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Ravens look for improvement versus Lions

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Ravens look for improvement versus Lions

The location of the Ravens second pre-season game couldnt be better for the team.
Playing at home always helps a football team, and the Ravens will likely do better this Friday against the Lions than they did in the pre-season opener with Atlanta -- something they need.
The first game often is filled with mistakes, and even through the Ravens did win over the Falcons, they started poorly and struggled throughout the first two quarters on both offense and defense.
But, like any other NFL team, the key in the next game is to do better. The Ravens are going to be looking for the starters to improve and everyone to find more success, but coach John Harbaugh knows that.
There is good and bad, but this is the first pre-season game, and we will improve, Harbaugh said after the Atlanta win. You just take every play and every series for what it is.
Ed Reed may have said it best when talking about how much the defense had trouble at firstits early and everything will come.
We needed to start faster, but thats how it is in training camp, Reed said after the game. You still have to get your legs under you. Yeah, we need to jump start things a bit faster, but it will come.
For those fans panicking, remember that there are three more pre-season games left and the season-opener doesnt come for almost a month. The Ravens have got time.
And thats why turning in a good effort against the Lions would be helpful. If the team can do things better and build upon that, this is what pre-seasons for and its certainly going to help to do it on their home field.

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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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