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Former NFL ref says Suggs' tackle on Bradford legal


Former NFL ref says Suggs' tackle on Bradford legal

Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs should not have been flagged for his controversial tackle Saturday night, according to a tweet from former NFL vice president of officiating Mike Pereira. However, Pereira added that the tackle Suggs made against Sam Bradford “might be cheap but not a foul.”

The complete tweet that Pereira posted Sunday reads as follows:

Suggs was assessed a 15-yard penalty on the play for roughing Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford. Bradford was tackled after he handed off to running back Darren Sproles on a read-option play.

Suggs vehemently argued that he should not have been penalized, an argument now supported by Pereira. Suggs also defended his actions after the game, saying he could have hit Bradford harder. He blamed the Eagles for calling a read option play involving Bradford, who has undergone two ACL surgeries and has missed most of the last two seasons.

However, several Eagles were livid with Suggs for tackling low on Bradford, considering his injury history. After the game, Eagles left tackle Jason Peters described Suggs’ tackle as a dirty play.

But according to Pereira, referee Jerome Boger should have picked up his flag, because Suggs made a legal play. Just don’t expect Peters to pick up Suggs’ dinner tab anytime soon.

Speaking to NFL Network Monday morning, current vice president of officiating Dean Blandino agreed with Pereira. 

MORE RAVENS: NFL head of officiating assesses Suggs' hit on Bradford

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Ravens lower concession prices at M&T Bank Stadium ahead of 2018 season


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.