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Pollard takes losing personal

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Pollard takes losing personal

Bernard Pollard has been silent since the 30-point loss to the Houston Texans before the bye week.

The Ravens safety, who has had injured ribs since Week 2, avoided questions regarding whether or not they're still bothering him. Coach John Harbaugh began listing him on the injury report last week leading into Sunday's game at the Cleveland Browns.

Pollard, usually an affable and easy-going personality, wouldn't speak because he said he had nothing good to say about Baltimore's disappointing performance.

But his team is 5-2, and there's nothing like a victory to soothe bruised pride. The Ravens are noted for defense but are slipping quickly. They're ranked 28th overall and have given up an average of 207 rushing yards per game in their last three outings.

"We have to gang tackle. We just have to go put together 60 minutes of football," Pollard said. "We haven't done that yet."

Pollard was injured vs. the Philadelphia Eagles. He intercepted Michael Vick in the end zone and had gotten a sack. But he took helmet in the rib cage from teammate Courtney Upshaw and couldn't return in the first half as the Ravens lost a 10-point lead and fell 24-23.

The Ravens appear to be trending in the wrong direction going into the second half of the season. They're healthier but there are still key injuries to defensive end Pernell McPhee (thigh), who is out, and defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (shoulder), among others.

"It's always frustration when we're not playing up to par," Pollard said. "For me, I take it personal. I really do.

"As a defense we were banged up. We're still banged up. We got a chance to a heal a little bit. Nobody cares because we're out there playing. … The fans are so tired of hearing us talk about what we're going to do, how we're going to change this, how we're going to change that, we just got to go play. It's repetitive. I'm tired of hearing it."

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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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