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Five ways that Suggs' loss will impact Ravens

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Five ways that Suggs' loss will impact Ravens

SAN JOSE – The Ravens would wake up Monday in Califonia, and realize that Terrell Suggs’ season-ending Achilles injury was reality, and not just a bad dream. Here are five ways that losing an impact outside linebacker in Suggs will impact the Ravens’ season:

1.  The Ravens are no longer a trendy pick for the Super Bowl.

How quickly things change. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is not serving a four-game suspension, and New England is 1-0. Suggs is done for the year, and the Ravens are 0-1. A few weeks ago, the Ravens were a popular AFC favorite among national media. Without Suggs, they’ll be plenty of people jumping off the Ravens’ bandwagon.

2. Courtney Upshaw and Za’Darius Smith, get ready for your close-up.

Both outside linebackers will play more, and become more important to the Ravens’ defense. Smith was a healthy scratch against the Broncos, but he will likely be Sunday against the Raiders. The Ravens hope their fourth-round pick will develop as a pass-rusher – quickly. As for Upshaw, he has long wanted more playing time and responsibility. Now he’ll get it, but can Upshaw become more proficient as a pass rusher, and not just a run stopper?

3.  Elvis Dumervil will see more double-teams

Dumervil and Suggs gave the Ravens one of the NFL’s best pass-rushing combos. Having them as bookend linebackers kept opposing teams from focusing on just one. Now Dumervil will lineup for the first time as a Raven without Suggs as his running mate. Dumervil is a great player, but he may be the Raven who misses Suggs’ presence the most.

4. The Ravens will likely blitz more.

Suggs could often whip the player trying to block him, meaning the Ravens didn’t have to blitz to get pressure on quarterbacks. Now defensive coordinator Dean Pees may have to call more blitzes to get the pass rush he wants. As a result, the Ravens may still get to the quarterback. But they may also surrender more big plays.

5. Stopping the run could become more difficult.

The Ravens’ run defense didn’t’ look that good in the fourth quarter at Denver. Now three key members of the Ravens’ front seven from last season are gone - Suggs, defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (Lions) and outside linebacker Pernell McPhee (Bears). Young players like tackles Brandon Williams, Timmy Jernigan, and Carl Davis must flourish, or the Ravens’ run defense will suffer.

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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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