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Ravens' Pierce: Papa's got a brand new bag


Ravens' Pierce: Papa's got a brand new bag

If a mother-to-be can be said to be eating for two, then the Ravens Bernard Pierce is now running for two.

The rookie running back became a father earlier this month, when his fiance, Stacey Holloway, gave birth to Bernard Jr.

"I'd say it feels like your birthday," he said, according to CBSSports.com. "It comes one time a year. I know this is my day. But it's really not your birthday. I was overwhelmed, excited. I really can't totally explain the feeling because it's something I've never felt before."

Bernard Jr.s impending arrival had a big influence on Pierces football career. If hed been leaning toward entering the NFL after a big junior year with Temple (1,481 yards rushing, 27 touchdowns), knowing he was going to be a father sealed the decision.

"It was taking another step," Pierce said. "It was providing that security, knowing that she's fine, knowing she doesn't have to do anything. I'll help her out until she gets back on her feet and I'll be able to support my son."

Pierce went in the third round of the draft and got a 550,000 signing bonus, so Little Bernard should be covered for diapers for a while.

The assumption was that Pierce would take hold of the No. 2 running back slot behind Ray Rice. That hasnt happened yet. Slowed by a hamstring issue, he missed the preseason opener. His competition is Anthony Allen, Damien Berry and Bobby Rainey.

Pierce returned to practice on Saturday after missing almost two weeks, but coach John Harbaugh said (via baltimoreravens.com): Its not that hes behind or anything like that. Hes just going to have to do well with the reps and opportunities that he gets, and thats going to be his body of work.

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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.