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Ravens vs. Raiders
at M&T Bank Stadium, 1 p.m. ET

The line: Ravens -9.

Last week: Ravens (6-2) beat the Cleveland Browns 25-15; Raiders (3-5) lost 42-32 to the Tampa Bay Bucs.

Series: Ravens lead, 6-1. The Raiders' only victory was Dec. 14, 2003, 20-12.

Last meeting: Ravens won 21-13 in a regular season game on Jan. 3, 2010.
Burning question: Will Joe Flacco return to form at home, where he has played like a top QB early in the season, or continue his streak of four consecutive games with less than 240 yards passing and 56.2% completion rate?

Keys to victory on offense: Without DT Richard Seymour, the Raiders will have even more trouble stuffing the run or pressuring Flacco. The Ravens found something last week with RBs Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce. Expect them to use the same formula, though Rice likely won't need 25 carries in this one. That should mean more work for the rookie, Pierce. The Raiders play a lot of zone coverages, which is good news for TEs Dennis Pitta and Ed Dickson. They need to get involved in the offense again and this is the game to do it. These factors should loosen up the Raiders underneath should open up the deep ball again for Flacco.

Keys to victory on defense: The Ravens bottled up the run in the second half last week against Cleveland's Trent Richardson. With the Raiders missing their two best runners, anything less than a four-quarter shutdown would be a disappointment. QB Carson Palmer threw 61 times last week and has thrown fewer than 33 passes only once. The retooled Ravens secondary with CBs Cary Williams, Jimmy Smith and Corey Graham.

Injury report: RAVENS -- Out: DE Pernell McPhee (thigh); Questionable: DT Haloti Ngata (shoulder), G Bobbie Williams (ankle), G Marshal Yanda (ankle); Probable: LB Josh Bynes (thigh), S Sean Considine (chest), LS Morgan Cox (shoulder), LB Dannell Ellerbe (finger),  WR Jacoby Jones (toe), DT Ma'ake Kemoeatu (knee), T Michael Oher (ankle), S Bernard Pollard (chest), S Ed Reed (shoulder/knee), CB Jimmy Smith (abs), LB Terrell Suggs (ankle).

RAIDERS -- Out: RB Darren McFadden (ankle), RB Mike Goodson (ankle), DT Richard Seymour (knee/hamstring), CB Shawntae Spencer (foot); Questionable: T Khalif Barnes (groin); Probable: T Willie Smith (knee), FB Marcel Reece (hamstring), TE Richard Gordon (hamstring), TE Brandon Myers (shoulder), K Sebastian Janikowski (groin), LB Miles Burris (elbow), LB Keenan Clayton (shoulder), DT Desmond Bryant (cardiac), DE Matt Shaughnessy (shoulder), DE David Tollefson (shoulder), CB Coye Francies (thumb), S Mike Mitchell (finger), S Matt Giordano (hamstring).

Prediction: Ravens 34-17.

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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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