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Flacco supplants Brady on national stage

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Flacco supplants Brady on national stage

Anquan Boldin seems like an almost forgotten weapon in the this offense, but even hes hopeful that Joe Flaccos place among the NFL's best quarterbacks is no longer up for debate.

Flacco engineered a fourth-quarter comeback against Captain Comeback, three-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady of the Patriots, Sunday night. Justin Tucker kicked the winning 27-yard field goal as time expired for the 31-30 victory at M&T Bank Stadium.

"A lot of people criticize Joe, and he's proven to people over and over again that he's an elite quarterback," said Boldin, who finished with four catches for 48 yards. "Me, personally, I'm tired of hearing people talk about it. Hopefully he'll put it behind him."

That's because after falling behind 13-0 in the first quarter -- New England's first touchdown was set up by Flacco's ill-advised throw to Dennis Pitta in traffic -- and seemingly every call in the fourth quarter going against the Ravens, Flacco still found a way.

He withstood Bernard Pierce being dropped for a one-yard loss on fourth-and-1 in Patriots territory with 10:56 left in the game. Flacco overcame a 10-yard penalty on guard Marshal Yanda that almost stalled a drive and threw a five-yard strike to Torrey Smith to bring the Ravens to 30-23 with 4:08 remaining. Smith finished with six catches for 127 yards and two touchdowns less than 24 hours after his younger brother was killed in a motorcycle crash.

"We scored here, had a couple lulls. I think we did a good job from the second quarter on," Flacco said. "Even in the second half, a couple of possessions we didn't score, we hurt ourselves."

On the final drive, Flacco completed a 24-yard pass to Jacoby Jones and then 17 yards to Pitta. After an incompletion to Boldin, Jones drew a pass interference call on Devin McCourty that put the ball on New England's 7.

From there, Flacco milked the clock until two seconds remained for Tucker to ice it.

"I don't think we're ever out of any game," said running back Ray Rice, who had 101 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries. " I think that our defense trusts us now. They did the job. They got Brady stopped and got us the ball."

It was the first time in seven regular season games that the Ravens beat the Patriots. What happened in the AFC title game last year mattered to linebacker Ray Lewis. Then-receiver Lee Evans couldn't hold on to a touchdown pass that could've won the game and then-kicker Billy Cundiff missed a 32-yarder that would've tied it.

"This was the same team that stopped us, dropped pass, field goal, whatever. To win the way we did I just take my hat off to my team," Lewis said.

The Ravens avoided talk of revenge all week, but Lardarius Webb admitted that some players had it on their minds.

"In a way you say it's not redemption, but in the back of your head it's like, 'Let's get these guys. We're tired of them coming out on top in our house.' It was a nice victory," Webb said. "But we'll see them again."

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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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