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Ravens' winning history important to Babin

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Ravens' winning history important to Babin

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Jason Babin has played in just one playoff game during 12 NFL seasons. So when the Ravens called, and offered him a chance to continue his career, Babin viewed it as a golden opportunity. At age 35, Babin has signed a one-year contract, hoping he can help the Ravens get back to the playoffs, something Babin has only done once with the Eagles in 2009. Terrell Suggs’ season-ending Achilles injury opened the door for Babin, who will be primarily a situational-pass rusher for the Ravens.

“I don’t think I could have drawn it up any better,” said Babin after finishing his first Ravens practice Wednesday. “I’ve admired how they play, the style they play, just everything about them. To be a part of this defense, it’s really special to me.

“I was blown away by every aspect of how this organization goes about preparing for winning on Sunday.”

Babin expected to be with the Jets this season, but they released him before Week 1. Asked if being released by the Jets surprised him, Babin said, “It was a surprise. I think the coach (Todd Bowles) said they want to win, but looking back in hindsight the general manager (Mike Maccagnan) talked about building. Who knows what exactly is going on? But that’s in the past, and I’m here now, and I’m ready to play some ball.”

Ravens coach John Harbaugh believes Babin will know enough about the Ravens’ defense to play Sunday against the Ravens. Not surprisingly, Babin agrees.

“They sprinkled me in a little bit today,” Babin said. “Obviously Thursday with the pass emphasis, they’ll be a little more of me sprinkled in. But they’re going to keep it simple for me. I basically had a bye week last year. I’m ready to rock and roll.”

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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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