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Ravens looking for better start

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Ravens looking for better start

It was only the first quarter of the first preseason game, but the results were pretty alarming: The Falcons moved effortlessly down the field on their first possession, an eight-play, 80-yard scoring drive in which Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan picked part the Ravens defense, particularly going after cornerback Cary Williams.
The Ravens, meanwhile, established nothing offensively in the first quarter, with three straight three-and-out series.
Total offense in the first quarter: Atlanta 186, Ravens 4.
And this was with the starters from both teams on the field.

OK, a lot of caveats: Linebacker Ray Lewis didn't play at all, and neither did center Matt Birk. The Ravens started two rookies on the offensive line, a good learning experience for them, to be sure, but perhaps not a great barometer to assess the overall offensive line.
"The first quarter was not good at all," coach John Harbaugh said afterward. "We couldnt catch the ball or establish the run game. They did a great job against our defensive scheme. (Matt Ryan) took his offense right down the field against us a couple times, which was disappointing. They made some plays against us on both sides of the ball. They definitely have some playmakers on their team. As a unit, we have lots to look at and lots to improve upon."
The question now is how much better the Ravens can be Friday night in the preseason home opener against Detroit.
To be sure, Detroit game counts exactly zero in the standings. What matters isn't the score of the game, but how this team continues to evolve as the season opener on Sept. 10 draws nearer.

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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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