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Ravens report card: Too little, too late for defense, special teams

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Ravens report card: Too little, too late for defense, special teams

We've already graded the offense after its performance in the Ravens' 26-18 loss at Arizona. Now it's time to hand out the report card to the defense and special teams:

DEFENSIVE LINE: B-

The Cardinals totaled 150 rushing yards, but of course 60 of those come with a huge asterisk, as Chris Johnson's 62-yard run should have been blown dead when his forward progress stopped with Brandon Williams holding on to him. Chris Canty was back in action for the first time in a month, and after being run over on his first snap, he was strong all night. He finished with six tackles, the most he's had in his three years with the Ravens, with one for a loss.

LINEBACKERS: C+

Zach Orr and C.J. Mosley recorded sacks, and Elvis Dumervil applied consistent pressure. Twice he knocked Carson Palmer's hand just as he released the ball. But Dumervil whiffed on the tackle on Chris Johnson's first-quarter touchdown run, and Ravens linebackers still struggle in coverage. Albert McClellan and Za'Darius Smith didn't make much of an impact as pass rushers.

SECONDARY: C

The Ravens clearly didn't want to get beaten deep, but giving Cardinals receivers a 10- or 12-yard cushion at the line of scrimmage made it just too easy for Carson Palmer. It's puzzling why the Cardinals didn't attack the secondary more often. Palmer did take shots deep at times, dropping a 35-yard throw in to John Brown, with Shareece Wright on coverage. Kyle Arrington has clearly fallen out of favor; he played just three defensive snaps. The Ravens once again failed to create any takeaways; that's now four straight games without an interception. It was a rough first start for safety Brynden Trawick, who missed a tackle on Chris Johnson's touchdown run and was called for pass interference in the end zone.

SPECIAL TEAMS: C+

Two of the game's biggest plays involved the Ravens special teams: Jeremy Ross' fumbled punt return led to an Arizona touchdown, and Asa Jackson's blocked punt led to a Ravens touchdown. Justin Tucker made his only field-goal attempt, and the Ravens did a good job containing dangerous return man Patrick Peterson. Kudos to Sam Koch and Darren Waller for executing a punt that was downed an inch from the goal line.

[RELATED: Harbaugh on Johnson's confusing run: 'I got no explanation']

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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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