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Block party for Texans defense

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Block party for Texans defense

Was Dikembe Mutombo playing for the Texans against the Ravens on Sunday?

Houston was swatting down so many of Joe Flacco’s passes on the way to its 43-13 victory, it was like Mutombo back in the lane of an NBA game, blocking shots on any approach to the rim. All that was missing was the finger wag after a pass was rejected.

Defensive end J.J. Watt is particularly adept at deflecting the ball. He’s 6 feet 5, with good hops for a defensive lineman. But Watt wasn’t the only one of the Texans batting Flacco’s throws.

Was this a matter of the Ravens offensive line not getting those hands down? One particular replay by CBS was telling: Tackle Michael Oher tried to go low and chop down a Houston defensive lineman on a quick slant pass, but Oher just ended up going straight to the turf, blocking nothing the hash mark.

During the telecast, analyst Dan Dierdorf, a Hall of Fame offensive tackle, said how, in his day, an offensive lineman presented with a leaping defender in front of him would view it as a free shot at the midsection or maybe a chance take the opponent’s legs out from under him. You could see how that might act as something of a deterrent.

But whatever the tactic, either the Ravens offensive line wasn’t using it or it wasn’t effective. As a result, the Texans defense could wave a collective finger in the face of Flacco and the Baltimore offense.

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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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