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Ravens prevail but likely lose Webb for season


Ravens prevail but likely lose Webb for season

Yet again, the Ravens pulled off an improbable victory and extended their regular season home win streak to 14 in a row.

But it came at a heavy price.

In a topsy-turvy game won 31-29 over the Dallas Cowboys, the Ravens (5-1) appear to have lost cornerback Lardarius Webb to a knee ligament tear after he went down in the first quarter. He'll get an MRI on Monday to confirm the results, but teammates are prepared for the worst.

"If we've lost him for the year, it's going to kill us," Ravens safety Ed Reed said.

The Ravens also have injuries to linebacker Ray Lewis (triceps), who was on the sideline during a key stretch of the fourth quarter, and defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (knee). Nose tackle Ma'ake Kemoeatu  and Jimmy Smith, who replaced Webb, had unspecified "tweaks," according to coach John Harbaugh.

"We had some injuries, especially on the defensive side," Harbaugh said. "We were in a physical, fistfight from the beginning until the end. They threw a lot of haymakers at us and our guys stepped up at the end and found a way to win the game. Throughout the game we had guys running and playing positions they hadn't played. We had packages that we hadn't had a chance to practice."

The Ravens escaped with a 9-6 road victory at the Kansas City Chiefs a week ago when a go-ahead touchdown was called back late in the fourth quarter on a penalty.

They dodged a second bullet vs. Dallas.

After going head 31-23 with 4:41 left in the game, the Ravens allowed Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo to engineer an 18-play drive that ended with a seven-yard touchdown throw to Dez Bryant. The two-point conversion to tie the score failed, but the Cowboys got the ball back with 30 seconds left when Brendon Ayanbadejo failed to recover an onside kick.

Third-string cornerback Chykie Brown was called for a 20-yard pass interference call that put Dallas in range for a 51-yard field goal by Dan Bailey. It sailed wide left.

It was surprising the game was so close when considering everything that went well for Baltimore. It had two touchdown runs from Ray Rice, an NFL-record tying 108-yard kickoff return for a touchdown from Jacoby Jones and didn't commit a turnover.

But an already-suspect defense just got thinner in the secondary. Defensive back Cary Williams, who had an interception of Romo that ended a threat in Ravens territory and led to the go-ahead score for a 17-10 lead at halftime, was heartbroken to see Webb's injury.

"Lardarius is more than just a teammate to me. He's my little brother," said Williams, who had an interception for the third game in a row. "He's a great friend. We talk about anything and everything. My heart goes out to him. I even shed a tear at halftime because I see my brother down there and he's in pain. It hurt me."

The bye week can't come fast enough. The Ravens not only have to heal, they must fix a run defense that allowed a franchise record 227 yards for Dallas. Overall, the Cowboys had 481 yards, 30 first downs, converted 8 of 15 third downs and ran 30 more plays than Baltimore. They had the ball for 40 minutes while the Ravens had it 20.

They travel to play the Houston Texans, who they beat in the playoffs last season, and then get a week off.

"This week is going to be very important. I'm not looking ahead to the bye week but we'll prepare for Houston, go there and try to get a win and get rested," Rice said. "That's going to be the main thing, get rested and healthy right now. This is that halfway point when your body starts to change a little bit."

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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.