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Harbaugh grants penalty pardon for Dumervil, but not another

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Harbaugh grants penalty pardon for Dumervil, but not another

OWINGS MILLS – John Harbaugh had plenty to be unhappy about after another defeat, including two senseless penalties committed by cornerback Asa Jackson.

The Ravens committed nine penalties for 121 yards during Sunday’s 22-20 loss to the Jaguars. Elvis Dumervil’s facemask penalty that set up the game-winning field goal got the most attention, but at least Dumervil was hustling and in the process of trying to make a game-ending sack. 

Harbaugh was forgiving of Dumervil. The Ravens’ coach was not forgiving of Jackson, who committed two personal fouls on special teams, and who has three personal fouls this season.

 Talking about penalties during his Monday press conference, Harbaugh never mentioned Jackson by name, but it was clear who he was referring to. Jackson was called for an illegal low block on a punt return, and for unnecessary roughness for blocking after the whistle.

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“The penalties on special teams, as I go back and look at them, the two personal foul penalties, there’s no place for that,” Harbaugh said. “There’s absolutely no reason to leave your feet. I don’t care if you’re slipping or not. You might be slipping, but if you’re out of position to make the block, you don’t make that block. You certainly don’t throw yourself back into a guy’s legs on a return. It’s blatantly illegal.

“Then blocking a guy after the ball’s down and dead? That’s just foolish. That’s what we call a foolish penalty. And for one guy to have three personal foul penalties in a career, let alone a season, and two in a game, is unacceptable.”

Asked about Dumervil’s penalty, Harbaugh said, “He’s trying to make a play, he’s playing the play hard as the ball got snapped, and he caught the facemask. You can’t do it. It’s disappointing, he’s the first one to take responsibility for it. I think it’s an effort play, at the same time we got to be better than that in that situation. He’s one of our best players, he played a heck of a football game. I’m certainly not down on Elvis Dumervil by any stretch.”

The Ravens (2-7) are not good enough to overcome some of the penalties they have committed. That message was delivered by Harbaugh to Jackson.

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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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