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National media predictions for Ravens-Chargers

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National media predictions for Ravens-Chargers

The Ravens face a trap game this week if ever there was one, with a cross country trip during a holiday week sandwiched between two games against the Steelers. But they are facing a reeling Chargers team that has lost five of six and appears rudderless for Norv Turner, whose job status has been a November tradition the past few years.

Given all that, most – though not all – of the national media expect the Ravens to earn the road win. Here is how some of them see the game playing out:

Mike Florio, Pro Football Talk: Ravens 24, Chargers 20

"The Ravens are getting closer to a fifth straight postseason, and Norv Turner is getting closer to a third coaching postmortem."

Elliott Harrison, NFL.com: Ravens 34, Chargers 24

"The Jarret Johnson Revenge Bowl: Feel the excitement of a linebacker playing his former team! This game is truly up to Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Cam Cameron and how he wants to play it. If he plans to pound Ray Rice and take some offensive risks based partially off the run game, the San Diego Chargers are in serious trouble. While we've detailed Joe Flacco's road struggles before, the Baltimore defense will come alive this weekend. The Ravens certainly remember getting their butts handed to them 34-14 in SoCal last year. Philip Rivers' mistake-prone play will be the difference."

Vinnie Iyer, Sporting News: Ravens 20, Chargers 17

"Philip Rivers won’t like the fact the Ravens will have Ed Reed in the secondary because it all but guarantees he’ll throw an interception. This is an important game for counterpart Joe Flacco to break out of a funk."

Peter King, SI.com: Ravens 27, Chargers 23

"With or without Ed Reed, I just don't trust San Diego. The Chargers, in the last two months, are 0-6 against all teams not from Kansas City, and they give off the distinct aroma of a team playing out the string and wondering if their coach in 2013 will be a: Chip Kelly; b: Andy Reid; c. Some total longshot like Syracuse coach Doug Marrone."

Pete Prisco, CBSSports.com: Chargers 31, Ravens 21

"This is a be-careful game for the Ravens. They don't play well out here and San Diego can get it going through the air, an area of concern for the Ravens. I see Philip Rivers coming up big in a game that the Chargers have to get."

Peter Schrager, Fox Sports.com: Ravens 27, Chargers 16

"Ed Reed’s suspension appeal was a success on Tuesday, but the $50,000 hit to the wallet still isn’t exactly chump change. The Ravens will have their star safety in the lineup this weekend, but it probably wouldn’t have mattered much if he wasn’t, anyway. Baltimore could trot out a bunch of second- and third-stringers against this anemic Chargers offense and be just fine. In the past five years, the Chargers have opted not to re-sign Michael Turner, LaDainian Tomlinson, Darren Sproles and Vincent Jackson. Philip Rivers could use every single one of them now."

Michael David Smith, Pro Football Talk: Ravens 20, Chargers 16

"I don’t believe the Ravens are as good as their 8-2 record suggests, and they’re bound to come back to the pack in the AFC eventually. But after the Chargers’ loss to the Broncos on Sunday, San Diego isn’t going anywhere. The Chargers will come out flat and the Ravens will win."

 

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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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