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Ravens say spoiling Steelers' playoff hopes is 'biggest icing on the cake'

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Ravens say spoiling Steelers' playoff hopes is 'biggest icing on the cake'

BALTIMORE -- The Ravens already know they can’t make the playoffs. But to help KO the playoff chances of their archrivals? Well, that might be the next best thing.

That was the prevailing mood in the Ravens locker room on Sunday after their stunning 20-17 win over the Steelers.

“It’s the Steelers. We just wanted to beat them. It’s even sweeter that we may have ruined their playoff chances,” defensive tackle Brandon Williams said. “That’s the biggest icing on the cake.”

The Ravens haven’t ruined the Steelers playoff chances, but they did put a big dent in them.

Had the Steelers won Sunday and the New York Jets lost, the Steelers would have clinched a playoff spot. Instead, the Steelers lost, and the Jets beat New England in overtime, which means the Steelers (9-6) miss the playoffs if the Jets beat Buffalo next week.

“Hey, if we can’t get in there, then you can’t get in, either,” cornerback Lardarius Webb said. “That’s how we want it.”

Webb called the win the most satisfying of the season, and he suggested that the Steelers were overconfident.

“I thought we had them all week where we wanted them,” Webb said. “With our record (4-10 entering the game), they came in and thought it was going to (be) bombs over Baghdad against us. That’s when we had them. So with them thinking that all week, we were thinking we were going to beat them, and we knew it. Guys came out and showed it.”

Guard Marshall Yanda said the notion that the Ravens might have derailed the Steelers playoff chances is “pretty awesome. … We always want to beat them, obviously. They’re in our division. That doesn’t change. We’re having a tough year, but it’s great to beat the Steelers.”

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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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