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Defense looking for answers after opener

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Defense looking for answers after opener

There were several things in the exhibition opener that probably caused some concern for coach John Harbaugh and his staff. The troubles of the Ravens starting defense was likely near the top of the list.
Theres always problems in the first exhibition game. Thats normal, but when the Falcon offense moved up and down the field as easily as they did in just over a quarter Thursday night in Atlanta, concern is understandable.
They did a great job against our defensive scheme, Harbaugh said when talking the media after the game. Matt Ryan took his offense right down the field against us a couple of times, which was disappointing.
Ryan especially had little trouble moving the ball through the air. His receivers, especially Julio Jones and Roddy White, not only found room to run but made some good catches against a secondary that gave the Ravens a strong effort in 2011.
Jones finished with six catches for 109 yards and one touchdown while White added three more receptions for 46 yards. Ryan ended up completing nine of 13 for 146 yards plus a touchdown and an interception.
They definitely have some playmakers on their team, Harbaugh said. As a unit, we have lots to look at and lots to improve upon.
In addition, one reason the secondary had some trouble was that the guys up front werent able to put a whole lot of pressure on Ryan. Now, before everyone panics, please realize that the Ravens are not going to show all of their defensive cards in the first exhibition game one month before the season begins.
But they are going to have to get more pressure than they did. Ryan found plenty of time to throw the ball. They did go with a bunch of quick passes, but the Ravens need to improve there. It will be interesting to see what happens in the second game.

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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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