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Batch of emotion for Steelers QB

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Batch of emotion for Steelers QB

Charlie Batch turns 38 on Wednesday. He’s been in the NFL since 1998. Yet there couldn’t have been a member of the Steelers more touched by Sunday’s 23-20 victory over the Ravens than the veteran quarterback.

Filling in for injured fill-in Byron Leftwich while the Steelers wait for Ben Roethlisberger to heal enough to reassume his position, Batch had an awful performance last week in Pittsburgh’s loss to the lowly Browns. He was intercepted three times and posted a passer rating of 38.7.

And had the Steelers not won on Sunday, fingers would have been pointed at Batch for missing a wide-open Mike Wallace in the end zone in the first half. But Batch came through when it counted most, completing his last seven passes, including 4-for-4 on the 12-play drive that took Pittsburgh to the game-winning field goal by Shaun Suisham as time expired.

After Suisham’s kick, Batch and Roethlisberger embraced on the sideline, with Batch burying his face in Roethlisberger’s shoulder while he was clearly sobbing, overcome by the emotion of leading his team to a victory that meant so much — because of the rivalry with the Ravens, because of Pittsburgh’s tenuous playoff position, because of wanting to make up for the week before.

And also — with Roethlisberger likely returning next week — because this might have been the last game Batch plays in the NFL.

“I think every game I got out there, I look at it that way,” Batch said, according to The New York Times. “I wanted this opportunity because I played poorly last week, and I wanted the opportunity to come out there and prove it and lead this team. I’ve been in the league 15 years. I’ve been a starter in this league, and the one thing you can’t do is dwell on the past.”

Batch finished 25 of 36 for 276 yards.

"We were able to do something nobody thought we were able to do, outside of our locker room," Batch told NBC's Carolynn Manno after the game (via Shutdown Corner). "We came down here, we knew it was going to be a 60-minute ballgame. We see everybody fought — offense, defense, special teams — and we put the thing together. … We know we're a team. We know we didn't put our best performance last week. We knew in order for us to get to where we want to get to, and that's a shot at the tournament, we knew we had to come in here and get this. And no matter how it unfolds, we know that come December, we have to win football games and it started today."

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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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