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Can the defense keep it up?

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Can the defense keep it up?

Can the defense do it against versus the Rams?
The defense looked very good in Thursdays 48-17 rout of Jacksonville. But the big question now is how good they really are at this point. This week's game against the Rams, the final pre-season test, should give us an idea.
The Rams also are not nearly the Lions or Falcons, but the defense played much better than in the first two weeks, especially because the players were kind of looking at this like what they called a dress rehearsal for the season opener with the Bengals in two weeks.
Were putting it all together now, cornerback Lardarius Webb said after the Detroit game. Were coming in, and were just taking our time with it, and weve been more focused right now and knowing whats going on. I can see where were going, where were headed.

The defense certainly looked good in that game. They did what the Ravens do best swarming to the ball, creating problems and even rushing the quarterback better than the first two games, when they hardly got into the backfield.
They'll want to do more of the same against the Rams, who have a number of good young players on offense under new coach Jeff Fisher.
Ive seen where we came from and where were going to be at by the first game, Webb said. The guys came outwith confidence through the roof, and they played like it. Im a young guy, but I like what I see with where were at right now.
But the defense certainly looked more like the Ravens of old. Dont be lulled to sleep and think the defense is ready to carry the team to the Super Bowl just because the Ravens shut down the Jaguars.
The good news is that they did a lot of things better. Now, can they do it again this week against the Rams? Thats the next question.
I loved it, said Haloti Ngata after the Jacksonville game. The guys were flying around to the ball. They were playing Ravens defense.

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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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