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Defense tips Palmer's passes, hurts Oakland's air game

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Defense tips Palmer's passes, hurts Oakland's air game

Paul Kruger said defense spent time this week practicing trying to tip passes. Well, practice made perfect on Sunday.

The Ravens tipped six Carson Palmer passes, one of which Kruger turned into an interception that set up a second-quarter field goal as Baltimore rolled to an easy 55-20 victory over Oakland Sunday afternoon. 

Palmer has torched the Ravens before during his days with the Bengals and made a lot of good plays in this game, completing 29 of 45 for 368 yards plus two touchdowns. But the Ravens did a good job of pressuring him and making life tougher. The front line really worked at jumping up and getting in Palmer's face, tipping those six balls to ruin those plays.

"Six tipped balls," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "That is something that has been an emphasis for our [defensive] front going forward. I thought those guys did a real nice job in that."

Terrell Suggs again played well, and he knocked two balls away, destroying a swing pass Palmer was trying to throw. Kruger deflected a Palmer pass into the air and caught it for an interception in the second quarter which led to a field goal and a 20-3 lead. 

Kruger talked about how defensive coordinator Dean Pees also had been pushing the importance of trying to knock passes down.

"It's something Dean Pees has been harping on us all week," Kruger said. "We've been practicing it. It's a credit to the coaches, to just [make] sure we had all the little things in our minds. That really paid off today."

Kruger had a good game all the way around, finishing with two sacks and six tackles -- although one of the sacks came when Palmer tripped and fell while the Raiders were going for it on fourth down in the first quarter -- as the Ravens had players flying all over the place throughout the game. 

The defense turned in a solid performance that they can use to feel better heading to Pittsburgh next week.

"Having a victory like this is a huge motivator and confidence boost," he said. "Big win today."

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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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