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Flacco spreading the wealth

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Flacco spreading the wealth

As the Ravens' no-huddle offense evolves, so has quarterback Joe Flacco's distribution.

While he may have relied too heavily on Dennis Pitta in the first two weeks -- Flacco even suggested on several occasions that defenses had "a bead on" where he was going with the ball -- he has begun to spread the wealth.

Pitta had 18 catches and two touchdowns in the first three games. In the 24-23 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, Flacco targeted Pitta 15 times alone. In the last game, a 23-16 win against the Cleveland Browns, he only targeted Pitta twice.

As receiver Torrey Smith has gotten more looks from Flacco by stretching the field, so have the other pass catchers.

"Never panic if you're not getting the ball because anything can change," said Smith, who had four catches and no touchdowns in his first two games but 12 catches for 224 and three touchdowns since then.

"Joe goes through his progression and he hits whoever is open. He feeds the hot hand a lot of the time," Smith said. "We have a lot of different weapons, tight ends and a number of receivers, running backs. We're heading in the right direction as an offense."

Jacoby Jones gets a few targets as well. He only had three catches against New England, but he totaled 86 yards. He had a touchdown catch called back against the Eagles.

And Anquan Boldin, who seemed like a forgotten man until last week, exploded for nine catches -- one fewer than he had in the first three games combined -- and 131 yards against Cleveland.

"I don't worry about it. It's going to come. Your number is not going to be called all the time," Boldin said. "You got to be ready to make a play.

"Especially when you get man coverage, I feel like I can make a play on anybody."

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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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