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Five early thoughts on Ravens at Dolphins

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Five early thoughts on Ravens at Dolphins

Five early thoughts on Ravens (4-7) vs. Dolphins (4-7), who meet Sunday (1 p.m.) in Florida:

1. The Dolphins will feature some new wrinkles with a new offensive coordinator.

Bill Lazor was fired Monday and replaced by Zac Taylor, who was promoted from quarterbacks coach. The Dolphins need a spark, ranked 27th in the NFL in both total offense and points per game. They’re hoping Taylor finds the key to unlock quarterback Ryan Tannehill’s potential. Tannehill can watch tape of the Ravens this season and see them getting torched for big plays. That’s a trend the Ravens’ secondary needs to stop Sunday.

2. South Florida has been very, very good to the Ravens.

This is the third straight season the Ravens are facing the Dolphins on the road, with the Ravens winning the previous two meetings. Ravens coach John Harbaugh had the heat turned up in the Ravens’ indoor practice facility Wednesday, getting ready for the Florida weather. The players noticed.

“Muggy, stuffy, hard to breathe – those are all the words that were used,” Harbaugh said, smiling. “I don’t know if there’s any science behind it, but it makes sense to me.”

3. Sunday will be a homecoming for Ravens receiver Kamar Aiken, having his best NFL season.

Aiken is the one Ravens receiver (43 receptions, 536 yards, four touchdowns) who has taken advantage of his opportunity this season. He went to high school in Hollywood, Fla, and to college at Central Florida. He’ll have friends and family in the house, and quarterback Matt Schaub will be looking Aiken’s way.

“Kamar does run crisp routes, and he doesn’t confuse the quarterback with his breaks, and he has shown the ability to have strong hands and go attack the football and not wait on the football,” said Schaub. “You’ve got to love that as a quarterback.”

4. These teams are trending in different directions.

 The Dolphins have lost four of their last five. The Ravens have won three of their last four – the lone defeat being the controversial last-play loss to the Jaguars, after a missed call by the officials.

“I don’t think we’re satisfied yet,” said Ravens linebacker Elvis Dumervil. “But I think we are headed in the right direction.”

5. Both Harbaugh and Schaub have 5-0 career records vs. the Dolphins.

That may not have much bearing on Sunday’s game. But it’s a fact that neither Harbaugh nor Schaub have a problem with.

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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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