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Ravens faith-based organization

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Ravens faith-based organization

You hear faith and football and maybe your first thought is Faith Hill and her song that introduces each week’s Sunday night game on NBC.

But as coach John Harbaugh indicated in comments after last weekend’s win in San Diego, he feels his Ravens are tied together at least partly by their shared faith.

Referring to Ray Lewis’ pregame speech on the themes of hope, love and faith, Harbaugh said: “Those are three things that bind a football team together and bind a group of people together with each other and with their creator. To see it pay off like that, with that kind of success, is more of a validation of faith and trust in one another and in God. I don’t like to say it too much because I know some people don’t like to hear that, but it’s a big part of who we are as a team."

The team’s website, baltimoreravens.com, explored the subject in a piece this week, speaking with, among others, the team chaplain, Rod Hairston.

“We have a head coach and a general manager whose relationship with God really forms many of their approaches to coaching and leadership,” Hairston said. “It shapes a sense of integrity about how people deal with one another, it shapes a passion for excellence, it shapes the outlook when things look like they aren’t going well.”

Receiver Anquan Boldin said it’s also a matter of balance, giving a player some perspective.

 “I think if all you have is football, you’ll go crazy,” Boldin said. “It gives you a bigger picture. At the end of the day with this game, we’ll be judged by wins and losses. But when we look at the bigger picture, we’ll be judged on how effective we were in the locker room. How many lives did we change? How many people did we influence? I see that now as opposed to earlier in my career.”

The atmosphere with the Ravens also apparently helped make a change with cornerback Cary Williams, who had been something of a malcontent earlier in his career.

“It’s just one of those things where I lean heavily on my faith,” Williams said, “and I believe that God puts us through things that make us stronger, put us through situations so we can bless others.”

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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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