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Five career milestones Ravens can reach this season

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Five career milestones Ravens can reach this season

As the Ravens prepare for the second half of their season, here are five career milestones within reach:

1. John Harbaugh can become the Ravens’ all-time winningest coach.

Harbaugh has 74 regular-season victories, closing in on Brian Billick (80). The Ravens would love to see Harbaugh pass Billick because that would mean the Ravens going either 7-1 or 8-0 the rest of the way.

2. Elvis Dumervil can reach 100 career sacks.

It’s going to be tough for Dumervil, who has 92 ½ career sacks, but just 2 ½ this year. No player has been more significantly impacted by the loss of Terrell Suggs (torn Achilles) than Dumervil. Opponents are free to double-team Dumervil without fear of paying the price. The Ravens hope to devise more schemes in the second half that create one-on-one matchups for Dumervil. If he reaches 100 sacks this season, the Ravens’ pass rush will be a problem for quarterbacks.

3. Joe Flacco can have his first 4,000-yard season.

Flacco is on pace to break 4,000, with 2,176 passing yards. But this is a double-edged sword. Surpassing 4,000 yards for Flacco would means the Ravens’ passing attack didn’t disappear without Steve Smith (torn Achilles), who is done for the year. However, the Ravens are 4-6 the last 10 times Flacco has thrown for more than 300 yards. The Ravens need to throw the ball when they want to, not because they’re behind and have to throw.

4. Daryl Smith can surpass 100 tackles for the third consecutive year.

That’s something Smith has never done.  But with 76 tackles already, tied for third most in the NFL, Smith should race past 100 tackles if he stays healthy. Hard to believe Smith has never played in a Pro Bowl at inside linebacker, considering the 12-year career he has put together.

“It’s crazy,” said Dumervil. “He’s a remarkable player. I remember being in Denver watching him, and I was a fan of his at that time. He’s a great athlete, great teammate. He does a lot of special things for us. It is pretty sad that he doesn’t get more recognition.”

5. Justin Forsett can have back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons for the first time.

Forsett (562 yards) is 10th in the league in rushing, and has 17 carries of at least 10 yards, tying Giovani Bernard of the Bengals for fifth-most in the league. At age 30, Forsett still has quickness and speed, and the offensive line wants to make sure Forsett gets his 1,000. He should if he stays healthy.

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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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