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Bullseye on CB Jimmy Smith

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Bullseye on CB Jimmy Smith

Getting his first start of the season Sunday, Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith will have his work cut out.

Against the Houston Texans, he'll be facing one of the league's most potent but balanced offenses.

"Everybody knows that Andre Johnson is a top-ranked receiver in the league," said Smith, who will be filling in for Lardarius Webb who tore a knee ligament last week and is out for the season. "(Kevin) Walter, I think he's really, really good. He's been in the league for a long time and knows how to get the job done and they're both big, physical receivers."

Smith was challenged instantly against the Dallas Cowboys, when he came in for Webb who went down at the end of the first quarter. Tony Romo, however, never realized that Miles Austin had Smith beaten deep for what likely would've been a touchdown and instead threw to the opposite side of the field. But Smith also made his share of plays, too.

He has been bothered by an abdominal strain from the Cowboys game, and had limited practice participation Thursday.

At 6-foor-22 and 210 pounds, he's four inches taller than Webb and 30 pounds heavier, giving the Ravens a different look.

"'Webby is a smaller player, so comparing him to other corners is a little different because he's crafty in a sense that he'll be physical with you but he has such good feet and such good eyes and great balance and awareness that he can make those plays," Smith said. "A corner my size, we like to be more physical and stay closer to the receiver."
 
A 2011 first-round draft pick, Smith made just three starts as a rookie. The Texans run the ball with Arian Foster more than they pass, but quarterback Matt Schaub is capable of 300-yard games at any time.

Smith expects to get picked on by Schaub immediately.

"Absolutely. I'm a second-year corner," Smith said. "They're definitely going to attack me, but I've got to strap it on and be ready."

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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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