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Pass rush can help Ravens in pass coverage

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Pass rush can help Ravens in pass coverage

Defensive coordinator Dean Pees talked recently about how various parts of the defense need to work together to stop opposing offenses, especially those who like to throw the ball like Detroit might in Fridays pre-season game.
Youve got to call your game, and youve got to rely on the guys to get the job done, Pees said when talking with the media earlier this week. There is no secret to it. If you have man coverage out there, you have to cover the guyits not rocket science.
And thats why getting pressure on the quarterback is so important to the Ravens, and any team.
One of the biggest questions for the Ravens on defense is going to be pass pressure. Can they get enough-- especially with NFL Defensive Player of the Year Terrell Suggs out for a big chunk of the season? Suggs is clearly the teams top pass rusher, and losing him will hurt.
The Ravens are going to need help from younger players like Pernell McPhee (second in the team in sacks as a rookie last year) and others to fill in for Suggs in pressuring the quarterback.
Pass pressure ties directly into pass coverage. If teams can get a good rush, it makes life so much easier for the secondary because they wont need as long to cover receivers a big reason the Ravens did so well in both areas last year.
If we pressure and you are put one-on-one, thats your job, Pees said. Just like its the receivers job to catch it. But on the other hand, its like I tell all the guys up frontwhen you blitz, when I watch the film, I said You stand back there and cover 40 yards of grass with one of those fast guys running down the field. So look, when we ask you to go, go.
Thats why Fridays game with the Lions will be another good early test because the Ravens didnt always get great pressure on the quarterback in Atlanta last week.

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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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