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How did Ravens score? Confuse Mike and Sam


How did Ravens score? Confuse Mike and Sam

How did the Ravens Anquan Boldin end up catching a touchdown pass from Joe Flacco in Thursdays preseason game against the Jaguars? With your posse on the field, get Mike and Sam thinking low hat while you take an inside stem.

Simple, right?

Former NFL player-turned-pundit Matt Bowen breaks down plays in an intricate fashion for the National Football Post in the Inside the Playbook series. Bowen gave the Inside treatment to the Ravens scoring play.

To translate, posse is a formation with three wide receivers, a tight end and running back. Mike is the middle or inside linebacker. Sam is the strong-side linebacker. Low hat means youre reading a running play. Inside stem refers to the route-running technique to free up space on the inside.

As I understand it, Bowen, a former safety, explains how the Ravens occupied the safeties by making them concerned with the outside receivers, leaving the linebackers mainly the inside backer responsible for Boldin as he cut inside. But the play action briefly froze poor Mike, giving Boldin room and Flacco a channel to hit him with a touchdown.

Bowen explains it in much more, football-jargon-laden detail. And if youre a football geek, check out more of Bowens Inside the Playbook.

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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.