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Revamped offensive line steps up

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Revamped offensive line steps up

After yielding four sacks in each of their past two games, the Ravens shook up their offensive line on Sunday against Dallas, with Bobbie Williams making his first start at left guard and Ramon Harewood, the starter at that spot in the first five games, declared a game-day inactive.

The Ravens figured to have their hands full with a Cowboys pass rush led by linebacker DeMarcus Ware, who had 19 ½ sacks last season and has twice led the league in sacks.  The Ravens, though, kept the Cowboys rush at bay for much of the game, surrendering just one fourth-quarter sack in the Ravens’ 31-29 win. The sack, by Ware, came when he beat Oher inside and Williams had fallen down.

 “They’re a great defense. We were fighting tooth and nail, just trying to keep Joe clean and let him do what he does,” said center Matt Birk, who was playing his 200th NFL game.

“It’s tough to throw completions when you’re on your back,” Birk added. “Even Joe can’t do that.”

Flacco finished 17-for-26 for 234 yards and one touchdown. He was sacked once and hit three times, a notable improvement from the previous two games.

“They’re a good defense and they’ve got guys than can get to the passer,” Flacco said. “I think we did a good job all day of limiting that and getting the ball out of my hands. I think our receivers did a good job of beating the coverage pretty quickly so I didn’t have to hold on to it for too long.”

Harbaugh said the change at guard came mainly because Williams, the 13-year veteran, is finally getting healthy again. Williams, signed this offseason after playing for the Bengals for the past eight seasons, had been slowed while recovering from ankle surgery last winter.

“Basically Bobbie’s getting healthier, he’s starting to really come around, and has been practicing really well,” Harbaugh said after the Ravens’ win on Sunday.

“And Ramon had been playing well. That’s the thing I want to make sure everyone understands. It’s not that we’re down about Ramon. It’s nothing that Ramon did. … But we felt the experience (of Williams) was something that would benefit us.”

Williams, relegated to a role player until this week, said afterward there were no ill effects from his most extensive game action since last December.

”It was great to have him in there,” Birk said. “You never know how a season’s going to go, who’s going to be called upon, what’s going to happen week to week, but Bobbie did what I think everybody expected Bobbie to do, step in there today and play well.”

Added Williams: “It’s a machine. One part goes out, another part goes in, and the machine keeps rolling. And we try not to miss a beat, and that’s how you got to be 'cause it’s a long season.”


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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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