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Harbaugh will stick to promise of shifting lineups


Harbaugh will stick to promise of shifting lineups

A week ago, coach John Harbaugh made it clear there'll be adjustments made to the Ravens' lineup, particularly the offensive line, and Monday he confirmed he's sticking to it.

"It’s not like we’re going to switch everything around and make some huge moves. But, we’re always trying to look at the best batting order," Harbaugh said Monday after his team exits its bye week. "We’re always trying to look at the best lineup that we can put on the field at any particular time and getting as many good players involved as we possibly can."

The most changes have taken place on the offensive line, which has allowed 18 sacks of Joe Flacco which is five more than after seven games last season even though he actually passed 10 times more in 2011.

Ramon Harewood was the starting left guard until two weeks ago. He was replaced by veteran Bobbie Williams.

Left tackle Bryant McKinnie, who has had a hip flexor strain, recently said he expected to be in the starting lineup by the second half of the season.

Right tackle Kelechi Osemele is coming off an injured knee and ankle from a 43-13 loss to the Houston Texans.

Backup right guard/tackle Jah Reid has returned from a calf injury and appears finally ready to make his first appearance of the season.

"There are young guys on the offensive line that we want to look at. There are veteran guys that can help us in doing different things. I just think that football is kind of evolving into where you have to try to get as many players involved as you can," Harbaugh said. " So, without giving away too much, I can just tell you that the whole offensive line is not going to re-ordered on Wednesday. We’re not doing that."

The defensive line has had trouble with being pushed around. In the last three games, it has given up more than 200 yards rushing per game on average. Defensive end Pernell McPhee only has one-half sack after six last season.

The Ravens, however, are 2-1 in those games. Tackles Haloti Ngata and Ma'ake Kemoeatu have had knee injuries. Kemoeatu missed the Texans game.

They're expected to be able to play for Sunday's game at the Cleveland Browns.

"The whole defensive line is not going to be restructured either," Harbaugh said. "But there are some things that we think we can do in getting some guys involved and using them as we go and kind of taking advantage of all of our guys.”

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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.