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Ravens-Bengals predictions

NFL experts areweighing in with their Week 1 picks, and they are nearly unanimous in theirbelief that the Ravens will take care of the Bengals at M&T Bank Stadium onMonday night. The Ravens figure to be charged up playing a season-opener onMonday night at home, and now have the added emotion of playing in the wake ofArt Modell's death on Thursday. Seven of eightCBSSports.com experts pick the Ravens to win, with Will Brinson being therenegade on the Bengals. Also, all 12ESPN experts have picked the Ravens to win. Then again, that might spelltrouble; all 12 ESPN experts also picked the Giants to beat Dallas onWednesday, and that didn't happen.
Here is how someof the national media see the game Monday night:Albert Breer, NFLNetwork: Ravens 23, Bengals 17"Joe Flaccohas been seen as a quarterback whose numbers are depressed by the system heplays in and what he's being asked to do. This year, with Terrell Suggs downand the Ravens going more fast-break on offense, that will change."
Mike Florio, ProFootball Talk: Ravens 31, Bengals 24"Cincinnati getsits first chance in 2012 to win a game that it shouldnt. Though in timethose wins will come, the Ravens have too much talent on both sides of theball."Peter King,Sports Illustrated: Baltimore 30,Cincinnati 23"Black crepe paperover the stadium in Baltimore Monday evening. The man who brought the Ravens toBaltimore, Art Modell, who died Thursday morning, gave that community a teamfor generations to treasure."Pete Prisco: Baltimore28, Cincinnati 24"The Bengals havea chance here to show right off the bat that 2011 wasn't a fluke. This is notan easy place to play, especially on a Monday night. The Ravens unveiled theirno-huddle offense this summer and Joe Flacco looked good running it. I thinkthat carries over here. The Bengals will have some matchup problems. AndyDalton can't keep up" Mark Schlereth,ESPN: Ravens (no score given)"I haveserious concerns about that (Ravens) defense without Terrell Suggs, but still,at home, season opener, Ray Rice, a little too much for Cincinnati."Michael DavidSmith, Pro Football Talk: Ravens 16, Bengals 13"The Bengals tooka big step forward last year with the emergence of a young offense led by AndyDalton and A.J. Green. This is an opportunity for them to make a very bigstatement aboutreordering the AFC North, but I see the Ravens defensemaking a big statement that theyre not going to let their young rivals get thebest of them just yet."

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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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