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What to watch: Will O-line protect Flacco?

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What to watch: Will O-line protect Flacco?

With the Redskins set to take on the Ravens, we take a look at the important matchups to watch for both teams. 

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Ravens Insider Clifton Brown - Rick Wagner has won the starting right tackle spot, but this could be his last action before Week 1. If Wagner plays well, he will enter the regular season with confidence. If he struggles, that will raise concern.

The Cowboys put pressure on Joe Flacco early, and Ryan Kerrigan of the Redskins had two sacks against the Browns. Left tackle Eugene Monroe and Wagner need to prevent Kerrigan and company from creating pressure off the edge. Getting Flacco nicked up before the regular season is the last thing the Ravens need.

The Ravens’ preseason running game has been impressive. The offensive line wants to continue that momentum. Left guard Kelechi Osemele and right guard Marshal Yanda have been winning their one-on-one battles with physical play. New center Jeremy Zuttah has the starting offensive line in sync, but this is the final dress rehearsal for starters prior to Week 1. Coach John Harbaugh will be looking for a clean game from the offensive line – no false starts, no costly holding penalties.

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Redskins Insider Tarik El-Bashir - After a mostly uneventful first two preseason games for the Redskins’ offensive line, the Trent Williams-led unit will face its first substantial test Saturday night at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. It’s preseason game No. 3, so both teams will treat it like a dress rehearsal, meaning starters will play at least a half, if not longer. 

The subject of criticism and scrutiny a year ago, Williams and Co. will want to keep the pocket clean for Robert Griffin III, who has been sacked once in 40 preseason snaps and hurried only a few times. But it won’t be an easy task against a formidable Ravens’ lineup that features Terrell Suggs, Haloti Ngata and Daryl Smith.

The Redskins’ line—Williams, Shawn Lauvao, Kory Lichtensteiger, Chris Chester and Tyler Polumbus—was assembled early this offseason and has taken every first team rep together. But … things can change in a hurry in the NFL.

Guard Spencer Long and tackle Morgan Moses — both third round picks in May — were targeted early because the Redskins hope they’ll become starters sooner rather than later. So far, neither has managed to crack the first unit. But a weak effort by a starter on Saturday, coupled with strong effort from one of the rookies could start that conversation.

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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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