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Ravens remaining schedule full of top RBs

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Ravens remaining schedule full of top RBs

Five of the Ravens' remaining games are on the road, and the NFL's No. 27 team against the run has a host of solid running backs to contend with in the final stretch:

Nov. 4 at Cleveland Browns: The rematch likely will look different. Flacco threw 46 times for 356 yards against a secondary that was missing CB Joe Haden (suspension). Browns rookie QB Brandon Weeden threw 52 times for 320 yards passing. Both teams will be better off relying on their RBs a bit more. But the Ravens contained rookie Trent Richardson to 47 yards on 14 carries, and he's now slowed by a rib injury this week. If the Ravens can't get their run defense on track for this one, they're in serious trouble.

Nov. 11 vs. Oakland Raiders: The good news is RB Darren McFadden is only averaging 3.1 yards per carry going into Sunday's game vs. the Kansas City Chiefs. As a team, the Raiders are  31st in the NFL at 76.8 yards rushing per game. The bad news is the Dallas Cowboys were in the cellar averaging less than 68 going into their game with the Ravens in Week 6 but posted 227.

Nov. 18 at/Dec. 2 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers: May have found a spark in RB Jonathan Dwyer, who exploded for 122 yards last week. The backfield here has been decimated by injuries to Rashard Mendenhall and Isaac Redman, but the Steelers still are by far the best team at converting third downs in the NFL at better than 52%. They can keep drives alive with QB Ben Roethlisberger and wear out a Ravens defense that has had trouble getting off the field.

Nov. 25 at San Diego Chargers: With RB Ryan Matthews getting back into the mix, and QB Phillip Rivers' struggles, the ground may be the way to go. Matthews only has 58 carries coming into Sunday vs. the Cleveland Browns. He injured his collarbone during the preseason and wasn't active to start, but he's now averaging 4.5 yards per carry and his workload is expected to increase.

Dec. 9 at Washington Redskins: There's a dual threat here for the NFL's top rushing team. Aside from RB Alfred Morris, QB Robert Griffin runs the read-option which makes them double-tough to defend. Griffin has 6 TDs on the ground entering Sunday vs. Pittsburgh. Morris has 5. They've combined for more than 1,000 yards already.

Dec. 16 vs. Denver Broncos: They're only 23rd in rushing, but Willis McGahee is a dual-threat as a receiver out of the backfield as QB Peyton Manning uses short passes to diversify the attack. McGahee only had 51 yards rushing vs. the Patriots, but he had 51 yards receiving, too.

Dec. 23 vs. N.Y. Giants: Out of nowhere, Ahmad Bradshaw has emerged as a force running the ball, an identity the Giants had seemingly lost over the last few years. He's a speedy, diminutive RB for the league's 12th-best running team. Bradshaw ran for 116 yards at the San Francisco 49ers, who have the No. 1 defense. He posted 200 yards vs. the Browns.

Dec. 30 at Cincinnati Bengals: BenJarvus Green-Ellis first exposed the weaknesses in the Ravens' defense by going for 91 yards and averaging 5.1 per carry in the season opener vs. Baltimore with a sore toe. But the Bengals had to abandon the run because they fell so far behind. That was Green-Ellis' best game as he's failed to do better than 3.9 yards per rush in any game since then. Depending on the weather, this could be the game he breaks 100. And the Bengals should have other runners healthy, too.

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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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