesaround Ray Rice, and he will get his hands on the ball, either as a rusher oras a receiver. Over the past two years (including playoffs), the Ravens are21-2 when Rice has at least 20 touches, 5-8 when he does not.2. Joe Flaccowill complete at least 60 percent of his passes. Flacco is comingoff his worst season in terms of accuracy, with a completion percentage of.576. But he was on target against the Bengals last year, completing 32 of 46passes (.696) with three touchdowns and one interception. And he has looked incommand all summer long in his best training camp to date.3. Torrey Smithwill have a catch of longer than 25 yards.The Ravens expectto get back tight ends Ed Dickson and Dennis Pitta after both missed most oftraining camp with injuries. Their effectiveness remains to be seen, butthere's no doubt about Smith. The Bengals' cover-2 defense is designed tothwart the big play, but with Anquan Boldin and Jacoby Jones on the field inthree-wide sets, Smith will find an opening. 4. KelechiOsemele will start.It appears likelya rookie will start, but it won't be linebacker Courtney Upshaw, the rookiemany thought would start right away. Osemele has seen action at both righttackle and left guard this preseason, but hinted last week that he wouldpossibly be starting at tackle. That would mean Michael Oher would start atleft tackle and Bryant McKinnie, whose past few months have been a soap opera,would come off the bench for the first time since his rookie season 10 yearsago.5. The Ravenswill allow fewer than three sacks.The Bengals piledup 45 sacks last season, three off the franchise record. But the Ravensdesigned rollouts, naked bootlegs and other schemes to avoid an interior passrush led by defensive tackle Geno Atkins (7.5 sacks last year). The result was just one sack by the Bengalsin each game against the Ravens last year. The Ravens offensive line is a workin progress, but the Bengals are likely to be without one of their top passrushing linemen, Carlos Dunlap (doubtful, knee).
6. The Bengalswill have a kickoff return of at least 35 yards.Kick coverage wasa problem last season for the Ravens -- they ranked second-to-last in theleague, allowing 29.2 yards per return-- and it's been a problem this preseason as well. Wide receiversBrandon Tate and Andrew Hawkins are two likely returners for the Bengals, andboth have big-play capability.7. A.J. Greenwill have more than 100 receiving yards.The Ravenssecondary yielded 100 receiving yards to both Atlanta's Julio Jones andDetroit's Calvin Johnson in the preseason, and each played less than a half.The Ravens figure to match up Lardarius Webb on Green , an "elitereceiver," says Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees. But if the Ravenscan't generate much pass rush, Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton will have thetime to find Green, who at 6-foot-4 has 6 inches on Webb.
8. Justin Tuckerwill make his first official NFL field-goal attempt.Many eyes will beon the rookie from Texas, who made headlines when he beat out Billy Cundiff forthe Ravens' kicking job. Tucker has been unflappable, but the games haven'tmattered yet. Now they do, but he will be on target in his first official game.9. The Ravenswill win the turnover battle.Bengals runningback BenJarvus Green-Ellis has not fumbled in ... well, ever. He's had nearly600 touches in his career without a fumble. But the Ravens defense willgenerate turnovers, and that will be one of the keys in a close game.
10. Ravens 27,Bengals 20The Bengals are agood football team, and the Ravens have some questions, especially on defensefor a change. But the Ravens aren't losing on the Monday after Art Modell died.Joe Flacco and the offense do enough to open the season with a 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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