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Ravens fans assist in home dominance

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Ravens fans assist in home dominance

At M&T Bank Stadium, the Ravens have proven almost impossible to beat.

They went 8-0 at home last season and have won 18 of their last 19 games there. About to enter his fifth season, coach John Harbaugh is undefeated in openers.

While the Ravens are trying to forget about all of that going into Monday night's opener vs. the Cincinnati Bengals, its hard to overlook even if cornerback Lardarius Webb wants to declare their dominance irrelevant.

"This is a whole new year. A whole new start. A whole new team. We really don't worry about any of those streaks that we had last year. We're trying to start of a streak this year and it starts off by going 1-0," Webb said.

But why is it so difficult for road teams to win in Baltimore? The last home loss was 13-10 to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Dec. 5, 2010.

"We have great fans here, and I think when our defense gets out there and is playing with that much noise, it causes the other offense to really think about some of the things that they are doing just because of the noise they have to deal with," Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco said. "It can get us going a little bit. ... We definitely feel the energy of the crowd. We feel comfortable there.

Center Matt Birk sometimes faces similar challenges on the road.

"It's the crowds noise. Where you can really gain an advantage is on defense. That crowd is loud. Makes it very difficult to communicate offensively," he said. "You have to combat that. There are certain things you cant do. You cant do everything you want on offense if youre playing in a loud, loud place. Theres a clock, youre under pressure and this and that. You can use that to your advantage. I think our defense does that."

Knowing how difficult it can be to face the Ravens' defense in practice, receiver Tandon Doss agrees.

"Our fans are great. Our defense is unbelievable. Going against them each and every day you've got to bring your A game," Doss said. "If not you're going to get locked down. It's tough."

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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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