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Ray Lewis looks brand new

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Ray Lewis looks brand new

Looking like a man reborn at 37, Ray Lewis could be found everywhere in the opener.

He was in coverage in the 31-point win vs. the Cincinnati Bengals, running stride-for-stride with receivers underneath and helping defense a pass from Andy Dalton in the end zone to prevent a touchdown.

Lewis forced a fumble when he sacked Dalton early in the fourth quarter and, and two plays later the Ravens offense scored to lead 41-13.

Lewis finished with a game-high 14 tackles, too.

He was all over the field. He played great, coach John Harbaugh said. Hes moving really well. Hes still physical at the point of attack. Hes a tremendously instinctive football player.

In Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, however, the Ravens will face a dual threat.

Being more disciplined with playing the run, something the Ravens didnt do well vs. the Bengals, is more imperative.

Vick will put pressure on the linebackers if he's able to get outside and force the issue with his feet. They'll have decisions to make to come up or stay back in coverage.

"Ray is a Hall of Famer," Vick said in a conference call Wednesday. "He's one of the best linebackers to ever play the game. I am honored to have the chance to play against him again."

Lewis, cautious to declare himself a new man after just one game, trimmed down in weight because of players like Vick and quick-strike offenses like the Eagles.

I wont make too much about it, Lewis said of playing in the 230s, significantly lighter in weight than in previous years. I like the way I feel right now, the way Im just getting around.

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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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