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Lewis barely cracks top 40 in Super Bowl player ranking

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Lewis barely cracks top 40 in Super Bowl player ranking

Here’s a case where the legacy of former Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis might be underrated.

An ESPN panel ranked the top 50 players in Super Bowl history, according to their performances in Super Bowl games. Lewis was ranked just 39th among the top 50 players in Super Bowl game history, despite being MVP of Super Bowl XXXV, and helping the Ravens win Super Bowl XLVII in his last game before retiring.

Let’s look at Lewis in each game. In Super Bowl XXXV, the Ravens blew out the Giants, 34-7, and Lewis led a defense that cemented its place as one of the best in NFL history. Lewis was named Super Bowl MVP with five tackles and four passes defensed, and his numbers would have been better if the Giants’ offense hadn’t been rendered so inept.

Consider that only three defensive players in the last 20 years have been named Super Bowl MVP. Even if that was Lewis’ only Super Bowl, he might have deserved to be ranked higher than No. 39.

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However, Lewis capped his career in Super Bowl LXVII when the Ravens beat the 49ers, 34-31. Lewis didn’t have one of his best games with just seven total tackles, and he was beaten in pass coverage on several occasions.  However, he was part of a Ravens defense that preserved the victory with a goal line stand to end the game. It also cannot be denied that Lewis’ experience and leadership during the game’s key moments counted for something.

“The final series of Ray Lewis’ career was a goal line stand to win the Lombardi Trophy,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said after the game, via the Associated Press. “It was not perfect. It was not pretty. But it was us. That’s who we are.”

Lewis is in good company on ESPN’s list, sandwiched between Jets quarterback Joe Namath, ranked No. 40, and Packers quarterback Brett Favre, ranked No. 38. But Lewis, a current ESPN analyst, couldn’t crack the top 35, despite a 2-0 Super Bowl record and winning an MVP on defense. That’s tough love from his current employer.

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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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