The Ravens will stare down a gauntlet of elite quarterbacks in 2012. With just a few exceptions, every opposing signal-caller on their schedule has either made the Pro Bowl or won a Super Bowl.
Theyll play both Mannings, Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger, all of whom have won Super Bowls (eight combined); Philip Rivers, who tore them apart last year; Michael Vick, one of the games singular talents; Tony Romo, who piles up stats for the Cowboys; and Matt Schaub, Andy Dalton and Matt Cassel, who have Pro Bowl appearances.
But when asked if he would approach the season any differently because of the caliber of the opposition, Ravens safety Ed Reed just laughed.
Bring them on, man. Im sure they are going to game-plan like they always do write (Reed's name) on their wristband and know Im there and all that. I welcome them. I look forward to them, Reed said.
He continued: Its a lot of respect for those guys. I never train any different or prepare any different for either game. Its always who I am going against and what we need to prepare for as a team. So, whether its Brady, Eli, those guys know who we are, and they are going to run their game plan the way they want to run their game plan. All we have to do is be ready.
Reed said he expects the secondary to be improved in 2012 with Bernard Pollard alongside him and Lardarius Webb, Jimmy Smith and Cary Williams playing the corners.
We have gotten a lot better, a lot older. Guys are maturing now, Reed said. Lardarius is a more mature guy who understands football a lot more. Bernard is having another year under his belt with us Jimmy Smith, too. We are going to be much better than we were last year. Guys know what to expect now."
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.
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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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