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Koch's consistency helped Ravens in first part of season

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Koch's consistency helped Ravens in first part of season

It's often been said that kickers on a pro football team aren't sometimes noticed until they screw up. A missed field goal, extra point, bad kickoff, something that helps the other team are things that everyone notices.

However, punters have it just as tough in some situations. That's why the consistency of Sam Koch again this year has been a help to the Ravens during a season when the offense and defense both stumbled at times.

Koch's been consistent in a few ways. First, he doesn't drop the ball or get kicks blocked. Second, he can unload booming kicks or skillfully place punts deep in opposing territory. Koch is good at pooch punting and placing something out of bounds both away from a tough return man and in a spot that can bury the opposing offense.

In addition, nowadays in the NFL, most punters are place-holders. Koch's been good at that also. Nobody's perfect at these jobs -- or any -- on the football field, but Koch's given the Ravens all they could ask for, and more.

But Koch quietly goes about his work. There's not a whole lot of notice surrounding him, and the guess here is that's fine for the veteran punter.

His numbers are mostly in the middle of the NFL's punters this season. Koch's averaging 47.2 yards per punt, and that ranks him 13th in the league. In addition, Koch is tied for 11th with 11 punts that have gone inside the opponents' 20-yard line, about 1 1/2 per game, a pretty good number.

A punter's main job is kind of a thankless one. Get the ball out of your own end of the field or send it deep to the other end to help your defense put some pressure on. Not a whole lot of glory. You just have to do the job. So far, like he's done his whole career, Koch's done just that.

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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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