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Once drafted by Orioles, Seahawks' Wilson now faces Ravens


Once drafted by Orioles, Seahawks' Wilson now faces Ravens

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has never faced the Ravens before, and the Richmond, Virginia native is looking forward to this weekend’s East coast trip. Both a football and baseball star in high school and college, Wilson was drafted by the Orioles in the 41st round of the 2007draft. He thought about signing with the Orioles, but opted to attend college at North Carolina St., before eventually transferring to Wisconsin.

“Definitely a consideration,” Wilson said of signing with the Orioles, during a Wednesday conference call. “I had gotten calls in the first and second and third round, and the Orioles wanted to take me then. I contemplated it or whatever, and I just told them I wanted to play two sports. So that was kind of my decision to go play at N. C. State, and obviously growing up near Baltimore, I’ve got a lot of family there in the Maryland area and D. C. as well.”

Over the last three weeks, Wilson has been the NFL’s most efficient quarterback.  Check out his numbers during Seattle’s current three-game winning streak – 11 touchdown passes and no interceptions, with quarterback ratings of 138.5, 147.9, and 146.0 respectively.

Trying to contain Wilson will be priority No. 1 for the Ravens on Sunday when they host the Seahawks (1 p.m.) at M&T Bank Stadium. It won’t be easy.

“They build their offense around his talent,” said Ravens coach John Harbaugh. “He has a heck of an arm. Obviously, he can read things out. He throws on time. He’s an accurate passer, and then he can extend plays.

“He has 450 yards rushing. That’s pretty amazing. It starts with him – it revolves around him – and they have some other really good players.”

The Ravens’ quarterback situation is in flux, with Joe Flacco (knee injury) out for the season, Matt Schaub (chest) still sore from Sunday’s game, and Jimmy Clausen trying to master the offense this week in case he has to play.

However, Wilson has never looked better. And for the Ravens, that could be a huge problem.

[RELATED: Ravens drop another close one to Miami]


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Ravens lower concession prices at M&T Bank Stadium ahead of 2018 season


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.