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Schedule focus: September

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Schedule focus: September

(First installment of a month-by-month examination of the Ravens' 2012 schedule.)

Sept. 10Cincinnati Bengals at RavensM&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, 7 pm

Skinny: The noise will be swirling as the Ravens open their 2012 schedule with a long-desired Monday night home game, their first since 2007.

Opponent: Although the Ravens swept their AFC North rivals in 2011, they were fortunate to do so. The Bengals are young and hungry after making the playoffs as a surprise qualifier last season. Andy Dalton made the Pro Bowl as a rookie, as did wideout A.J. Green. The general consensus is they improved during the offseason with the addition of two first-round picks (CB Dre Kirkpatrick and OL Kevin Zeitler) and running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis. Bengals coach Marvin Lewis loves to beat his former team and has a history of doing it.

Sept. 16Ravens at Philadelphia EaglesLincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, 1 pm
Skinny: The Ravens have the honor of playing the foil at the Eagles home opener. (Philly opens the season at Cleveland the week before.

Opponent: A year after all the Dream Team talk, expectations in Philly are tamped down ever so slightly. But honestly, the Eagles and their fans always think a Super Bowl appearance is right around the corner. Well see. The Eagles did finish 2011 with four straight wins, and Michael Vick is the kind of mobile quarterback who gives the Ravens trouble. Joe Flacco's South Jersey homecoming game could be the day Terrell Suggs absence becomes important.

Sept. 23New England Patriots at RavensM&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore 8:20 pm
Skinny: It doesnt get much better than a Sunday night revenge home game against the team that barely kept the Ravens out of the Super Bowl last season. The stadium will be rocking.

Opponent: The Patriots are hoping for more balance this season after finishing second in the NFL in passing and next-to-last in passing defense in 2011. But that formula still got them to the Super Bowl, so it was hardly a disaster. The Ravens have played Tom Brady about as well as anyone, but Aaron Hernandez, Wes Welker and company will challenge a secondary that Lardarius Webb claimed was the NFLs best.

Sept. 27Cleveland Browns at RavensM&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, 8:20
Atmosphere: This will be the Ravens second home night game in four days and third of the young season. Expect a little crowd weariness. Steve Bisciotti said the league apologized to him for front-loading so many prime-time games into the schedule.

Opponent: Ravens coach John Harbaugh has never lost to the Browns, who are starting over yet again with rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden. This will be a tough spot for him, but he cant fare any worse than his predecessor, Colt McCoy, who never looked anything less than overmatched against the Ravens.

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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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