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Key matchup: Redskins O-line vs. Ravens pass rush

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Key matchup: Redskins O-line vs. Ravens pass rush

Here’s a matchup to watch closely Saturday night (7:30) when the Ravens host the Redskins - the Ravens' pass rush vs. the Redskins’ offensive line.

Defensive tackle Brandon Williams is probably the strongest player on the Ravens. Defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan is the Ravens' quickest defensive lineman. That could spell bad news for Redskins rookie guard Brandon Scherff, who has been overpowered and overwhelmed in his first two preseason games.

Williams had a quarterback hit on Sam Bradford last week that left the Eagles’ quarterback in obvious pain, though he shook it off and stayed in the game. Terrell Suggs’ hit on Bradford drew far more attention.  But you can bet Bradford has no desire to be hit by Williams again.

Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III has been ruled out of Saturday night’s game, but the Redskins don’t want Kirk Cousins or Colt McCoy getting pounded by the Ravens either. Griffin was hit six times of the eight times he dropped back to pass against the Lions last week. That’s too high a ratio to keep a quarterback healthy.

The third preseason game is usually a key dress rehearsal for starters, so expect Williams and Jernigan to play a lot. Expect to see plenty of Suggs and linebacker Elvis Dumervil coming off the edge, looking to hit the Redskins' quarterbacks. We’ll see if Scherff and the rest of the Redskins’ offensive line can meet the challenge.

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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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