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Polamalu out; McPhee doubtful

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Polamalu out; McPhee doubtful

Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu is officially out for Sunday’s game against the Ravens, who may have to play for the third game in a row without defensive end Pernell McPhee.

Polamalu was trying to get back after playing just two games this season because of a torn calf muscle, but he hasn’t practiced all week.

McPhee has missed the Ravens’ last two wins against the Cleveland Browns and Oakland Raiders because of a sore knee.

He was optimistic about his chances to play Thursday because he had limited practice without a brace, but McPhee didn’t take the field Friday and is now listed as doubtful for the Steelers game.

Also held out by the Ravens were tackle Terrence Cody (arm) and safety Christian Thompson (thigh). Both are listed as questionable for Sunday.

The only Ravens player who has been declared out is cornerback Jimmy Smith, who had surgery to repair a groin muscle tear Thursday.

Tackle Haloti Ngata (shoulder), who dressed but didn't play vs. the Raiders, is listed as probable along with 11 other Ravens: Jacoby Jones (toe), Bernard Pollard (ribs), Terrell Suggs (ankle), Courtney Upshaw (shoulder), Bobbie Williams (ankle), Marshal Yanda (ankle), Ed Reed (shoulder/leg/neck), Dannell Ellerbe (thumbs), Sean Considine (knee/chest) and Ray Rice (toe).

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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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