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How do the Ravens match up with San Diego?

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How do the Ravens match up with San Diego?

Ravens vs. Chargers

at Qualcomm Stadium, 1 p.m. ET

The line: Ravens -1.

Last week: Ravens (8-2) beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 13-10; Chargers (4-6) lost to the Denver Broncos 35-24.

Series: Tied 4-4.

Last meeting: Ravens lost 34-14 on Dec. 18, 2011, in San Diego. They allowed seven sacks, 145 yards rushing by the Chargers and lost the turnover battle 2-0.

Burning question: The run defense has improved but the secondary just got thinner without CB Chris Johnson. Will it be able to hold up and force turnovers against QB Philip Rivers, who already has 18 interceptions and lost fumbles?

Keys to victory on offense: This is beginning to sound like a broken record, but QB Joe Flacco has to produce on the road for a team that is averaging less than 17 points per game there. He doesn’t connect with WR Torrey Smith as well away from home and the passing game tends to stall as Flacco has trouble capping drives with TDs. After the run game was stifled by the NFL’s No. 1 defense in Pittsburgh last week, re-establishing RBs Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce has to be a top priority. If the Chargers are going to take away Smith on the outside, the running game must click.

Keys to victory on defense: Create a short field for a struggling offense by forcing turnovers. Rivers has 14 INTs and RB Ryan Mathews has yet to have a 100-yard rushing game this season. The offensive line also is suspect without at least two starters and there should be opportunities for a front that has had trouble getting pressure to get some push and open lanes for LBs Paul Kruger and Terrell Suggs to make plays. Rivers isn't Steelers QB Byron Leftwich.

Injury report: RAVENS -- Out: CB Jimmy Smith; Doubtful: CB Chris Johnson (hamstring); Questionable: DE Pernell McPhee (knee); Probable: WR Jacoby Jones (ankle), TE Dennis Pitta (head), DT Terrence Cody (elbow), LB Brendon Ayanbadejo (shoulder), TE Ed Dickson (neck), LB Dannell Ellerbe (toe/thumbs), S James Ihedigbo (neck), DT Haloti Ngata (shoulder), S Bernard Pollard (chest), S Ed Reed (shoulder), LB Courtney Upshaw (shoulder), G Marshal Yanda (ankle). CHARGERS -- Out: LB Larry English (calf), LT Jared Gaither (groin), WR Eddie Royal (hamstring); Doubtful: G Tyronne Green (hamstring), TE Dante Rosario (hamstring); Questionable: DT Aubrayo Franklin (knee); Probable: S Atari Bigby (shoulder), P Mike Scifres (ankle), G Louis Vasquez (ankle).

Prediction: Ravens 24-14.

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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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