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Fast starts key to Harbaugh's success


Fast starts key to Harbaugh's success

The Ravens have won 44 games in coach John Harbaugh's first four seasons.

The key to this good run, which has resulted in four consecutive playoff appearances and two berths in the AFC championship game?

Getting off to good starts. Harbaugh is 4-0 in openers.

Last year, the Ravens had a 35-7 rout of the Pittsburgh Steelers, an AFC North rival, in the season opener. The Steelers were coming off a conference championship and Super Bowl appearance.

In 2010, the Ravens opened with 10-9 win against the New York Jets, who had made a run to the AFC title game the previous season.

In the past two seasons, the Ravens have begun by winning four of their first five games.

Harbaugh's first game as coach in 2008 was against the Cincinnati Bengals, who the Ravens open against Monday night, for a 17-10 victory.

The Ravens beat the Bengals twice last season 31-24 and 24-16 en route to winning all six division games.

"We go back and we rely on a lot of the previous stuff from last year from our games and other games they've played that we think apply," Harbaugh said of his preparation for Cincinnati. "I'm sure they do the same thing with us."

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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.