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Jaguars at Ravens
Comcast SportsNet, 7:30 p.m., Thursday
M&T Bank Stadium

History: Jags lead the regular season series, 10-7.

Rewind: Jags won the last meeting 12-7 on Oct. 24, 2011 in Jacksonville.

Recap: The Ravens are 1-1 in the preseason, with the first unit only scoring one touchdown in a 31-17 win in the opener at the Atlanta Falcons. QB Joe Flacco looked more comfortable in the hurry-up offense in last week's 27-12 loss to the Detroit Lions, but the success of it will be measured by how many touchdowns he can generate -- not field goals. ... The Jags are 2-0 in the preseason and have surprisingly done it with offense. They won 32-31 vs. the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants and 27-24 at the New Orleans Saints.

Key matchups: Without Maurice Jones-Drew, the Jags are riding with RB Rashad Jennings (5.1 yards per carry). He could test the strength of the Ravens' run defense. Top draft pick, WR Justin Blackmon, will be facing a lot of one-on-one coverage from the Ravens' secondary which has allowed the Falcons' Julio Jones and Calvin Johnson of the Lions to have big games.

The skinny: Expect some risk-taking, particularly with play-calling as Flacco declared he wanted the team to take more chances in the red zone. The defensive line hasn't achieved much pressure on the opposing quarterback, so that will be looked at especially closely with the next round of cuts coming Monday. ... QB Blaine Gabbert, coming off a miserable rookie campaign, has gotten the Jags off to quick starts by leading them on touchdown drives to open each game. Gabbert has a 126.1 passer rating. And they've done it without Jones-Drew, the NFL's leading rusher last season with 1,606 yard who has held out all of training camp for a new deal even though he has two years left on his contract.

Prediction: Ravens 28-14

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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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