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Defense fed up with soft image

Now that the sting has had a few days to set in, the Ravens look back at the running assault against the defense as an insult.

They've been exploited for more than 200 yards rushing in two consecutive games going into Sunday's game at the Houston Texans. Defensive coordinator Dean Pees, in his first season in the role at Baltimore, has got to figure something out because it'll be a recurring problem if the defense fails again.

"It really is," linebacker Paul Kruger said when asked if he believes the defense is starting to take being pushed around personally. "This is what we do everyday so we take a lot of pride in what we do. We're definitely going to be changing what we're doing, changing our attitude about it to get things back to where they need to be."

Even though a lot of Ravens (5-1) contend their record is the only thing matters, particularly after an ugly 9-6 win at the Kansas City Chiefs two weeks ago, the defense is starting to sing a different tune. They're ranked 26th in total defense, allowing 396.7 yards per game.

"Hell yeah, I've been irked about it since Week 1. We gave all them yards against Cincinnati," defensive end Pernell McPhee said of the 129 yards relinquished in the opener. "It's been the same every week. It's always personal.

"It's just like (Pees) says, it's our name that upholds this defense. You don't want to have a bad name or people look at you, 'That's the Baltimore Ravens who can't stop the run.' You don't want that image."

When the Dallas Cowboys ran a 14-play drive that cut the deficit to 24-20 in the third quarteron Sunday, they ran the ball 10 times. The Ravens were able to pull out the 31-29 victory, but the message was loud and clear.

"That's letting you know, 'We're man-handling y'all,'" McPhee said.

To right the ship, they're going to have to contain the Texans' Arian Foster, arguably the NFL's best running back.

"It's like any other situation. It's a challenge," linebacker Albert McClelllan. "You always got to look at the situation to beat the challenge, overcome the odds."

McPhee took it a step beyond that, calling into question the defense's manhood.

"Any man who plays defense," he said, "they wouldn't want this (expletive) to happen. What's happening to us, its too much."

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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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