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Ravens' road problems continue in Sunday's loss

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Ravens' road problems continue in Sunday's loss

Some who follow the NFL say that M&T Bank Stadium is the toughest park for an opponent to play in, and it gives the Ravens a big home-field advantage whenever there's a game.

The problem for the Ravens is that they can't play all 16 games there.

The Ravens' road woes continued Sunday in a 43-13 loss to the Texans in Houston. There's no question the Texans were fired up and wanted to prove a point to the Ravens for several reasons. 

Baltimore eliminated Houston from last year's playoffs in a game the Texans really should have won -- but it was at M&T Bank Stadium. Plus, the Texans never had beaten the Ravens in six meetings between the two, and a win here would show they can play with Baltimore.

Houston proved all its points, and the Ravens again showed they're having trouble away from home. They're now 1-2 this year, games they've played poorly in. The Ravens' lone road win this year came at Kansas City, and they were very lucky to escape with that one. 

This happened last year when the Ravens finished 8-0 at home and 4-4 on the road in the regular season. This year, the record is 4-0 at home and the aforementioned 1-2 on the road. 

It's a problem that clearly puzzles the Ravens. Ed Reed, talking to CSN's Brent  Harris coming off the field in Houston Sunday, said that the Ravens simply can't "be two different teams at home and on the road."

But that's what has been happening for one-and-a-half seasons now. And it's a mystery the team is looking to solve.

The Ravens have enough problems right now on both sides of the ball, especially with the injuries that has helped the defense grow much less effective than in years past. They've got to play good football no matter where the game's at.

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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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