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Ogden, Modell among Hall of Fame nominees

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Ogden, Modell among Hall of Fame nominees

Offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden, the Ravens first-ever draft pick and an 11-time Pro Bowl tackle, is among the first-time nominees to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The initial list of 127 nominees, which will be trimmed to 25 semifinalists in November, also includes former Ravens owner Art Modell, who died earlier this month.

Three other former Ravens are also among this years first-time nominees: defensive tackle Sam Adams (who played for the Ravens from 2000-01), quarterback Steve McNair (2006-07) and running back Priest Holmes (1997-2000).

The remainder of the first-time nominees include offensive lineman Larry Allen, kicker Morten Andersen, safety John Lynch, wide receiver Keenan McCardell, center Tom Nalen, defensive end Michael Strahan, and defensive linemen Ted Washington and Bryant Young.

Ogden, who the Ravens selected No. 4 overall with their first-ever draft pick in 1996, is considered a first-ballot Hall of Famer. He was inducted into the Ravens Ring of Honor in 2008.

Modells case is certainly more complicated.

He has been viewed as one of the games pioneers and visionaries and was a finalist for the Hall of Fame in 2001. But many believe his candidacy has always been hurt by his decision to move the Browns franchise to Baltimore.

He has been a semifinalist seven times since 2001 but has never made the final cut. After his death, there was strong sentiment that he belongs enshrined in Canton.

Will he get there this time?

The list of 25 semifinalists will be further trimmed to 15 in early January, and the election of the Class of 2013 will take place on Feb. 2, the day before the Super Bowl. According to the Hall of Fames by-laws, anywhere from four to seven new members can be selected. The formal induction will take place next August.

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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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