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'Next man up' time for Ravens?

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'Next man up' time for Ravens?

John Feinstein wrote a very good book about the Baltimore Ravens a few years back. It was called “Next Man Up,” and dealt with life with the team when Brian Billick was the coach, and they battled to earn a playoff spot in a tough season.
 
The title might have been a bit confusing, but it dealt with a concept, specifically one from football.
 
“Next Man Up” is a bit cold at times, but that’s life in the NFL. It means basically this, if someone’s else, no matter who big or good they are, well, then, we need the next man up to replace him. We see players carted off the field with an injury and 10 seconds later, the next play begins. Next man up.
 
That’s the concept the Ravens might have to be embracing this week following a very tough win over the Cowboys on Sunday. It looks like cornerback Lardarius Webb is done for the year with an ACL injury.
 
Ray Lewis injured his arm (triceps) and came out in the fourth quarter, not being able to finish as the Ravens were trying to hold off the Cowboys. There’s the possibility of that being a long-term injury also.
 
That’s where “Next Man Up” comes in. The Ravens will have to deal with that at a bad time. The defense has been really struggling this season. Opposing teams are running like crazy on the Ravens and also throwing the ball effectively. But if these are the injuries, the Ravens will simply replace these guys and move on.
 
A big reason the Ravens have gone 5-1 so far is because the offense has been so effective. That offense is going to have to carry some weight while the defense battles through its problems and now injuries. Jimmy Smith will likely step in as the starting cornerback with Cary Williams. If Lewis is out, Jameel McClain and Dannell Ellerbe should get real busy real fast as the defense will face a lot of questions.  

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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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