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Momentum for Ravens? Not really, they say

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Momentum for Ravens? Not really, they say

In football, we hear a lot about momentum. So you might think that the Ravens will carry a lot of that with them into next week’s huge AFC North matchup with the Steelers because of how they blew out the Raiders on Sunday.

But that won’t necessarily be the case.

After Sunday’s game, both coach John Harbaugh and quarterback Joe Flacco — using nearly identical language — talked about how one week’s performance doesn’t really serve as a predictor for the next game.

And asked about whether such a dominating win can help build the Ravens’ confidence heading into Pittsburgh, Flacco said everybody was already pretty confident, so this game wasn’t going to do much to build them up.

So, other than assuring the Ravens will be at least a full game ahead of the Steelers atop the division, there appears to be minimal carryover effect for Baltimore, according to a couple of the team’s principals. (Well, the Ravens also did give the Steelers a good look at one of their fake field-goal plays, but that’s another issue.)

Is this a matter of every Sunday being a completely new day in the NFL? Or are the Ravens just being really dismissive of the Raiders?

In any case, if the Ravens overindulged a bit Sunday, expect the hangover to be long gone by next week.

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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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