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Polamalu targets Ravens for return


Polamalu targets Ravens for return

Look out Ravens. When they play the Pittsburgh Steelers for the first time on Nov. 18, safety Troy Polamalu likely will be back in uniform.

Coach Mike Tomlin said Polamalu, who has been limited by a right calf injury all season, should be able to greet the visiting Ravens (6-2), according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Will Allen has filled Polamalu's spot for the last four games as the Steelers have won three of them. Allen's fifth start in a row will come Monday vs. the Kansas City Chiefs.

But Allen's run will end if Polamalu can come back against Baltimore.

"Will's done a nice job for us playing in place of Troy over the last couple weeks," Tomlin said, according to the Post-Gazette. "The assets of his game are he's a deliberate run-force guy, he's got good range and he's consistently physical.

How does RB Rashard Mendenhall fit in the Steelers' plans is unclear. Tomlin wouldn't confirm that he'd be the starter again if healthy. Jonathan Dwyer and Isaac Redman have combined to give Pittsburgh (5-3) three consecutive weeks of 100-plus yard rushers.

"Whoever's being productive when healthy is going to get the totes. I really think it's that simple. I'm not going to make it any more complex than it has to be," Tomlin said. "At times this season we've had a running back-by-committee approach because none of them had been overly effective at that time. When someone's effective, they'll get the ball."

The Post-Gazette said Mendenhall, who has a sore Achilles after coming off a knee ligament tear, will be questionable to play Monday while Dwyer could play. Dwyer had a thigh injury that forced him to miss last weeks' game.

Bengals: They've lost four in a row after beginning the season 3-1. The reason? They've been sub-par int he second half.

According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Bengals have been outscored 68-40 during the fourth quarter of this losing streak. In three of those games they have had a lead in the fourth. Quarterback Andy Dalton has thrown six of his 11 interceptions and also had a fumble in those second halves.

“When you’re in a funk you just continue to grind and practice as hard as you can. You just try to take care of your business during the week,” safety Chris Crocker said. “This year, if you look at it we haven’t gotten as many turnovers and haven’t played great in special teams.”

Browns: RB Trent Richardson is looking forward to the bye. He ran for 105 yards in a 25-15 loss to the Ravens last week.

"This bye week is going to be big for me as far as having the rib injury. It hasn't really been where I could be at 100% yet so I'm waiting for that moment. It's going to make a big difference having this bye week," Richardson said. "Whenever they heal 100%, I don't know if it will be over this bye week, but when it does it's going to be a whole other Trent out there."

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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.