Will the Ravens host another Thanksgiving night game next season?
The Ravens have hosted two games on Thanksgiving night within the past five years, beating the 49ers, 16-6, in 2011, and edging the Steelers, 22-20, in 2013. Ravens coach John Harbaugh would love another Thanksgiving night game in Baltimore.
“If at any point in time the NFL and (Commissioner) Roger (Goodell) wants to make this a tradition, wouldn’t we all be for that in Baltimore?,” Harbaugh said back in 2013. “I think that would be pretty amazing. We love it and I know our fans do, too…It’s an honor to play on Thanksgiving.”
The Lions and Cowboys annually host the first two Thanksgiving games, with the night game featuring various teams. Speculation about next year's Thanksgiving slate has begun. The Redskins are already expected to be the Cowboys’ opponent on Thanksgiving, according to reports.
That leaves the night game as the Thanksgiving opening for the Ravens next season, if it happens. How about another Steelers-Ravens matchup on Thanksgiving night in Baltimore? That rivalry always draws national interest, and usually produces a close game. A Thanksgiving night game with top players like Ben Roethlisberger, Le’Veon Bell, Antonio Brown, Steve Smith, Joe Flacco, and Terrell Suggs all healthy, among others, could be very entertaining.
We will learn the Ravens’ plans for Thanksgiving when the NFL releases its entire schedule sometime in late April. Most people want to have Thanksgiving night off. But Harbaugh won’t mind if the Ravens are working in Baltimore.
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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.
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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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