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Receivers handle press coverage

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Receivers handle press coverage

With Dallas cornerback Morris Claiborne in bump-and-run coverage, Ravens receiver Torrey Smith released down the sideline and hauled in one of just two catches.

It was for a 19-yard touchdown late in the second quarter that gave the Ravens a 17-10 lead they'd never lose in Sunday's 31-29 win against the Dallas Cowboys.

Just as important, Smith believes it ends questions about the receiving corp not being able to handle physical play by opposing corners.

Last week in a 9-6 win at the Kansas City Chiefs, Smith and company were bothered by the Cover 1 scheme that puts cornerbacks up at the line of scrimmage to get receivers off their routes with one safety playing over top. In Week 2, the Ravens went cold in the second half of a 24-23 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Coach John Harbaugh insisted they had to do a better job to get open against press coverage, something the Cowboys use a lot.

If Smith or Jacoby Jones in particular can get clean releases, they said all week they'd get the opportunities to make big plays. Jones made his on special teams when he returned a kick 108 yards to tie an NFL record in the third quarter. Smith did it receiving. But the speedy duo combined for just four catches.

Anquan Boldin had his second solid game in a row by leading all Ravens, getting five catches for 98 yards against press coverage.

"There's nothing special about press man. I'm so glad we were able to move the ball so y'all can stop asking about press man," Smith said. "But we were able to finish and make enough plays."

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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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