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Ravens still in Supe mix?

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Ravens still in Supe mix?

In light of the injuries that have cost Ray Lewis and Lardarius Webb their seasons, are the Ravens still Super Bowl contenders? The question was posed on the NFL Network’s “Total Access” show this week, and former Ravens coach Brian Billick — who worked Sunday’s Ravens-Cowboys game as a Fox analyst — said yes, starting by asking whether there is really anyone else in the AFC.

“Give me an alternative,” Billick said, as hands shot up all over Houston, with Texans fans making like the late Ron Palillo on “Welcome Back Kotter.”

Billick said the Ravens weren’t caught totally unready for issues with their defense.

“They’ve been preparing for this — not for Ray Lewis to get hurt — but for the transition to an offensive team. This is Joe Flacco’s team.”

Former NFL fullback Heath Evans cited the example of the Packers from two years ago, making their Super Bowl run with 15 players on the injured list, as reason not to count out the Ravens.

Darren Sharper, the former defensive back, said he wasn’t so concerned about the loss of Lewis’ tangible on-field contributions so much as his effect on the team’s psyche and spirit.

“Who’s going to be the guy to break this team down when by run out of the locker room?” Sharper said. “… That’s what they’re going to miss the most.”

When Billick mentioned how Lewis would still be around, Sharper replied: “But he doesn’t have those pads on. It’s different.”

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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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