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Defense looks for QB pressure

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Defense looks for QB pressure

One statistic which caught peoples attention in last Mondays game was sacks. Since many were worried about how well the Ravens would fare with pressure on the quarterback, sacking Cincinnatis Andy Dalton four times made many happy.
But that stat was helped because the Ravens didnt have to worry about the run for a good part of the second half since they had jumped out to a 21-point lead late in the third quarter. Defensive coordinator Dean Pees said the pass rush is still evolving and trying to get better and do more this season.
I think its OK, Pees said when talking to the media earlier this week. Its now where we want it to be yet. For the four-man rush, we got some pressure on him the other day. We got a couple of sacks. Were still working on it. I think its still a work in progress.
Pees said the coaches are still going to work on shifting people and parts around to find the best spots.
Thats normal for any team in any season. Its even more typical of a team thats lost a pass-rusher like Terrell Suggs. Hes out, and the Ravens cant complain about that they certainly know this but theyve got to adjust to life without Sizzle.
At least for now.
Weretrying to find out who really belongs where and who can give us the best effect and maybe what we can do scheme-wise to help some of those guys, Pees said. I think were OK, just have to keep improving in that area, too.
Sunday will give the defense and its pass rush another test with the always-mobile Michael Vick under center for the Eagles in the seasons second game. This is one of those games where getting pressure could be almost as good as getting a sack. Rush him, get in the guys face, and dont let him sit back there and do whatever. Sacks would be nice, but the pressure would be almost as effective.

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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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