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Ravens defense steps up in fourth quarter

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Ravens defense steps up in fourth quarter

On paper, it wasnt perfect. The Ravens had problems on defense again. They gave 396 yards of total offense and 30 points as New England quarterback Tom Brady guided the Patriots to 33 first downs.
Brady moved the Patriots up and down the field, often with ease until the Ravens defense stiffened in the fourth quarter. Baltimore stopped New England on its final two drives and scored the games last 10 points to edge the Patriots, 31-30, in a wild game Sunday night.
The Patriots took a 30-21 lead when Stephen Gostkowski kicked a 20-yard field goal on the second play of the fourth quarter. That wrapped up a 13-play, 78-yard drive that ate up nearly six minutes. The Ravens then punted on their next possession, and New England appeared in control.
But the Patriots didnt do any more damage. The Ravens gave up two first downs on New Englands next possession and forced a punt while the Ravens scored on their last two possessions. Justin Tucker kicked a 27-yard field goal as time ran out to give the Ravens the win.
Coach John Harbaugh said the two defensive stops in the fourth quarter were huge and played a big role in the comeback.
Thats what they had to do to win the game, Harbaugh said. We were fighting like crazy. I am really proud of our defense for stepping up and getting those stops when they did.
The final New England drive proved the biggest test. A turned-over interception call plus an unsportsmanlinke conduct penalty gave the Pats a first-and-10 on the Baltimore 45. But Ray Lewis and Dannell Ellerbe stopped Stevan Ridley for one yard. Ellerbe and Haloti Ngata then combined to sack Brady for a 7-yard loss, forcing third-and-16 from the New England 49.
The Ravens then got good coverage on third down and pressured Brady, forcing him to throw an incomplete pass. New England then had to punt, which set up the winning drive.
They're a good defense," New England quarterback Tom Brady said. "They play well at home, and we just didn't really take advantage of our opportunities."
Cornerback Lardarius Webb said the defense just needs to keep working and trying to get better, and hes still confident despite the struggles of the first three weeks.
I think we still have a great defense, Webb said. I think we still played like the Ravens. We just have to correct some things. We just have to keep practicing hard the way were doing, keep correcting the mistakes that were doing on the field, and just move on.

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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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