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The defense good but far from perfect

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The defense good but far from perfect

The defense had a great second half in Mondays rout of the Bengals, but as Ray Lewis said afterwards, they werent perfect.
Nor should they expect to be that way. Due to the way things are in the NFL, teams and rosters change every season. Teams look and play differently from year to year. In the old days, the Ravens probably wouldnt have made many changes at all in recent years. But those days are gone.
The Ravens, as has been noted many times, lost some key players to free agency. They lost Terrell Suggs to an injury. And they looked a little off in the first half Monday night before pulling together in the second half.
Can you replace Terrell Suggs? Absolutely not, you dont even look to replace a Terrell Suggs, Lewis said afterwards. But, you can get a young Paul Kruger and you can get a younger Courtney Upshaw to start picking up his level of play.
Lewis said the contributions from all those places are reasons the team found some success on defense Monday night. Coach John Harbaugh talked after the game about how the Bengals were able to run the ball a little too effectively, especially in the first half.
But that started to change in the second half. They made a big stop and then forced two turnovers that turned the game around. Thats been their secret for years. The defense not only makes plays, but they come up with big ones at the right time. It's uncanny.
Overall, the defense gave a pretty good performance in the season opener. The run defense needs to get better, and Lewis talked after the game about those saying the Baltimore defense might be too old.
For the record, Lewis led everyone with 14 tackles, and Ed Reed returned an Andy Dalton pass for a TD after picking it off.
People talk about Ed aging, and people talk about my age, Lewis said. But our numbers speak for themselves when we talk about where we will be when this game is over individually and as a 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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