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Despite loss, Justin Tucker delivers

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Despite loss, Justin Tucker delivers

By Tom Worgo
CSNbaltimore.com

Philadelphia Ravens rookie kicker Justin Tucker hasnt had to attempt a field with the game on the line yet.

The Ravens are increasingly confident that when that happens, he will come through.

He was one of the bright spots in Baltimore 24-23 loss to Philadelphia Sunday. Tucker kicked field goals of 56, 51 and 48 yards.

The Ravens almost set up a game-winning opportunity, but Baltimore gave up the ball on downs on Philadelphias 46 with 50 seconds remaining.
Tucker said he needed about five more yards to be within his range. His confidence appears to be growing with every standout performance.

My range would probably extend to the upper 60s on a good day, said Tucker, who the Ravens signed as a free agent out of the University of Texas. You dont put too much emphasis on the distance. Its just another attempt. Harbaugh is always stressing to us to keep stacking good days.

He showed off his booming leg with four seconds remaining in the first half when he converted the 56-yarder to put the Ravens ahead, 17-7.

I feel I hit it pretty good, Tucker said. I was pretty fired up to hit a good kick today. I was just looking at it as another kick. With my particular job description, you really have got to have no emotion. You just got to have a poker face every single attempt.

It looked like Tucker would have a chip shot to attempt early in the fourth quarter, but linebacker DeMeco Ryan sacked Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco on 3rd-and-9 at the 15.

It was a 13-yard loss so it made the kick attempt 51 yards. No problem at all for Tucker.

Tucker capped another fine day with a 48-yard kick with 4:43 remaining in the final quarter.

"He was great, Harbaugh said. Three field goals. All tough ones. He kicked off great. He kicked great."

Tucker also booted three field goals, including a nifty 44-yarder, in the Ravens season-opening win over Cincinnati.

So far, the 22-year-old is a perfect 6-for-6 in field goals and 7-for-7 in extra points. That performance has been good enough to erase any lingering doubts Baltimore made a mistake when it cut 9-year veteran and current Redskins kicker Billy Cundiff.

Tuckers nearly flawless preseason made the choice clear, though. He converted six of seven attempts with his only miss coming from 57 yards.

He stays calm, Ravens punter Sam Koch, who also doubles as the holder. He is keeping his mind and his head in it. You can say he is hitting every ball where he wants to hit it. But he is still young and has to go through some adversity.

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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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