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Harbaugh learned enough before roster cuts

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Harbaugh learned enough before roster cuts

ST. LOUIS -- The best news to come out of Thursday night's game vs. the Rams is this: The preseason is over.
The Ravens, sitting all but about four of their projected starters for the regular season, put on their worst showing in four exhibitions as they lost 31-17 at Edward Jones Dome.
Tyrod Taylor started at quarterback to complete 8 of 12 passes for 58 yards as he failed to produce a touchdown. Rams quarterback Sam Bradford completed 11-for-16 for 175 yards and three touchdowns.
Taylor's backup, Curtis Painter, tossed three interceptions in a game that never was competitive and played before less than 10,000 in the 67,000-seat arena.
Coach John Harbaugh wasn't thrilled by the Ravens' execution and could be seen screaming on the sidelines. But in fairness, Rams coach Jeff Fisher played his first string for the first half.This wasn't supposed to be a masterpiece.
Rosters will be trimmed to 53 on Friday.
"Every team does what they have to do in this game. He felt like he had to play his guys two quarters. ... We didn't want to do that. We didn't play a lot of our guys at all," Harbaugh said. "It was a great opportunity from that perspective to see how some of our backups match up. We'll look at the tape and there probably were some good performances out there and there probably were some that weren't so good. .. That's what we're going to find out."
The Ravens missed open-field tackles (Brendon Ayanbedjo), had defensive backs beaten bady in coverage (Jimmy Smith), earned cheap penalties that extended what would become scoring drives (Sergio Kindle) and took bad angles on tackles that the Rams were able to spring into big plays (Ayanbedjo).
Painter overthrew Bobby Rainey twice in the third quarter, both leading to interceptions. The second was returned 76 yards by Jenoris Jenkins for a touchdown.
Linebacker Courtney Upshaw, the Ravens' top pick in this year's draft, left the game with an injured shoulder and will get an MRI on Friday. As of now, the injury is being called a sprain.
This wasn't a performance from which Harbaugh learned a lot about his team, but he did draw some conclusions about a few players who played their way onto the team and off it.
"You let it play out and those decision become apparent when you let it play out. That's why it's important to play these guys," he said. "How much does Ray Lewis need to play? Ed Reed need to play? We put some guys out there for some extended reps to see what we know and what we don't know."

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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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