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Do you believe stats on Ravens minus Lewis?

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Do you believe stats on Ravens minus Lewis?

The statistics say the Ravens defense is better off without Ray Lewis. According to ESPN numbers reported by Jamison Hensley:

*The Ravens are 7-1 in games without Lewis since 2006.

*Over the same time frame, with Lewis on the field, the Ravens have allowed a touchdown every 40.5 plays. Without, they have allowed one TD per 59.2 plays.

*The yards allowed per play over those seasons has been 4.9 with Lewis, 4.3 without.

Of course, there’s also this, to quote Charlie Brown: “Tell your statistics to shut up.”

*One Texan got a fine, but another avoided one.

Safety Danieal Manning was socked with a $15,000 fine for, well, socking one of the Packers last weekend. He punched Packers offensive tackle Marshall Newhouse while they were in a pile.

However, defensive end J.J. Watt avoided having to write a check to the league for taking off Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ helmet. Pro Football Talk said Watt got away with a play that should have cost him.

*You have to go down 35 places in the league’s total yards per game leaders before you come upon a name that doesn’t belong to a quarterback. At No. 35 is the Chiefs’ Jamaal Charles, with 119.3, and the Ravens’ Ray Rice is basically tied with him at 119.2. In 42nd — and the fourth-ranked running back after Charles, Rice and the Giants' Ahmad Bradshaw — is the Texans’ Arian Foster at 105.5.

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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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