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Ravens (1-4) vs. 49ers (1-4) - two desperate teams

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Ravens (1-4) vs. 49ers (1-4) - two desperate teams

If you want to see two desperate teams, don’t miss the Ravens’ next game Sunday when they visit the 49ers.

Both the Ravens (1-4) and 49ers (1-4) need a reason for hope. The winner will have some, at least for a week. The loser can basically kiss the 2015 season goodbye.

“We don’t have time to sit and sulk about our problems,” said Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith, after Sunday’s 33-30 overtime loss to the Browns. “It’s not a lot of time to sit back and worry about being 1-4, although it’s hard to look past – it’s very hard to look past- but we have another game. Every game for us from now on, even this one is a playoff game. So, we have to take that mentality for the next 13 weeks, 15 weeks, or however many.”

There will be plenty of storylines leading up to the Ravens-49ers game, such as:

1. 49ers wide receiver Torrey Smith playing against his former team.

2. Ravens coach John Harbaugh facing the organization that forced out his brother, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, despite Harbaugh leading the 49ers to the playoffs three times in four seasons.

3. 49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin facing his former team for the first time since the Ravens traded him.

Boldin and the Ravens won Super Bowl XLVII over the 49ers, but that was almost three years ago, and plenty has changed for both franchises. Right now, the Ravens and 49ers are not Super Bowl teams. They are two desperate teams, just trying to win a game.  And as bad as they feel now, the loser of Sunday’s matchup will feel even worse.

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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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