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Broncos ready for rematch with Ravens

Broncos ready for rematch with Ravens

DENVER (AP) Peyton Manning will have to wait until next season to face the Indianapolis Colts.

His old team lost 24-9 at Baltimore in the AFC wild-card game Sunday. So the Ravens (11-6) will visit Denver next weekend to face the Broncos (13-3), the AFC's top seed.

Had the Colts won, there would have been a circus-like atmosphere all week in Denver in anticipation of the reunion between the Broncos quarterback and the team he played with for 14 seasons before their split last spring.

Instead, the Broncos get a chance to send Ray Lewis into retirement Saturday.

Manning will face the Colts sometime next season in Indianapolis - the exact date won't be known until the 2013 schedule comes out.

The Broncos are coming off a bye and riding an 11-game winning streak that includes a 34-17 win at Baltimore in Week 15.

``It matters in the fact that you have film from having played them and you know them a little better than you know Indy,'' Broncos tight end Jacob Tamme said. ``But we would know Indy just as well as any other team we play in the playoffs. So, at the end of the day, it doesn't matter.''

The Ravens weren't at full strength last month. Sunday marked the first time all season that they had defensive playmakers Lewis, Ed Reed, Terrell Suggs and Haloti Ngata on the field together.

``It means nothing that we beat them in the regular season. I know we beat them pretty good, but in the playoffs it's just a different game,'' wide receiver Brandon Stokley said.

Like Tamme, Stokley is a former teammate of Manning's in Indy, and he said the four-time MVP and the rest of the Broncos know better than to let their guard down now.

``That was the same scenario against Pittsburgh when Peyton and I were in Indy. We whipped them pretty good and we played them a couple of weeks later after a bye and they beat us in the playoffs, you know?'' Stokley said. ``So it doesn't matter what you did in the regular season.''

Asked last week if he'd watch the Colts game with anything more than a technical interest, Manning said: ``I've always watched the playoff games. It's certainly one of the three teams that we could play. It's an exciting time for football.''

The Broncos worked all of last week as they prepared for the possibility of facing the Colts, Bengals and Ravens, and they had a team lift on Saturday. They return to work Monday.

Notes: The AFC's final four - Denver, Baltimore, New England and Houston - is the same as last year. ... Since John Elway retired, the Broncos are 2-1 in home playoff games with wins over New England in `05 and Pittsburgh last year. They also lost the AFC title game to the Steelers in January 2006. ... Manning is 6-4 at home in the playoffs. By comparison, Elway was 9-2. ... Of this year's 12 playoff teams, seven used iPad playbooks: the Broncos, Bengals, Colts and Ravens in the AFC and the Packers, Redskins and Seahawks in the NFC. In all, 14 of the 32 teams used the tablets this year. A bunch more teams are expected to ditch the old three-ring binders next year when the league makes game film available in high definition.

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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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