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Smith sizzling, but other Ravens WR's are not

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Smith sizzling, but other Ravens WR's are not

The Ravens can’t ask Steve Smith to do much more. However, they can certainly ask more from their other wide receivers.

Here are Smith’s stats through three games - 25 catches, 349 yards, and three touchdowns. Only Julio Jones of the Falcons (440 yards) and Antonio Brown of the Steelers (436 yards) have more receiving yards than Smith.

After Smith, the Ravens' next most productive target has been tight end Crockett Gillmore (10 catches, 151 yards, two touchdown).

Now, here are the rest of the Ravens’ wide receivers.  None have more than six catches:

- Kamar Aiken – six catches, 88 yards, no touchdowns.

- Marlon Brown – six catches, 66 yards, no touchdowns.

- Michael Campanaro – three catches, 19 yards, no touchdowns

- Darren Waller – zero catches

- Breshad Perriman – hasn’t played.

Smith’s production is more impressive when you consider opponents don’t fear the Ravens’ other wide receivers, yet still can’t contain Smith, regardless of how he is defended. He was the Ravens’ best player Sunday with a spectacular performance – 13 catches, 186 yards, and two touchdowns – despite stomach issues that plagued him throughout the game.

Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco said he believed the Ravens’ other receivers were capable of making plays.

“We’ve just got to give them the ball and give them the opportunities to do it,” Flacco said. “Steve had a lot of opportunities to make plays and he has done that throughout his career. He’s proven that he can make those plays. We need to get some other guys some similar amount of opportunities and see what they can do and get their confidence going and make them believe that they can make those plays down the stretch, because they can.

“The issue is when we have Steve, you can’t not find ways to get him the ball. A lot of the plays in our game plan, you say, ‘OK, let’s make them for Steve, because he’s really good.”’

Smith is really good, even at age 36, in his final NFL season. But this much is clear: If anything happened to Smith, the Ravens (0-3) would be in even more trouble than they are now.

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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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