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Hunches for Ravens-Eagles game

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Hunches for Ravens-Eagles game

Many times, those who bet like to play hunches. I don't bet, but I do have hunches. Here's a few that came in my mind while thinking about Sunday's game with the Ravens and the Eagles in fan-friendly Philadelphia.
1) The Ravens are going to run into a team that's very mad and wanting to prove something. The Eagles might have thought they were going to have an easy time last weekend with the Browns in Cleveland. Didn't quite happen that way as the Eagles were very lucky to come away with a one-point win. They'll play harder this time, making life tougher for Baltimore.
2) Sacking Michael Vick isn't as important as keeping him under control. The Ravens will have some trouble doing that at times. Can they keep him between the tackles? Can any team? If Vick can dictate the offense, the Ravens will have lots of trouble on defense.
3) The Ravens came out flat in Week 2 last season and in a number of road games last year. That won't happen this year because they're watching for it and know that Vick and the Eagles could make their lives miserable for three hours.
4) The Eagles will come out fired up because it is their home opener. How much the Ravens can reduce the affect the intensity the Eagles play with will have some kind of impact on this game.
5) Joe Flacco will have another big game. Flacco and the no-huddle seem to be a marriage made in football heaven. For whatever reason, it's working for him. Flacco plays like a quarterback in charge back there, and it's a style the Ravens really need to stick with. Watch for Ray Rice to be a little busier this week.
6) Torrey Smith is going to have another big game. He's quickly developing into a big-time receiver who's improving in every game. Smith made a crucial 52-yard catch on the game's first play last Monday, and he'll do more of the same in this game. Simply put, the Ravens need him. He'll keep guys like Flacco and kicker Justin Tucker busy.

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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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