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Ravens hope special teams return to form

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Ravens hope special teams return to form

The Ravensspecial teams unit, greatly improved this year after an offseason ofupgrades, ran into its first blips against Cleveland. The Ravensbotched a snap on an extra-point attempt, had an ill-advised fair catchinterference penalty on Anthony Allen and yielded a season-long 40-yard puntreturn. Special teamscoordinator Jerry Rosburg explained that on the failed extra-point attempt, theRavens alignment was "too tight," and the snap from Morgan Coxdeflected off the foot of right guard Bobbie Williams.On the long puntreturn by the Browns' Travis Benjamin, "We just squeezed too much to theshort side of the field and he beat us to the edge," Rosburg explained."And our ultimate contain player got knocked down, so it was one of thoseinadvertent collisions that lost the edge for us. Those are things we have toclean up. After ranking31st in kick coverage last season (allowing 29.2 yards a return) and tying afranchise record by giving up three return touchdowns, the Ravens made severalacquisitions in the offseason designed to strengthen special teams, signingCorey Graham, Sean Considine, James Ihedigbo and re-signing Brendon Ayanbadejo.Those moves havepaid dividends. Other than the40-yarder, the Ravens have allowed 7.7 yards per punt return, a significantimprovement over the 11.9 average last season. The Ravens rank fifth in kickcoverage in 2012, yielding 20.4 yards per return.They face anothermajor test on Sunday at Kansas City, though, in Javier Arenas.Arenas, theChiefs' second-round pick out of Alabama in 2010, ranks sixth in the league inpunt return average (13.3). He ranked third in the league last season (12.8)and has averaged 21.0 yards per kick return in his career. "We reallyliked him as a player coming out of college," Rosburg said. "Hes gotsuch good vision and good strength and makes good decisions, and he can cut. Heputs his foot in the ground and changes directions like you want your returnerto do.""Hes thekind of guy that you really do respect after watching him on tape,"Rosburg added, "and we have to do a really good job on our coverage tocontain this man.

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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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