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Ravens defense comes up big in Cleveland

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Ravens defense comes up big in Cleveland

The defense played a key role in helping the Ravens pull out a tough 25-15 victory over the Browns Sunday in Cleveland.

This was a game when the offense started great and finished strongly but became very quiet for about two quarters. It was something like what happened with the defense in the past, when they needed to help out a struggling offense to pull out a win. Both the defense and offense worked together on this one, but the defense came up big at the right times. 

The offense's lack of ability to move the ball for about two quarters often played a big role in helping the Browns start out with good field position on several drives, often around their own 40 yard-line. Cleveland needed just a little bit of work to move into scoring range, but the Ravens didn't allow the Browns into the end zone. Cleveland made it into the red zone five times but came away with five field goals and no touchdowns, a big reason the Ravens were able to hang on for this victory.

"Some times they got in field goal range, most of the time they got in field goal range," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said in his post-game press conference. "And then we were able to hold them to the field goal."

The Browns actually scored one touchdown that would have given them a 19-14 lead in the fourth quarter, but it was called back due to a penalty, a big break for the Ravens. Baltimore stopped the Browns after that and forced them to kick a field goal for a 15-14 lead. The Ravens then scored the game's final 11 points. 

Another big stop came after the Ravens had taken back the lead at 22-15. The Browns faced a fourth-and-2 at their own 28 with about four minutes left and decided to go for it-- but they came up empty on that play, giving the Ravens the ball in field goal position. Justin Tucker kicked the game-clinching field goal moments later. 

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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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