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Suggs quells great expectations


Suggs quells great expectations

Now that Terrell Suggs has had an extra week to prepare for his second game of the season, he's cautious to not put too much on his shoulders at once.

He unexpectedly returned from an Achilles injury, after less than one week of practice, and played 44 snaps in the Ravens' 43-13 loss to the Houston Texans.

The Ravens had a bye last week, but what ails the league's 28th-ranked defense goes much deeper than just losing linebacker Ray Lewis or cornerback Lardarius Webb to season-ending injuries. Or getting Suggs back at linebacker.

“One man is not going to change that. It’s definitely a team effort. We all have to do things better, just the whole defense. It’s not one man," Suggs said Wednesday. "It’s not the personnel. It’s really just executing and being accountable and being where you’re supposed to be.

"We all just have to get back to playing Ravens-style football. ... We’re not hitting the panic button, but we know we have to address it and it needs to get fixed ASAP.”

Defensive end Pernell McPhee echoed Suggs' diagnosis of the problem heading into Sunday's game at the Cleveland Browns.

"It's just about us being disciplined, staying on our schemes, staying gapped up, staying on our double-teams, freeing up the (line)backers. That's the main thing," McPhee said. "We got to stay disciplined and play our man and use our eyes better as far as watching our keys."

With a chance to recover from various injuries to tackle Haloti Ngata (shoulder), cornerback Jimmy Smith (abs) and tackle Ma'ake Kemoeatu (knee), among others, the Ravens will have a better idea of where they stand with a Suggs who is closer to game shape.

"He seems good. We expect him to take on a full share this week, which he pretty did last week," coach John Harbaugh said. "He was pretty close to that last time anyway. ... We'll have to see. Obviously it's only the second game back."

Suggs is willing to do whatever it takes, but isn't putting any snap counts on himself for the Browns.

"If you have to go beyond the call of duty, then so be it. It’s pretty much by any means necessary," he said. "We don’t know how less or much I am going to play, but we’re going to play football, so you don’t know about all of that until game day.”

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Ravens lower concession prices at M&T Bank Stadium ahead of 2018 season


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.