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Early Game 1 predictions

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Early Game 1 predictions

Nowadays, there seems to be something dealing with mathematics when trying to look at stats or probabilities from things that happen in NFL games or with teams.
This wont be one of those times. But its just going to be some predictions about what we might see in Mondays season opener with the Bengals on national television.
Sometimes, things can be as easy as one, two, three. And thats the format well use here. This is a look at three things I think youll see Monday night.
First, the defense will have an up and down night. Theres no question the talents there. There is questions involving that talent in certain spots. We didnt see much of a pass rush in certain spots in pre-season, but the Ravens certainly were not going to show all of their cards in games that mean nothing. The pass rush will do better, but theres a lot of questions involving new players and guys in different spots. Theres too many new parts to expect the defense to look as strong as last year right away.
Second, the offense will surprise you theyll be very good. Heres betting that quarterback Joe Flacco will show why he deserves a new contract, and running back Ray Rice will show why we should be glad the team signed him to one. And Torrey Smith will make you start to worry about making sure the Ravens dont lose him either. Those are three dynamic players who can really carry this offense. The no-huddle is a good style for Flacco, and if the Ravens stick with it, hell take off.
Third, Justin Tucker will get off to a good start. Dont expect him to make every kick. No one can. What the Ravens need is for him to be a consistent kicker and nail the long-distance kicks more than Billy Cundiff did. Tucker can do it, and by the end of this season, the coaches are going to look pretty smart for that move they made.
PREDICTION: Ravens 31, Bengals 27. The Ravens still have enough depth to get by Cincinnatibut it wont be easy.

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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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