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Ravens, Patriots both looking to bounce back

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Ravens, Patriots both looking to bounce back

The Ravens andPatriots both enter their contest Sunday night coming off a loss, and bothfacing the sobering prospect of leaving M&T Bank Stadium with a losingrecord. These franchises,after all, are not used to losing. Especially not two in a row.The Ravens havewon 13 straight games immediately after a loss, the longest such active winningstreak in the league. In coach John Harbaugh's tenure, the Ravens are 16-4 ingames after a loss and haven't had a two-game losing streak since early in the2009 season. (Lest any Ravens fans hit the panic button if the Ravens were tolose Sunday, they had a three-game skid in 2009 and still made the playoffs.) "I justthink we have a good team," quarterback Joe Flacco said at his weeklymedia session on Wednesday. "We've been a pretty good team since I've beenhere, and good teams are able to put their past losses in the background andforget about it and move on to the next one."Flacco hasclearly been able to do that. In the Ravens' streak of 13 straight wins after aloss, he has completed 63 percent of his passes, with 19 touchdowns and justthree interceptions. In those 13 games, the Ravens have outscored theopposition, on average, by about 30-16.The Patriots,though, who suffered a stunning 20-18loss at home to Arizona last Sunday, also rebound from losses very well. Since2008, the Patriots are an NFL-best 14-2 in the week immediately after a loss.They did lose back-to-back games last season, to the Steelers and Giants inweeks 8 and 9, but then didn't lose again until the Super Bowl."We hate tolose, obviously, but thats part of football," Patriots quarterback TomBrady said earlier this week. "You dont win them all. You have to findways to be mentally tough, to put it behind you and move forward."For the Ravens,moving forward means forgetting about the stagnant offense and Flacco'sstruggles during the second half of the Ravens' 24-23 loss to the Eagles.Harbaugh said that, yes, past Ravens teams have rebounded after losses. Now theonus is on this year's group to do the same."Well findout about this team," he said. "This team is a new team, so thatsgoing to be our challenge this week."

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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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