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Another tall order for secondary

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Another tall order for secondary

For the Ravenssecondary, the tough assignments just keep coming. The Ravens facedAtlantas Julio Jones and Detroits Calvin Johnson in the preseason, and eachreceiver torched them for more than 100 receiving yards in less than one halfof work. Now in Week 1 of the regular season, the Ravens will face another ofthe leagues top receivers in Cincinnatis A.J. Green. Green, animpressive blend of size and speed at 6-foot-4 and 207 pounds, caught 65 passesfor 1,057 yards and seven touchdowns last season as a rookie. Ravens coach JohnHarbaugh said the second-year receiver out of Georgia has incredibleathleticism.You throw a ballanywhere near him and you dont think hes going to be able to catch it, and hefinds a way to grab it, Harbaugh said. Hes got an amazing catch radius. Hesbig, tall, long. He can get behind the defense very quickly.The Ravens caughta break last year and faced Green only once; he missed the game at M&T BankStadium while nursing a knee injury. In the regular-season finale, Green washeld in check, with two catches for 26 yards.But barring something unexpected, Green will beon the field Monday night, facing a secondary that looked vulnerable in thepreseason. Cornerbacks Cary Williams and Jimmy Smith, in a battle for a startingspot opposite Lardarius Webb, both had problems in preseason games. Ravens coachesexplained that defensive coverages in preseason were kept simple by design, andcautioned against reading too much into results. Bernard Pollard, speaking with the mediaearlier this week, suggested that now, things will be different.Pollard describedGreen as "a special talent." "But,"he added, "when he goes across the middle, he has to see us. And thatsnot taking anything away from him, but this is what we live for. When we seereceivers come across the middle, if we are in the right defense, we are goingto smack you, and we are going to let you know that you came across the middleon the wrong team. Having said that, if you miss him, he can hit a home run."Ravenscoordinator Dean Pees of course wouldn't tip his hand as to how they plan todefend Green, but he did point out that double-teaming Green comes with its ownperil, namely leaving someone like Pro Bowl tight end Jermaine Greshman in agood matchup for the Bengals. Still, you canbet when the Bengals offense gets to the line of scrimmage, the Ravens willknow where A.J. Green is at all times.
"The keything," Pees said, "is that we dont give him any big ones."

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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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