The Ravens offensive line, a work in progress all preseason, experienced another new look tonight as Ramon Harewood was the surprise starter at left guard over veteran Bobbie Williams.
In addition, rookie Kelechi Osemele made the start at right tackle, with Michael Oher moving over to the left side.
That means Williams would begin the game on the bench, as would veteran tackle Bryant McKinnie, who has started every game in which he has played over the past 10 years.
Williams has been slowed this preseason by an ankle injury, but was not on the Ravens injury report this week and did not give any indication that he would not play tonight. Williams, who played for the Bengals for the past eight seasons, took the field as one of the Ravens captains for the pregame coin toss.
The 6-foot-6, 334-pound Harewood has seen action this preseason at both guard and tackle, and was the starter at left guard in the preseason finale at St. Louis. But he has never played in an NFL regular-season game. Harewood, the first Barbados native to play in the NFL, was the Ravens sixth-round draft pick out of Morehouse in 2010 and has spent the past two seasons on injured reserve.
With Harewood and Osemele in the starting lineup, 40 percent of the Ravens starting offensive line will be appearing in an NFL regular-season game for the first time.
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.
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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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