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Bynes moves up quickly

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Bynes moves up quickly

In a flash, Josh Bynes jumps from the practice squad to No. 2 on the depth chart for Sunday's game at the Houston Texans.

The Ravens linebacker will suit up for the first time because of the season-ending triceps tear of Ray Lewis last week.

Bynes was undrafted in 2011 and had to overcome a cracked vertebrae on his spine during training camp.

"It's just going to be the same as we did last year," said Bynes, who played once while Lewis was out four games with turf toe when the Ravens went 4-0. "When I came up it was Jameel (McClain) and Elle (Dannell Ellerbe) step up and did what we did as a defense.

"We can't think about our leader being down. ... We've been in the same position before and we did really well. I think we'll do excellent this week."

Bynes is listed as McClain's backup at middle linebacker. Sergio Kindle, who has played in just one game this season, is Albert McClellan's backup at strong-side linebacker.

Kindle was supposed to be Baltimore's prized draft pick in 2010, but he has played in a total of three games and missed his rookie season with a head injury.  His roster spot was in question with the pending return of linebacker Terrell Suggs, but that's probably not the case anymore because of Lewis' injury.

"We just got confidence in each and every player on this team regardless of who goes down," Bynes said. "The next man will step up and do his job. .. That's the greatest thing about this team. We're going to execute very well  and going to go out there and do what we're supposed to do against the Texans."

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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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