Just how good is this Ravens defense?
On paper, it still should be formidable even without 2011 Defensive Player of the Year Terrell Suggs.
Earlier in the week, after the first unit was shredded by Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan and receiver Julio Jones, emotions boiled over as the Ravens fought among themselves at training camp.
Dean Pees is the new defensive coordinator after Chuck Pagano left to be head coach of the Indianapolis Colts, but not much is expected to change. Some key players such as Ray Lewis, 37, and Ed Reed, 33, may be older, but safety Bernard Pollard insists too much emphasis is being put on their age.
A strong showing vs. the Detroit Lions on Friday night, the Ravens' first home preseason game, could go a long way to quieting the chatter at least for now.
"Were going to be really good. Suggs is doing everything to get back as quick as he can. We want him to be 100 percent when he comes back. The guys we have in our defense now have to step up," Pollard told CSNBaltimore.com. "That's the name of the game...We've got some guys who are eager to show the city of Baltimore they're ready to play some football.
"It's going to be a lot of fun. Ray (Lewis) is playing at a high level right now. The dude is a freak of nature. You look at Ed Reed. Everybody's talking about how old we are. We have a young defense. We're rolling around. We're having a blast out there. DP is doing a good job of knowing what we're capable of and having that mind-set to put us in the right position to use all his weapons -- like Chuck did. No difference. Not at all."
The Ravens' inactive list vs. the Lions includes receiver David Reed, linebackers Josh Bynes, Darryl Blackstock and Suggs, tackle Jah Reid, tight ends Ed Dickson and Dennis Pitta and tackle Ryan McBean.
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.
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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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