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Inactives for Ravens-Steelers: Mallett to start, Allen to get a lot of carries


Inactives for Ravens-Steelers: Mallett to start, Allen to get a lot of carries

BALTIMORE -- Quarterback Jimmy Clausen has gone from starter to inactive, as the Ravens confirmed Ryan Mallett will be the starter against the Steelers on Sunday and Matt Schaub will be the backup. 

Mallett will be the fourth different starting quarterback for the Ravens this year, something that has never happened in the team's 20-year history. Mallett was signed earlier this month but was inactive last week in his first game with the Ravens. 

Clausen, who started the past two games for the Ravens, is a game-day inactive, along with receiver Marlon Brown, running back Terrence Magee, linebacker Albert McClellan, defensive backs Jumal Rolle and Jermaine Whitehead, and defensive lineman Kapron Lewis-Moore. 

With Magee inactive, the Ravens appear ready to once again give rookie running back Buck Allen a large role; he was benched last game after his second fumble in as many weeks, but coach John Harbaugh had suggested that the benching would not carry over to this Sunday. 

Cornerback Jimmy Smith, who left last week's game with a thigh injury, was listed as probable and is active and expected to start, one positive sign for the undermanned Ravens against the Steelers potent passing attack.

For the Steelers, former Ravens kick returner Jacoby Jones is inactive. He has essentially been benched because of fumbling problems. Also inactive is quarterback Mike Vick, who started against the Ravens in Week 4 with Ben Roethlisberger out with a knee injury. The Ravens won that contest, 23-20, in overtime.

The Steelers other inactives include receiver Sammie Coates, running back Jordan Todman, linebacker Anthony Chickillo, offensive tackle Byron Stingily and defensive end L.T. Walton.

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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.