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CB Jimmy Smith seeing double


CB Jimmy Smith seeing double

Though Jimmy Smith has the size and ability to be a starting cornerback for the Ravens, the second-year player must improve his technique.

Starting in place of Lardarius Webb, who is out of the season with a torn knee ligament, Smith was beaten badly twice by Houston Texans receiver Kevin Walter in Sunday's 43-13 victory.

"Jimmy played well, except for the double moves," coach John Harbaugh said of him vs. Houston. "He did a nice job, but you can't get beat on double moves. He knows that. That's going to be his issue going forward."

Webb was injured two weeks ago against the Dallas Cowboys, and Smith came in to fill the void as they held on for a 31-29 victory.

He was immediately burned by Miles Austin for what likely would have been a touchdown of 60-plus yards, but quarterback Tony Romo didn't look to that side of the field.

The defense is struggling overall to stop teams from having extended drives. The linebackers have been retooled since the Ravens lost Ray Lewis in the same game that Webb, their best cover corner, went down.

Smith, who at 6-2 a few inches taller and about 20 pounds heavier than Webb, tends to rely on his physical advantages in coverage, but Harbaugh would like to see him cover underneath and down field equally well. Corey Graham is used in nickel packages in Webb's place.

"You have to try to find a way to cover those stop routes but still be on top of the deep routes," Harbaugh said, going back to Smith's problems in the Texans game. "Corey did a nice job in the slot. He was solid in the slot and played well."

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Ravens lower concession prices at M&T Bank Stadium ahead of 2018 season


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.