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5 things to watch Saturday night for Ravens vs. Redskins

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5 things to watch Saturday night for Ravens vs. Redskins

The Ravens will host the Redskins, Saturday night (7:30) at M&T Bank Stadium.

Coverage begins with an hour-long pregame show at 6:30 on CSN, taking you up to game time.

The third preseason game most closely resembles the regular season. Starters sometimes play into the second half, and after getting handled 40-17 by the Eagles last week, the Ravens (1-1) are seeking a far better showing.

Here are my five areas to watch:

1. The offensive line

The guys who normally protect quarterback Joe Flacco’s blindside are banged up. Don’t expect starting left tackle Eugene Monroe (bruised forearm) or starting left guard Kelechi Osemele (sore Achilles) to play. Neither practiced this week. Whoever starts in their place needs to keep Flacco upright.

2. Backup backs

This will be a key game for Buck Allen, Terrence Magee, and Fitz Toussaint. Allen is the presumed No. 2 back, now that Lorenzo Taliaferro (sprained knee) will be out at least a few weeks. But Magee and Toussaint are fighting for a roster spot, and Allen wants to prove he can handle being Justin Forsett’s backup. Forsett may not play much Saturday, especially with the offensive line in flux. That leaves an opportunity for other backs to shine.

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3. Special teams

The Ravens still haven’t settled on a punt returner or kickoff returner. Asa Jackson will start the game in both roles, but others will get an opportunity. Meanwhile, players on the bubble like linebacker Arthur Brown could strengthen their case by showing well on special teams.

4. Penalties

The Ravens committed 17 penalties against the Eagles. Ravens coach John Harbuagh wants that number to come down Saturday. Way down

5. How will the first teams look?

Flacco threw two interceptions against the Eagles, and the first team defense was gashed for two touchdown drives. No matter how long they play, the Ravens’ “starters want to send a message that they’re ready for the regular season.

“We definitely want to kind of show what this Ravens team is about,” Suggs said. “That’s usually what the third preseason (game) is about.” 

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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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