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Looks as if all playoff roads lead through Houston

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Looks as if all playoff roads lead through Houston

After the way the Texans dominated the Ravens, 43-13, at Reliant Stadium on Sunday, it sure looks as if all playoff roads in the AFC will lead through Houston.

Yes, there's a lot of football left to be played. The season's not even half over. But the Texans already have a 2 1/2-game lead in their division and a schedule that is favorable. Over their final nine games, they face only three teams (Chicago, New England and Minnesota) that have winning records. The Texans, who now also own the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Ravens, definitely control their own destiny in the race for the AFC's No. 1 seed.

And that does not bode well for the Ravens, who almost certainly will have to win a playoff game on the road at some point if they want to reach their ultimate goal, the Super Bowl.

Can the Ravens win a road playoff game? First things first; they'll have to be a lot better on both sides of the ball than they were on Sunday just to reach the playoffs. They play five of their final nine games on the road, and over their past 10 quarters on the road, they have scored exactly one touchdown.

Still,  if there's any consolation, it's that the Ravens, despite some historically bad defense for this franchise of late and an offense that has yet to show itself on the road, still sit atop the AFC North.

"After seven games, you think of everything this team has been through, (to) come out 5-2 going into the bye? We'll take that," linebacker Terrell Suggs said after the game. "We'll take that every day."

Suggs also implied that, as many suggested beforehand, Sunday's game might have been a preview of the AFC Championship Game.

"Please believe," Suggs said, "They'll see us again."

Unfortunately for the Ravens, Sunday's game almost certainly means any playoff rematch would be in Houston, not in Baltimore.

 

 

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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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