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Megatron is mega-trouble

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Megatron is mega-trouble

Jimmy Smith said Lions receiver Calvin Johnson is the most impressive athlete hes ever played against. Cary Williams called him a freak of nature.

Johnson, aka Megatron, ran past, above and around the Ravens secondary as the Lions beat the Ravens, 27-12, at M&T Bank Stadium Friday night in the Ravens second preseason game.

Johnson, the 6-foot-5, 235-pounder, finished the game with five catches for 111 yards in a little more than one quarter of work. He did most of his damage on the Lions first drive of the second quarter.

With the Lions facing first down at their own 7-yard line, Johnson blew past Williams and hauled in a 57-yard completion from quarterback Matthew Stafford down the left sideline. Two plays later, he made an 8-yard reception, and two plays later, he caught an 18-yard touchdown pass, jumping up and grabbing the ball from right above Jimmy Smiths helmet in the corner of the end zone.

You could throw the ball anywhere, and Johnson will go up and get it, Ravens safety Bernard Pollard said.

Added linebacker Ray Lewis: Listen now. Youre talking about a person who probably should be running track, but he chose football. He is a mismatch problem for a lot of people. The bottom line is youve just got to play him and make him earn his check. Today, he earned his money.

Johnson last year had 96 catches for a league-best 1,681 receiving yards and 16 touchdown catches. He parlayed that into an eight-year, 132 million deal with the Lions this past offseason that made him the highest-paid receiver in the league.

Hes definitely a freak of nature, Williams said, 6 (foot) 5, 4.3 speed that can run, jump. Ive never seen it. Hes an outstanding player, and theres a reason why hes being paid 100 million.

Fortunately for the Ravens, they wont see it again during the regular season. But the Ravens know they need to tighten up a secondary that has been roughed up by elite receivers two weeks in a row now in the preseason first by Atlantas Julio Jones (6 catches, 109 yards), and now by Johnson. This after cornerback Lardarius Webb in the offseason touted the Ravens as the best secondary in the league.

We say that we want to be the best, but we have to come out and play like were the best, Webb said after the game. It all starts in practice. I guarantee you that when we go back to practice, were going to work like were playing four quarters. Thats what we want to be. We want to be on top.

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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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