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QB picture still fuzzy, Clausen prepared to start

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QB picture still fuzzy, Clausen prepared to start

Quarterback Matt Schaub missed his third straight practice on Friday, increasing the likelihood that Jimmy Clausen will make his first start as a Raven against the Seahawks on Sunday.

Coach John Harbaugh was noncommittal about the quarterback situation after practice on Friday, although he said Schaub threw on his own on Thursday and “threw well.” 

“I don’t think it matters to the Seahawks,” Harbaugh said. “They don’t care. They’re going to play against our offense. That’s what they’re getting ready for. That’s not going to matter to them. 

“We really don’t know yet. … If (Schaub) can go, he will, and if it’s best for our team for Jimmy to go, then that’s the way we’ll do it.”

Schaub has not practiced all week after taking a pounding at Miami last Sunday. He is officially listed as having a chest injury. 

Clausen has been with the Ravens for just two weeks but worked with Ravens offensive coordinator Marc Trestman with the Bears last year. Harbaugh said Clausen did well handling the reps with the starting offense this week. 

“Jimmy’s smart, he’s been in this basic system before, he knows how to handle himself, he’s played a lot of football, so he’s fine,” Harbaugh said.  

Clausen has been on a crash course getting to know the Ravens since being signed Nov. 24 after he was released by the Bears. He has spent extra time working with Ravens receivers and and tight ends, some of whom have been with the Ravens no longer than Clausen. 

“As a backup quarterback, you have to go into every single week preparing like a starter," Clausen said, "because one play could happen and you’re gonna have to get thrown in there, so you have to be ready to go.” 

Clausen, a six-year veteran, has made 12 career starts, including one with the Bears earlier this season. That was a 26-0 loss to the same Seahawks team the Ravens face on Sunday. He was 9-for-17 for 63 yards in that game.

“They fly around to the ball,” Clausen said, “They have great personnel, they get to the quarterback with the front four, play coverage behind it. They got playmakers everywhere.”

Schaub declined to speak with reporters on Friday as he left the locker room. If Schaub can’t play, the Ravens could activate Bryn Renner from the practice squad to be Clausen’s backup. Such a move would need to be made by 4 p.m. Saturday.  

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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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