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Emphasis is on better start in 2nd preseason game


Emphasis is on better start in 2nd preseason game

Going into the second preseason game Friday night vs. the Detroit Lions, the Ravens likely will be keyed up to make a big impression.

The same goes for the Lions as neither team's first unit appeared in sync in their openers last week.

In a come-from-behind 31-17 win at the Atlanta Falcons, the Ravens fell behind 17-7 at the half. The Lions' first-team offense failed to register a point in a 19-17 loss to the Cleveland Browns.

Both teams are determined to get off to a better start. After two fights broke out at the Ravens' training camp earlier this week, all signs point to a team that's eager to hit someone in another jersey:

Key matchup: The Lions already have established they can throw the with a 5,000-yard passing quarterback Matthew Stafford, but their backfield is in disarray. They won't have Jahvid Best, who might be forced to retire because of concussions. Their No. 1 back hasn't played since October and will miss at least the first six games of the regular season. The Ravens' vaunted defense instead will face the likes of the unproven Kevin Smith, Keiland Williams, Joique Bell and Stefan Logan.

Musical chairs: Where will Bryant McKinnie end up? The starting left tackle last season has been listed No. 1 at the position on the depth chart all week but practiced with the second team Wednesday. Harbaugh hinted that he's still experimenting with different lineups. Michael Oher, usually the right tackle, practiced with the first team there while rookie Kelechi Osemele occupied Oher's former spot.

In this corner: Jimmy Smith, who injured is back earlier in the month and has yet to play in the preseason, is expected to see his first action at cornerback. Just how good and deep is this secondary that already has Ed Reed, Lardarius Webb, Asa Jackson, Cary Williams and Christian Thompson? Lions receiver Calvin Johnson led the NFL with more than 1,600 yards last season. He'll certainly test it.

Who's No. 3?: Without Ed Dickson (right shoulder sprain) or Dennis Pitta (broken right hand), rookies Matt Balasavage and Bruce Figgins, Davon Drew and Billy Bajema have a chance to solidify a roster spot. Bajema, 30, is by far the most experienced.

Prediction: Ravens 28, Lions 10

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Ravens lower concession prices at M&T Bank Stadium ahead of 2018 season


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.