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Ravens face four tough opponents to end season

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Ravens face four tough opponents to end season

The last quarter of the Ravens’ 2015 season could be the toughest.

All four teams remaining on their schedule have winning records. And while the Ravens (4-8) play their next three games at home, we have already seen the Ravens lose to the Browns and the Jaguars at home.

Here’s a quick look at the Ravens’ remaining four games:

- Sunday vs. Seahawks (7-5)

Seattle has won three straight, and quarterback Russell Wilson (21 touchdown, seven interceptions) is having his best season.  The Seahawks didn’t look like the defending NFC champions earlier in September. Now they do.

- Week 15 vs. Chiefs (7-5)

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Kansas City is even hotter than Seattle, riding a six-game winning streak. The Chiefs are playing opportunistic defense with 17 interceptions, second most in the NFL. Think the Chiefs’ secondary will be ball-hawking against Ravens quarterback Matt Schaub?

- Week 16 vs. Steelers (7-5)

The Ravens won at Pittsburgh in Week 4, but that was when Joe Flacco, Steve Smith, and Justin Forsett were healthy, and Ben Roethlisberger wasn’t.  Antonio Brown of the Steelers (1,310 receiving yards) might be the NFL’s best receiver, and he’s even more dangerous with Roethlisberger at the helm. Much to the chagrin of Ravens’ fans, the archrival Steelers could be peaking at the right time.

- Week 17 at Bengals (10-2)

Even if the Bengals have clinched the AFC North by Week 17, they could be playing for the No. 1 seed, or a first-round bye. The Bengals have beaten the Ravens four straight times, and A. J. Green had a career-high 227 yards receiving against Baltimore in Week 3.

So there you have it. It has already been a tough season for the Ravens. The remaining schedule won’t make it any easier.

 

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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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