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Ravens revere DeMarcus Ware


Ravens revere DeMarcus Ware

DeMarcus Ware has the Ravens on high alert.

They're in such awe of Sunday's opponent, the linebacker for the Dallas Cowboys, that it's a wonder if they truly believe they can stop him.

In an unattractive 9-6 win over the Kansas City Chiefs last week, the Ravens allowed four sacks of quarterback Joe Flacco. They allowed him to be sacked four times against the winless Cleveland Browns, too.

Ware has five sacks, tied for eighth in the NFL, for a team ranked fourth in overall defense.

"He's a game-wrecker. He's a tremendous pass rusher," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "He's very physical against the run. He just does everything well. He's got a great first step but he finishes really well, too. So there's really nothing that he can't do well."

Ravens guard Marshal Yanda compared Ware to teammate Terrell Suggs, the 2011 Defensive Player of the Year who is on the physically-unable-to-perform list while recovering from an Achilles tear.

"He's a force out there. He does a really good job in the run and the pass. He's like their Terrell Suggs," Yanda said. "He's got a bull rush, he's got speed, he's got the inside move."

Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis became friends with Ware a few years ago. They call and text one another frequently.

"We're probably closer friends than anything else. I've got real love for him as a man," Lewis said. "The way he plays the game is the way the game should be played. I've always been a fan of D-Ware for a long time."

Flacco was more tempered when addressing the threat that Ware poses. After all, the Ravens just faced linebackers Tamba Hali and Justin Houston of the Chiefs who have pass rushing ability that gave them fits.

"We've played some pretty good defenses, and these guys are just another one," Flacco said. "It seems like every week we are playing a top-five defense. They have a good pass rush and can disrupt the pocket a little bit here and there. We have to make sure we handle all of those things."

Nose tackle Jay Ratliff (ankle), who has yet to play this season for Dallas, fully participated in practice Wednesday. Linebacker Anthony Spencer (shoulder), however, did not.

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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.