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Ravens won't overreact to bad night in Philly

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Ravens won't overreact to bad night in Philly

The Ravens took a beatdown Saturday night in Philadelphia. Yet, it was August during the preseason, not December during a playoff push. Certainly, the Ravens can expect a tough week of practice. But here are three reasons why they will not overreact to a 40-17 loss to the Eagles:

1. The Ravens know quarterback Joe Flacco is better than he played Saturday.

Flacco was off his game, after throwing the ball well throughout training camp and during the preseason opener. His worst throw was when he airmailed Marlon Brown, who was wide open across the middle. Had Flacco been more accurate, the Ravens’ offense would have spent more time on the field, giving the defense a chance to rest against the Eagles’ up-tempo offense. Instead, Flacco threw two early interceptions and things snowballed against the Ravens quickly.

“We had a guy wide open over the middle with Marlon,” Flacco said. “He’s a 6-5 wide receiver and I overthrew him by five feet.”

As Flacco goes, so goes the Ravens’ offense. Expect him to play better against the Redskins next weekend.

2. If this had been the regular season, the Ravens would have made more defensive adjustments.

Instead of game planning and making adjustments for the read option and other nuances of the Eagles’ offense under Chip Kelly, the Ravens played base defense and took their medicine.

“There’s no way we’re going to game plan for the second preseason game when we’re still installing, trying to develop guys,” said Ravens coach John Harbaugh.

Give the Eagles credit for badly outplaying the Ravens. But defensive coordinator Dean Pees is not going to start really playing chess until the regular season begins.

3. The Ravens believe their starting offensive line will be healthy by Week 1.

Right now, the line is banged up. Left tackle Eugene Monroe spent part of Saturday’s game sitting on the bench, wearing a wrap around his arm. Backup tackle James Hurst may have suffered a concussion, and undrafted rookie De’Ondre Wesley suffered a leg injury. During training camp, starting left guard Kelechi Osemele has been dealing with a sore Achilles, and both starting center Jeremy Zuttah and right tackle Rick Wagner had surgery during the offseason. However, Harbaugh anticipates Monroe, Osemele, Zuttuh, Marshal Yanda, and Wagner will be ready to go as a unit by Week 1, even if backups like Jah Reid (back) and Hurst are nursing injuries at the moment. Wesley may be the only one with a more serious injury.

“It’s not going to be a concern if we get those guys back,” Harbaugh said. “Those guys are all slated to come back to my knowledge. We’ll see about Wesley.”

Meanwhile, the Ravens will see if they can put a bad night behind them quickly.

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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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