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Arizona S Johnson fined $21K for blindside block

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Arizona S Johnson fined $21K for blindside block

NEW YORK (AP) Arizona safety Rashad Johnson was fined $21,000 by the NFL on Friday for an illegal blindside block in the Cardinals' loss to the Minnesota Vikings last Sunday.

Vikings tight end John Carlson missed Minnesota's game against Tampa Bay on Thursday night because of concussionlike symptoms that appeared to result from Johnson's block during a punt.

Detroit cornerback Alphonso Smith was fined $15,750 for his horse-collar tackle on Chicago wide receiver Brandon Marshall in the Lions' loss Monday night. Smith was called for a penalty, which helped put the Bears in field-goal range. Marshall and fellow Bears receiver Earl Bennett were also docked $10,500 by the league for wearing orange cleats, a violation of the NFL's uniform policy.

Several other players were fined $7,875 by the league for various penalties, including St. Louis cornerback Cortland Finnegan, who grabbed the facemask of Green Bay's Jordy Nelson on a tackle last weekend that also drew a call for unnecessary roughness.

Baltimore safety Bernard Pollard drew a similar fine for a facemask penalty on Houston tight end Owen Daniels.

Carolina's Charles Godfrey was also docked for his low block on Dallas center Phil Costa, who was carted off the field. Panthers coach Ron Rivera signaled for trainers to tend to the Cowboys player immediately after he went down following Miles Austin's fumble. Godfrey received a personal foul penalty.

Washington offensive lineman Tyler Polumbus was fined for a leg whip on a run play against New York Giants defensive tackle Linval Joseph.

Cleveland linebacker D'Qwell Jackson drew a fine for his late hit on Indianapolis rookie running back Vick Ballard that also drew a personal foul penalty.

San Francisco safety Dashon Goldson was docked $7,875 for taunting - unsportsmanlike conduct - after tackling Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch last Thursday night.

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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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