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Kickers could decide Ravens-Patriots

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Kickers could decide Ravens-Patriots

Based on the way the Ravens and Patriots play each other, Sunday's game easily could come down to another field-goal try.

Last season in the AFC title game, that didn't work out well for the Ravens. Then-kicker Billy Cundiff shanked a 32-yarder that could've forced overtime. Instead, the Patriots won 23-20 at home and went to the Super Bowl.

In 2010, the Patriots won by the same score at home in the regular season.

In 2009, the Patriots won 27-21 at home again, but the Ravens got revenge in the playoffs with a 33-14 rout.

In 2007, one season before Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco's arrival, the Patriots won 27-24 in Baltimore.

Last week, the Patriots lined up for a 42-yarder for Stephen Gostkowski with one second left. The kick never had a chance as it sailed immediately wide left as they lost 20-18 to the Arizona Cardinals.

If this game comes down to a field goal again, does that mean advantage Baltimore?

"What I did last week or Week 1 or whatever, will not affect me the next game, negatively or positively," Gostkowski told CSNNE.com. "You just move on. If you do well, you can get too big of a head. And if you do bad, you can get down on yourself. You've just got to have a short memory. And if you want to last long on a team or in the NFL, you've got to have a short memory, good or bad."

For the Ravens, Cundiff is gone and rookie Justin Tucker, who beat him out in training camp with greater accuracy and a stronger leg, has been picture perfect.

Tucker made all three field goals in a 24-23 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, two of them coming from 51 and 56. He's 6-for-6 for the season.

"He was making good ball contact," special teams coach Jerry Rosburg said of Tucker. "The ball was traveling straight and as you saw he had plenty of range."

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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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