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Hunches, predictions for Browns-Ravens

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Hunches, predictions for Browns-Ravens

The Ravens now get to play their second game in five days, so theyll be a little tired. And the Browns will be in the same spot when both meet tonight.
A win here would give the Ravens a 3-1 record and give them some time to relax while they dont have another game until a week from Sunday. This win also could be helpful as the Ravens next have tough road battles with Kansas City and Houston.
Heres some hunches and predictions for tonights match-up with the winless Browns.
--The offense, which played much better last week, should have another very good effort. Joe Flacco carried the Ravens at time last week with his good passing, and well probably see more of the same. But heres guessing that Ray Rice could have a bigger role. Hes done more each game than the one before as the Ravens, like many other teams, have fallen in love with the passing attack.

--The defense will probably feel more comfortable and less worried about blitzing Cleveland quarterback Brandon Weeden. Like a typical rookie, Weedens had an up-and-down season so far. The more pressure they can get on him, the more trouble hell find. Heres betting that the Ravens should come up with a lot of blitzes.
--Watch for turnovers. The Ravens, when their defense can kind of over-match other offenses, those are the times they can cause turnovers in bunches. Thats when points also can come in bunches.
--Dont watch for the officials. If the regular refs are officially back, then that wont be a matter for discussion any more.
PREDICTION: Ravens 31, Browns 20This wont be a cakewalk, but the Ravens should be able to stay in command throughout. The Browns have played well at times in the first three weeks, but theyre not going to be able to stay with the Ravens the entire game.

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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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