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Pees will continue to run defense from coaches box

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Pees will continue to run defense from coaches box

Could the reason the Ravens played better on defense be because of the man above?

Quite possibly. That's where defensive coordinator Dean Pees was for Sunday's 25-15 win at the Cleveland Browns -- in the coaches box and not on the sideline.

"We do plan on doing that going forward. That was Dean's idea. That's something Dean talked about after the game down in Houston," coach John Harbaugh said Monday, referring to the 43-13 bowout loss to the Houston Texans two weeks ago heading into the bye week.

"He'd actually brought it up with me a couple weeks before that, thinking maybe he'd be a little bit more comfortable doing it that way. There's a lot of different ways to do it. I think he feels good up there where he's got a little (better) view of everything. He can see what's going on and make some corrections."

Pees relays the signals to the other defensive coaches Don Martindale, Teryl Austin and Ted Monachino who are on the field.

They bounced back with a much better effort against Cleveland, which had won two of its previous three games.

One of the NFL's worst defenses, the Ravens held the Browns to 116 yards rushing, a significant improvement over the 207 per game they allowed in the previous three outings.

Trent Richardson had 76 yards in the first half against the Ravens (6-2), but he was held to 29 for the rest of the game.

There were plenty of other areas on the offensive side that needed fixing, too. The Ravens were just 5-for-14 on third downs and had trouble moving the ball in the second and third quarters as the Browns mounted a comeback to briefly lead 15-14.

"We're not as good a football team right now as we intend to be, or as we need to be," Harbaugh said. "We have a good record. We're very pleased with where we're at. I'm proud of our guys. That was a tough game."

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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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