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Ravens-Browns observations

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Ravens-Browns observations

It wasn't beautiful, but it was a win. That's probably the best way to summarize the Ravens' 25-15 victory over the Browns on Sunday in Cleveland. That let the Ravens improve to 6-2 this season. 

Here's a few quick observations on the defense and special teams:

GOOD WORK IN THE RED ZONE-- The Browns were able to drive down into the red zone five times, but never scored a touchdown. Keeping Cleveland 0-for-5 on those drives inside the 20 proved crucial for the Ravens in this game. The defense got one big break when the Browns were called for a penalty that wiped out a touchdown pass from Brandon Weeden which would have given them a 19-14 lead near the midway point of the fourth quarter. Instead, they had to kick a field goal for just a one-point edge. That left the door open for the Ravens to rally and score the game's final 11 points.

DOING WELL ENOUGH-- The defense gave up 17 first downs and 290 total yards on a day when they bent but really didn't break. The Ravens wasted an early 14-0 lead, but the defense forced the Browns to kick just those five field goals while the offense sputtered for over two quarters. This was a game where the defense did just enough to help post a victory.

STRANGE DECISIONS-- The Browns had fourth-and-two from their own 28 with just under four minutes left -- and went for it. It was an odd decision because there was still about four minutes left with the Ravens leading by just four. Weeden's pass was incomplete which gave the Ravens the ball back and easily set up a game-clinching field goal. 

TURNOVERS-- Cary Williams and Ed Reed both came up with second-half interceptions which stopped the Browns on two of their possessions. Reed's interception late in the fourth quarter locked up the victory.

GOOD KICKING-- Justin Tucker kicked a 43-yard field goal late in the fourth quarter that gave the Ravens a 25-15 lead with 2:49 left in the game. That kick clinched the victory and improved the Ravens to 6-2 on the season. 

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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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