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Ravens blow late lead, lose to Browns in OT

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Ravens blow late lead, lose to Browns in OT

BALTIMORE -- Five things we learned watching the Ravens (1-4) lose 33-30 to the Browns, a stunning defeat for them at M&T Bank Stadium:

1. The Ravens have never been in this kind of October trouble under coach John Harbaugh

Welcome to the AFC North basement. The Ravens are injury riddled, and their next two games are out West against the 49ers and the Cardinals. Things could get worse before they get better. Think about it. The Ravens still haven’t won a home game yet. They had not lost to the Browns since 2007. Things that never happened to the Ravens since Harbuugh and quarterback Joe Flacco arrived in 2008 have happened this year. The forecast for the Ravens right now looks very bleak.

2. Ravens injuries are a huge concern

The list of Ravens injuries that were announced included outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil (groin), cornerback Lardarius Webb (thigh), cornerback Will Davis (knee), and wide receiver Darren Waller (concussion). Ravens running back Justin Forsett , who had 121 yards rushing, Webb remained in uniform on the sideline after his injury, which could be an indication that his injury would not be long-term. However, Dumervil’s injury could be very damaging to the defense, as could the mounting injuries to the secondary. Terrell Suggs (Achilles injury) is already gone for the season, and he and Dumervil combined for 29 sacks last season. Meanwhile, imagine if Brooks, Webb, and Davis are all unable to play Week 6 against the 49ers. The Browns moved the ball up and down the field in the second half. The Ravens may not be able to stop the 49ers, or any other opponent, with a patchwork defense.

3. The Ravens generated offense without Steve Smith (back injury)

Without their leading receiver, the Ravens scored 30 points, which is usually enough. Give credit to Kamar Aiken (four catches, 78 yards) who has stepped up this season more than any other Ravens receiver not named Smith. However, the Ravens stalled out when it mattered most, settling for a field goal at the end of regulation, then going three-and-out on their first possession of OT. Not having Smith in those clutch moments really hurt.

4. Wide receiver Jeremy Ross gave the Ravens a major boost

Ross won’t be going back to the practice squad anytime soon. He had a 46-yard kickoff return, a 17-yard punt rerun, and caught two passes for 18 yards. The Ravens have found a returner, and another target for Flacco.

5. Browns quarterback Josh McCown is a problem for the Ravens

McCown beat Baltimore in 2013 when he was with the Bears. He did it again today, with a superb performance, throwing for 457 yards. McCown may not get respect everywhere, but he should get it from the Ravens.

MORE RAVENS: CB Davis, Webb both leave game in second quarter

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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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