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Ravens-Steelers still a rivalry, regardless of record

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Ravens-Steelers still a rivalry, regardless of record

On paper, the Ravens look to be in good shape heading into Sunday's AFC North battle with the Steelers. After all, Baltimore brings a three-game lead into the game and could lock the Steelers out of the division with a win.

In addition, even though the Ravens have battled a number of injuries, Pittsburgh's gotten hit with several also, most notably to quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. 

But all of that doesn't matter because the rivalry will always be there between these two teams. Some who follow the NFL or work with it think this could be the best rivalry in the NFL, even though it hasn't been in existence nearly as long as others like Bears-Packers and all that. 

The Ravens have played the Steelers without Roethlisberger before, and it didn't affect the intensity of the game. It won't change much this weekend, especially because Pittsburgh desperately needs a win. 

That could add to the intensity. In addition, the Steelers are coming off a terrible performance in a loss to Cleveland last week, a defeat that might be the most costly of the year. That pushed the Steelers three games behind the Ravens, a big difference from being two games back. 

But don't expect the Ravens to overlook the Steelers. They could play flag football in the parking lot, and the intensity would be there. With players like Ray Lewis and Terrell Suggs pushing the defense, it's doubtful the Ravens would let up against a good team. 

That's also something that coach John Harbaugh will probably bring up-- although he wouldn't have to do so. The Ravens need this game also in order to keep pace with Houston and stay ahead of Denver and New England and others. Overlooking the Steelers just will never happen. 

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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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