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No huddle, mo' problems for Ravens foes

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No huddle, mo' problems for Ravens foes

In his Monday Morning Quarterback column, Sports Illustrateds Peter King takes on the Ravens offense, specifically the no-huddle, hurry-up version were expected to see this season.

Quarterback Joe Flacco told King he considers the offense total no-huddle, which harkens back to what Flacco ran in college at Delaware. King enumerates several ways in which this offense benefits the Ravens. Among them:

The no-huddle, by virtue of limiting substitutions, can tire out a defense. You figure an older defense would be especially susceptible. And who has an old defense? The Ravens chief AFC North rival, the Steelers.

The Ravens have added Jim Caldwell to the coaching staff as quarterbacks coach, and he was formerly head coach and quarterbacks coach of the foremost practitioners of the no-huddle, Peyton Mannings Colts. King writes: Caldwell was heavily involved in the best no-huddle offense the NFL has ever seen.

Everything will look simpler to Flacco because, well, it will be. The lack of shifting defensive personnel also means a lack of trickier defenses. With the fast pace of the offense, defenders probably aren't going to be as imaginative in play-calls. They just want to survive.

Flacco will be better in the no-huddle because he enjoys it. "I think the no-huddle can add a couple of minutes to the game for us,'' Flacco said. "I think we could get another possession per game out of it. The bottom line is, I'm happy we're doing it. Very happy.

Its this happiness that King points to as a reason to expect more out of Flacco this season. When you like doing something, King writes, you throw more of yourself into it.

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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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