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Report: NFL will admit error on Urschel call

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Report: NFL will admit error on Urschel call

The NFL is apparently ready to admit that Monday night’s officiating crew left something to be desired. According to Ed Werder of ESPN, the NFL “will acknowledge” that referee Ronald Tolbert should not have penalized Ravens guard John Urschel for an illegal formation on the team’s opening drive.

Tolbert’s flag wiped out a six-yard completion from Joe Flacco to Urschel in the red zone, and the Ravens eventually settled for a field goal, during their 26-18 loss to the Cardinals. However, replays clearly showed Urschel signaling to Tolbert that he was entering the game as an eligible receiver. After the game coach John Harbaugh said he was told that Tolbert did not see Urschel.

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“He (Tolbert) said he didn’t see it,” Harbaugh said after the game. “John did everything he was supposed to do in that situation, just as he’s coached. Joe looked at it, he saw it, I saw it, and then there was an announcement. It was a legal formation.”

According to Werder, Tolbert will not be punished because the improper call was not deemed to be critical to the game’s outcome. That won’t sit well with the Ravens or their fans.

 As for Chris Johnson’s 62-yard run, ESPN is reporting the league will stand by its position that the play should not have been blown dead earlier. Johnson’s forward progress clearly appeared to be stopped when he was lying on top of Ravens guard Brandon Williams. But the whistle was not blown, Johnson’s knees did not touch the ground, and Johnson eventually got up and started running again. According to ESPN, the league will maintain that blowing the whistle dead on that play was a judgment call by the referees.

“Forward progress was stopped,” Harbaugh said. “If you hit him in that situation, you’re going to get fined and penalized. Three seconds he was stopped. He declared himself down. He was sitting there.”

At least on the Urschel play, the NFL will apparently admit its mistake. That confession will still leave the Ravens at 1-6, and just like the officials, with no chance for a do-over.

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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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