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Ravens kicking game has been something special


Ravens kicking game has been something special

The Ravens locker room, basking in victory for just the second time this season, broke out in a chant.

"Jer-ry! Jer-ry! Jer-ry!"

The cheering was directed at special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg, whose unit received the game ball from coach John Harbaugh after the Ravens' 29-26 win over the Chargers last week.

It was also a fitting tribute in that the Ravens special teams group has been by far the most consistently successful unit through the midpoint of a disappointing 2015 season.

In the win over the Chargers, every special teams unit played a key role in the win. Kicker Justin Tucker went 5-for-5 on field goals. Punter Sam Koch boomed a 62-yarder to the Chargers 3-yard line in the fourth quarter that flipped field position and proved to be one of the key plays of the game. The kick return and kick coverage teams both excelled; Raheem Mostert returned a kick 33 yards, and the Ravens stuffed Jacoby Jones for a 2-yard loss on his only punt return. Asa Jackson blocked a Chargers extra-point kick.


“The special teams players got the game ball. It was really an honor to be a part of that. I’m very proud of them," Rosburg said last week. "They made a difference in that game, and they’ve played well in other games."

Rosburg has the luxury of having a Pro Bowl kicker in Tucker and a punter in Koch who should be headed to his first Pro Bowl this year as well. Koch leads the league in punting (49.4) and net punting (45.6). (Rosburg had made an impassioned defense of Koch last year when he was passed over for the Pro Bowl.)

But Rosburg also has the tricky task of mixing and matching personnel each week, depending on which players make up the 46-man game-day roster; those final few players on the right side of the roster bubble are often the ones that end up on Rosburg's special teams units on any given Sunday.

Special teams play is often noticed when things go badly -- a botched snap, a fumbled return, a long return the other way. But far more often than not this year, things have gone well for Rosburg and the Ravens.

"Our players are the ones making that happen," Rosburg said. "They’re playing hard. They’re practicing hard, and it’s good to see them get that (game ball) award.”

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Ravens lower concession prices at M&T Bank Stadium ahead of 2018 season


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.