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Eagles' scheme wide opportunity for Ravens?

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Eagles' scheme wide opportunity for Ravens?

When you see the Eagles line up on defense against the Ravens Sunday, youll often notice the odd placement of defensive ends Jason Babin and Trent Cole. They will be far outside the Ravens offensive tackles, as if they were lining up against another player who was next to the tackle.

This is called the wide nine. CSNwashington.coms Rich Tandler explained it quite well last season. As Rich said, the whole idea is to get a running start for the defensive ends on the way to the quarterback, putting pressure on the offensive tackles.

With the gaps such a defense creates, youd think teams would exploit the interior running spaces. But the Eagles werent especially vulnerable to the run last year. Philadelphia gave up 4.4 yards per rush, which was about the league average. And the wide nine didnt make the eyes of offensive coordinators go wide with thoughts of running the ball. Opponents ran 414 times against the Eagles, only the 21st highest total in the NFL.

The Eagles did tie for the leagues most sacks in 2011, with 50, two more than the Ravens. (But this is one of those great things about stats: The team that tied Philly for most sacks was the dreadful Vikings.)

With the Ravens no-huddle offense, the Eagles may find it harder to adjust their defense part of the raison detre of the no-huddle which could make some of those open spaces available. Clear out the defensive tackle, block the linebacker while the end has basically swung so wide hes out of the play and slip Ray Rice through the hole, either on a draw or a slip screen but thats just my simple football mind.

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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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