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Ravens to hold joint practices with Eagles in August

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Ravens to hold joint practices with Eagles in August

OWINGS MILLS – The Ravens will hold joint practices in August with the Eagles in Philadelphia, prior to the Aug. 22 Eagles-Ravens preseason game. Ravens coach John Harbaugh confirmed the decision following the conclusion of rookie camp Saturday.

“We’re going to go up there three days before we play them in the second preseason game,” Harbaugh said.  “We’re excited about that, looking forward to it.”

The Ravens held three days of joint practices with the 49ers last season, when Harbaugh’s brother, Jim, was still the 49ers’ head coach. After talking to Eagles coach Chip Kelly, John Harbaugh felt Eagles-Ravens joint practices would work out well for both teams.

“I don’t know Chip very well,” Harbaugh said. “Jim’s always spoken really highly of him, but obviously I have great respect for him. We were just talking at the owners meetings, kind of wondering why we don’t play each other more in the preseason. See if we could work something out. Looks like we’re going to be able to do that.”

As for the regular season, the Ravens are still trying to decide whether they will stay out West between their West coast games. The Eagles play at Denver in Week 1, then at Oakland in Week 2. In October, the Ravens play at San Francisco in Week 6, and at Arizona in Week 7.  

“Have not made a final decision on staying out there,” Harbaugh said. “We’re leaning in that direction, especially the first week. We’ll see about the second week. It’s a little bit longer trip. We’ve got a couple of sleep study doctors and time zone doctors and things like that we’re talking to. We just want to do the smartest thing, whatever it is. We’ll have a decision on that in two weeks let’s say.”

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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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