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Defense benefits from total team effort

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Defense benefits from total team effort

The Ravens have gotten some good games from their offense this year. They've also taken advantage of good work from the defense.

But the big problem is both haven't often come at the same time.

That did happen on Sunday in the 55-20 rout of the Raiders, improving Baltimore's record to 7-2. The Ravens finally were able to benefit from strong performances on both sides of the ball, plus an even better one from special teams.

"The point-scoring and everything else, it’s good to throw 55 on the board or whatever, but at the same time, you’ve got to know when you put that on, you put a target on your back. When you put that on the board and you put that on film, you put a target on your back," said safety Bernard Pollard after Sunday's game when talking to the media. "So, I just think for us, like I said, this is the closest to 60 minutes that we’ve played all year as a team, and we have to build from this. "

The consistency of offense, defense and special teams is something the Ravens have taken advantage of since John Harbaugh arrived on the scene. They've been solid most of the time in all parts of the lineup.

But the defense hasn't found that yet this year. The injuries to players like Ray Lewis, Lardarius Webb and others -- yesterday saw Haloti Ngata and Jimmy Smith out even though they dressed -- really disrupted the lineup on defense.

However, the bye week plus games against weaker teams like the Browns and Raiders helped the defense find its footing a little in recent weeks. Pollard said the Ravens now have to keep doing what they've been doing on defense, in practice and in games, to keep getting wins. 

"We have to stack the weeks as far as practice," he said. "We have to have exceptional practices. We have to. It’s a must for us to play this type of football that we play.”

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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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