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With Suggs, what's the rush for Ravens?

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With Suggs, what's the rush for Ravens?

In his five games back from a torn Achilles tendon, Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs has posted stats that have been modest by his standards. He has two sacks, one in his first game and another on Sunday, and no more than four tackles in any game.

But his presence has had an impact on the way the Ravens play defense.

According to ESPN Stats & Information, in the first six games of the season, before Suggs returned, the Ravens blitzed on about 40 percent of opposition pass plays. In Suggs’ five games, they have been blitzing 20 percent of the time.  And the difference has been evident in opponents’ average gain per pass attempt — 8.7 yards pre-Suggs, 6.0 with Suggs.

Less blitzing means more defensive backs and linebackers dropped into coverage, fewer receivers with one-on-one coverage, increased options in the secondary.

So it’s not all about a greater number of sacks — though the Ravens did total six on Sunday against the Chargers — but it’s about the defense’s comfort level for pressuring the quarterback without having to risk exposure in the secondary when a blitz doesn’t get to the passer.

Call it a Sizzle synergy or don’t call it anything but fortunate for the Ravens to have Suggs’ presence to help shore up what had suddenly become a concern. Though they have improved, the Ravens defense still ranks No. 24 in the NFL in yards per game at nearly 373, but they rank seventh in the league in points allowed per game,  19.9.

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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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