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Preview, prediction for Ravens (1-4) at 49ers (1-4)


Preview, prediction for Ravens (1-4) at 49ers (1-4)

An analysis and prediction for Ravens at 49ers, Sunday (4:25), a game both 1-4 teams need to win desperately:

Why the Ravens could win:

1. They should move the ball against the 49ers’ porous defense.

San Francisco is ranked 31st overall, next-to-last, in total defense. Generating offense has not been the problem for the Ravens. Quarterback Joe Flacco and company could be looking at another 30-point plus game.

2. The Ravens should be able to pressure 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick

Only Alex Smith of the Chiefs (sacked 22 times) and Russell Wilson of the Seahawks (21) have been sacked more than Kaepernick (16). If Kaepernick can’t set his feet to throw, he often struggles to throw accurately.

3. Important road games often bring out the Ravens’ best.

Their only win came at Pittsburgh, and during Flacco’s time in Baltimore, many of his best games have come on the road. This will feel like a road playoff game, and the Ravens seem to embrace that kind of atmosphere.

Why the 49ers could win:

1. Kaepernick is coming off his best game of the season.

If Derek Carr of the Raiders and Josh McCown of the Browns are capable of carving up the Ravens’ defense, there is reason to believe Kaepernick can do the same. Kaepernick regained some confidence Week 5 against the Giants (23 completions, two touchdowns, 107.1 quarterback rating). Meanwhile, his mobility gives the Ravens another dimension to worry about.

Said Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees, “I think he has converted more third downs with his feet than he has his arm, and that’s scary. If he gets loose, he’s a nightmare.”

2. Wide receiver Torrey Smith can take the top off the Ravens’ defense.

The former Ravens’ receiver will be stoked for this game, and the Ravens have struggled with other speed receivers like Amari Cooper (Raiders) and A. J. Green (Bengals). Smith is going to test the Ravens’ secondary, and the result may be a few game-changing plays.

3. Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith (back) may not be 100 percent, if he even plays.

Smith’s toughness is well-documented, but if he plays, he’ll be making a speedy recovery from micro fractures in his back. If he’s not 100 percent, that will help a 49ers defense which struggles against the pass.

PREDICTION: Look for another close game, but this time, the Ravens find a way to win it.

RAVENS 23, 49ERS 20

Prediction record this season: 2-3

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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.