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5 questions and a prediction for Ravens (1-5) at Cardinals (4-2)


5 questions and a prediction for Ravens (1-5) at Cardinals (4-2)

GLENDALE, Ariz. – The Ravens and Cardinals will wrap up Week 7, meeting on Monday Night Football (8:30 p.m. Eastern) at University of Phoenix Stadium. Losing on national television would be the latest downer for a Ravens (1-5) season that has gone nothing like they expected. Can the Ravens stop the bleeding by beating the talented Cardinals (4-2), who lead the NFC West?

Here are five questions to ask, and a prediction:

1) Is the Ravens’ secondary healthy enough to keep from getting burned again?

The Ravens enter the game with three defensive backs listed as questionable on the injury report – cornerbacks Lardarius Webb (thigh) and Asa Jackson (thigh), and safety Kendrick Lewis (knee), while safety Terrence Brooks (thumb) is out. Even at full strength, containing Cardinals wide receivers Larry Fitzgerald and John Brown would be a handful for the Ravens defense. And they may have to depend on cornerbacks Kyle Arrington and Shareece Wright for plenty of snaps if Webb can’t go. That could be a serious problem.


2) Can the Ravens’ defense force a few turnovers?

Another glaring weakness for the Ravens has been their inability to force turnovers. They have just three interceptions and one fumble recovery all season. Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer is a hot, coming off a 400-yard game in Pittsburgh. He’s going to attack the Ravens’ secondary. If the Ravens don’t force Palmer into a few miscues, it’s hard to see Baltimore winning this game.

3) Will Ravens running back Justin Forsett have success?

Forsett has rushed for at least 100 yards in two of the last three games, and the Ravens’ offensive line seems to have hit its stride. The Cardinals aren’t bad at stopping the run, ranked 12th in the NFL. But the strength of the Cardinals’ defense is their secondary. If Forsett has running room and the Ravens’ offense can control the clock, it would improve their chances of pulling off an upset.

4) Can the Ravens avoid falling behind?

They have not scored on an opening drive all season, and have spent too much time playing catchup. The Ravens have lost eight straight when quarterback Joe Flacco has thrown  40 times or more. If the Ravens get down early in this game, the Cardinals could run away with it. 

5) Even if the Ravens stay in the game, can they close it out?

Close losses have been the story of the Ravens’ season – five defeats by a total of 22 points. Their defense must prove it is capable of making key stops in the fourth quarter.

Prediction: It’s going to take the Ravens’ best game of the season to win. And coming off a loss in Pittsburgh, the Cardinals should be fired up, especially on Monday. I see too much Palmer and Fitzgerald for the Ravens to handle.

Cardinals 31, Ravens 20

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Ravens lower concession prices at M&T Bank Stadium ahead of 2018 season


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.