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Ravens set for Rams in final warmup

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Ravens set for Rams in final warmup

Ravens vs. Rams
Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Thursday 7 p.m. ET

For the players hoping to make the 53-man roster, Thursday's preseason finale at the St. Louis Rams is about the best in show.

After struggling in the first two exhibitions, the Ravens' first unit showed progress on both sides of the ball in last week's 31-point blowout of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

This game is about the reserves and rookies who are trying to play their way in as not many starters are expected to play or receive significant time. Final cuts will be announced Friday when coach John Harbaugh will trim 22 players.

"This is the biggest game in the careers of a bunch of guys Thursday night," offensive coordinator Cam Cameron said. "There's a lot on the line for these guys and I can't wait to watch some of them play."

Matchup to watch: Bernard Pierce vs. Bobby Rainey -- The rookie RBs are battling it out for the No. 2 spot. While Pierce has shown the ability to run between the tackles and dish out contact, Rainey is an excellent receiver out of the backfield and is getting work as a punt returner.

Who'll make the call: QB Tyrod Taylor or Curtis Painter? Whoever starts here likely has the inside track on the No. 2 job behind starter Joe Flacco and that's likely Taylor. That would mean when cuts come, Painter would be out as the Ravens aren't expected to keep three quarterbacks. They'd rather have an extra defensive player or offensive lineman. A QB of Painter's quality can be acquired via the waiver wire quickly if needed.

Impact player: Omar Brown is close, if he hasn't already, to carving out a spot. The undrafted safety has three fumble recoveries, an onside kick recovery and an interception in the preseason. With a season-ending leg injury to Emanuel Cook and Sean Considine's concussion.

No-go: G Marshal Yanda (knee), T Jah Reid (calf), LB Darryl Blackstock (groin) and LB Josh Bynes (back). Ed Dickson (shoulder) and Dennis Pitta (hand) have been practicing but Harbaugh said there's no chance that either will play before the season-opener Sept. 10. Last season, Harbaugh sat key starters such as Flacco, RB Ray Rice, LB Ray Lewis, T Michael Oher and S Ed Reed in the preseason finale.

Prediction: Ravens 24, Rams 21

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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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