Watch out for flying notes:
In his training camp questions about every NFL team (Terrell Suggs absence is the Ravens), NFL.coms Michael Lombardi writes this about the Steelers: Once again, six members of the Steelers' defense are over age 30 and on the decline. Can this team play great defense again in 2012, or will their lack of total team speed cause trouble? Last year, the Steelers allowed 32 scoring drives of at least 10 plays, ranking 29th.
And speaking about NFL.com and Suggs, Brian McIntyres piece on the camp battle to replace him comes to the same conclusion most observers (and fans) have reached: Its going to be a combo platter of Pernell McPhee, Paul Kruger and Courtney Upshaw.
You know how Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome likes his Alabama guys. Well, heres a Bama defensive lineman to keep an eye on: Jesse Williams. He wasnt a star last season and who knows whether hell develop into one this year, but he can bench press 600 pounds! Thats 100 more than the best total at the most recent NFL Combine.
Clark Judge of CBSSports.com rates the AFC North as the NFLs strongest division. He mentions the Bengals as challenging the Ravens and Steelers: Cincinnati is starting to squeeze both, with a quarterback Andy Dalton who, as a rookie last season, had to play 10 top 10 ranked defenses yet still finished 9-7.
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.
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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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