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Penalties add twist to new PAT rule


Penalties add twist to new PAT rule

The Ravens game at Philadelphia on Saturday illustrated just how the new extra-point rule could add a major twist this season.

After the Ravens scored their first touchdown against the Eagles, they lined up for a two-point conversion, which was good. Hang on a second. ...  Robert Myers was called for holding on the play. That pushed the ball back 10 yards, and rather than try a two-point conversion from the 12, the Ravens opted for the traditional extra-point kick.

But under the new rule this year, PAT kicks are spotted at the 15. Once the penalty was enforced, the ball was spotted at the 25, and Justin Tucker was suddenly staring at a 43-yard extra point.

After the Ravens next touchdown, they again tried for two, and again there was a penalty. This time, Konrad Reuland was flagged for unnecessary roughness, a 15-yard penalty. So Tucker's extra-point kick turned to be a whopping 48-yarder.

Tucker, who has never missed an exta-point kick in his Ravens career, hit them both. But the idea that the extra point kick is boring and automatic -- which was the reasoning behind the rule change in the first place -- vanishes when the kick is from 43 or 48 yards.

Incidentally, through the first two weeks of the preseason, kickers leaguewide are 90-for-95 on extra points, a success rate of 94.7 percent.

That rate will likely drop if, like the Ravens, teams have to kick PATs from 40-plus yards.

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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.