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Ravens need guys to step up and fill holes

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Ravens need guys to step up and fill holes

The Ravens know what they need in the early weeks of the seasonhelp from the younger and unproven players.
Theres no choice in that matter. This happens to all teams, but the Ravens really are going to need it on defense with Terrell Suggs out. But they might require some more help this year, more than in the past.
We knew in the off-season that we were going to be missing some guys, and some guys are still not as healthy, Ed Reed said when talking to the media on Thursday. But thats part of the game. Thats part of the business.
Every team deals with this in some form or another, but the Ravens really have some holes to fill and questions to answer on both sides of the ball.
The loss of Suggs has been well-documented. But theres been other holes that have opened up. The Ravens lost key free agents and players on both sides of the ball. Now, its going to be time for people to step up.
And Reed said thats something the Ravens look forward to seeing, especially on defense where Suggs injury leaves a very big hole.
Those guys have been through when I was down; weve been through when Ray was down, and now were going through with Sizzle down, Reed said. Terrell is a big part of our team, a big part of what we do, and guys are going to have to step up. Not just one player, every guy thats on offense, defense and special teams. Weve all got to pick up the slack because we know what Terrell brings to the tablehes definitely going to be missed until we get him back.
Reeds rightthe Ravens survived times when he was out. They went 4-0 without Lewis last year. Now comes another test. Who will step up this time?

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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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