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Some thoughts on Ravens-Texans battle in Houston

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Some thoughts on Ravens-Texans battle in Houston

With some major apologies to Peter King -- who writes "Things I Think I Think" each week -- here's some thoughts of my own in a similar manner on the Ravens-Texans battle coming up Sunday. I'll call it "Things I Know I Know."

So here we go. 

1. The Ravens defense will have its bad moments. But there will be times when things don't look too bad. With Jameel McClain stepping in for Ray Lewis, the team is going to need some time to settle in on that side of the ball. It's just the same as using a new quarterback on offense. It's going to be interesting to see how they fare as the game goes on. 

2. I know that i don't know if Terrell Suggs will play. But I'll bet he doesn't. Let him take the week off and then use the bye week to get stronger. Looks to me like the Ravens might just be playing with the Texans a bit, but that's life in the NFL.

3. Joe Flacco should be able to throw the ball in this game. Even though he's done better at home than on the road -- for whatever reason -- remember what Aaron Rodgers and the Packers did in the air last week versus these guys. Ouch. 

4. The Ravens will need to do more of a ball-control plan on offense. Since the defense is struggling now and going through some big transitions and changes now thanks to all of the injuries, the offense could help out a bit by holding on to the ball longer. In years past, the best NFL teams were the ones who could both pass AND run.

5. The world won't end if the Ravens lose. Really, it won't. They've got a two-game lead over the Bengals and already have beaten them. So relax, everyone. 

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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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