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Ravens won title in 2000 despite tough early sked

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Ravens won title in 2000 despite tough early sked

OWINGS MILLS – The Ravens shouldn’t complain about their 2015 schedule. The last time they played five of their first seven games on the road, they went on to win the Super Bowl.

That was in 2000, when the Ravens’ legendary defense anchored by middle linebacker Ray Lewis led them to a title. The Ravens played five of their first seven on the road that year, and won three of them – at Pittsburgh (16-0), at Cleveland (12-0), and at Jacksonville (15-10).  Then with a favorable late-season schedule, the Ravens won seven straight to end the regular season. They finished 12-4 and headed into the playoffs with momentum.

The Ravens would love to duplicate that this season, knowing that if they weather September and October, home games are stacked in November and December. Five of their first seven are on the road, starting with the Broncos (Week 1) and the Raiders (Week 2). It’s time for the Ravens to adapt a road warrior mentality, and coach John Harbaugh is already talking that language.

“It’s challenging, but certainly the whole league is challenging,” Harbaugh said following Tuesday’s practice.

“I don’t know how many other teams are faced with those challenges, but I’m sure other teams have their complaints as well. And who cares? Nobody cares. Nobody cares what our issues are. As a matter of fact, people are looking – our opponents are looking and our enemies are looking very favorably upon our challenges, and they’re hoping that our challenges will bring us down. We have to make sure that doesn’t happen.”

To win at Denver, the Ravens will likely need a stellar performance from quarterback Joe Flacco, who has done some of his best career work on the road (seven road playoff wins). Having turned the page on the preseason, Harbaugh believes the Ravens will hit the road with the right mindset.

“Denver is a very difficult place to play,” Harbaugh said. “It’s a huge stadium, it’s right on top of you, and it’s very loud. Obviously, they have a really good football team, which is the most important part of their home field advantage. They were 8-0 (at home) last year during the regular season. I don’t think they’ve lost too many games there the past few years. But, we’ve beaten them, and we’re very confident, and we believe we can go win anywhere, so that will be our mindset.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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