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Ravens secondary hopes to build on Pittsburgh performance

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Ravens secondary hopes to build on Pittsburgh performance

Now the goal for the Ravens’ secondary is consistency, after gaining some redemption in Pittsburgh.

Burned for big plays against the Raiders and Bengals, the Ravens’ secondary bounced back against the Steelers, containing Antonio Brown (five catches, 42 yards), one of the NFL’s most dangerous receivers. With Michael Vick at quarterback, the Steelers’ game plan was more conservative than it would have been had Ben Roethlisberger been healthy. But the Ravens made Vick’s job difficult with tight coverage, sure tackling, and improved communication that eliminated coverage mistakes.

Jimmy Smith and Lardarius Webb both had excellent games at corner. Safety Will Hill delivered some big hits from his safety position. And the Ravens got a lift from a new source – nickel corner Will Davis, acquired in a trade with the Dolphins last month. Davis saw playing time in key situations and responded, meaning he will likely be given an opportunity for more playing time.

Webb, the most veteran member of the secondary, was proud of the way the entire defense bounced back.

“We kept coming together on the sideline, saying, ‘It can’t be on the defense,’’ Webb said. “The last few weeks we’ve been giving up some stuff, not getting off the field on third down, too many drives. Every man held himself accountable. Every time we went to the sideline, `Hey, it’s not going to be on us.’ That’s how it turned out. We just needed this W, I don’t care who it was. It was bigger than a Pittsburgh-Ravens game for us.”

We will see if Thursday’s performance is something the secondary builds on. But for a few days, fewer people are asking, “What’s wrong with the Ravens’ secondary?”

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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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