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Harbaugh dislikes quirky challenge flag rule

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Harbaugh dislikes quirky challenge flag rule

Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz cost his team seven points because of throwing an errant challenge flag, and Ravens coach John Harbaugh is aware of the danger going into Sunday’s game at the San Diego Chargers.

The Lions lost 34-31 in overtime to the Houston Texans on Thursday. Schwartz was upset that Texans running back Justin Forsett was credited with an 81-yard touchdown run when his elbow and knee were clearly down on replay.

Scoring plays and change of possession plays are instantly reviewed by the replay booth, unless a coach throws an unnecessary challenge flag. If that happens, the play isn’t reviewed and the result of the play stands.

"My overall reaction? This is family TV," Harbaugh said during a news conference with media before leaving for San Diego on Friday. "It was tough. I really don’t have a reaction. It’s what happens in football sometimes."

Going into the weekend, the Ravens (8-2) trail the Texans (10-1) by one game in the loss column. The Ravens lost 43-13 to them earlier this season, but they still have an outside shot of getting home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs going into the season's stretch run.

Of course, had the Lions won it would've made Baltimore's road a lot easier.

The rule was instituted, according to St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher who is on the NFL’s competition committee, to prevent coaches from tossing needless challenge flags as a ploy to stop the clock.

Fisher made his remarks about the rule on Sirius's NFL Radio on Friday.

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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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