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A short night for starters

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A short night for starters

If you want to see the Ravens best-known players in action Thursday night in the teams preseason opener, youre advised to be in your seat for the opening kickoff.

Head coach John Harbaugh said Tuesday he doesnt expect many of his starters to play more than a quarter, if that much, in the teams preseason opener against the Falcons in Atlanta.

It will be a standard first preseason game concept, so well be looking at anywhere from a certain set number of plays to about a quarter, maybe a quarter-plus for some of the starters, Harbaugh said. Some guys wont play at all. Some of the more senior veteran guys wont play at all by design.

Once the known quantities are on the sidelines, the rest of the game will belong to the backups and fringe players fighting for roster spots.

I think you will get an opportunity to see most of the guys we have here on the roster at the (quarterback) position, Ravens quarterbacks coach Jim Caldwell said.

Joe Flacco will start under center and probably take several series. Asked what he expected, he seemed caught off guard.

I dont know, I havent even figured out how long Im playing yet, Flacco said. So, well see, but hopefully my expectations will be we get the ball, whether its to open the game or once they turn the ball over on downs or whatever happens, and we go down and score a touchdown, and then thatll be a good day.

Backup Tyrod Taylor presumably will replace him in the second quarter, and if Caldwell is right, Curtis Painter and undrafted rookie Chester Stewart will also see some playing time.

Its all about timing and execution, Harbaugh said when asked what he is looking to see. How crisp do we play? How do we execute under pressure? How do the guys take that execution from a practice environment and take it to a game environment against another team in a live-type situation? Its all about executing our offense.

Defensively, it isnt clear whether Ray Lewis or Ed Reed will even suit up. The majority of the night will belong to unknowns and rookies getting their first taste of NFL football.

While the game will provide fans with the first live look at the Ravens since their AFC title-game loss, Harbaugh was careful not to overplay its importance. The coaches have zero time game-planning for the Falcons.

Its part of the training camp process. Its not a regular season game, so we dont treat it like that, Harbaugh said. But its a big part of the training camp process. Its going to be really fun to get down there and see where were at.

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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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