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Cameron jazzes up play calls

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Cameron jazzes up play calls

After the Ravens went deep for a 52-yard pass on their first play from scrimmage, they continued to sprinkle in some unpredictability with reverses.

That came on the Ravens' second series, and it almost led to a fumble as Anquan Boldin botched the handoff to Jacoby Jones.

The result: A 10-yard loss.

While all the talk surrounding the Ravens' 44-13 win vs. the Cincinnati Bengals in the opener was about the hurry-up offense, overlooked was that they took a lot of chances.

Later in that same drive, there was a fourth-and-1 at the Bengals' end of the field and the Ravens didn't hesitate to go for it. They got it, barely, in a surprising pass play to running back Ray Rice as he made a difficult catch falling down.

The Ravens, determined not to settle for another field goal like they had on the first drive after Torrey's Smith big catch, scored a touchdown as Rice ran into the end zone from seven yards out.

It was very un-Ravens like. They used the pass to set up the run, and the reverses to confound the opposing defense.

"I've never been a gimmick guy," offensive coordinator Cam Cameron said Thursday about the end-around plays. "I've never been a trickery guy. It's all been strategic. We are just looking for strategic ways to get guys the football in space, to complement our running game, to tie things together.

"The ability to either give it to him or not give it to him, and then have the ability to be able run off of those looks, and throw off those looks, it's strictly just what we do. Sometimes defenses can take a guy away in the passing game, but sometimes you just have to hand it to him and let him do his thing."

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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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