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DE Jones prefers playing inside

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DE Jones prefers playing inside

Without Pernell McPhee in the lineup, the Ravens likely will juggle the defensive line again.

Arthur Jones is the backup at McPhee's position of defensive end, but he was moved around a lot last week. So was Haloti Ngata and Terrell Suggs.

That'll likely happen against Sunday vs. the Oakland Raiders with McPhee's thigh injury keeping him out for the second week in a row.

After giving up an average of 207 rushing yards in the previous three games, the Ravens showed improvement in last week's 25-15 win at the Cleveland Browns who were held to 116.

McPhee only had one-half sack after six last season. Jones doesn't have any, but he prefers playing inside while Ngata gets shifted outside.

"When we get into trouble is when guys try to do too much including myself. You want to make all the plays," Jones said. "Sometimes you might think a guy is going to cut inside, you get out of your gap and now your gap is open. If we keep playing technique sound everything is going to be OK."

Jones, a third-year player who was a nose tackle at Syracuse, actually prefers playing inside. He was on the field for 39 plays against Cleveland, or 56%, of the Ravens' offense. Ngata has be struggling with a shoulder injury for several weeks.

"I played nose in college. I can rush a lot better inside than out. I'm a bigger body guy," Jones said. "Out there at the five its a lot harder to get to the quarterback. Inside everything's a lot quicker."

The Raiders won't have Darren McFadden, who'll sit out because of a high ankle sprain last week. They also won't have No. 2 running back Mike Goodson, who has the same injury.

"It doesn't matter," Jones said. "We've faced some good backs this year and we've won most of them."


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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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