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Williams picks his spot to shine

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Williams picks his spot to shine

A frustrating season for maligned cornerback Cary Williams turned on one play Thursday night, as he stepped in front of a pass by Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden and returned the interception 63 yards for a touchdown, the biggest play of the Ravens 23-16 win over the Browns at M&T Bank Stadium on Thursday night.

Williams had been picked on by Patriots quarterback Tom Brady repeatedly in the Ravens 31-30 win over New England last week, as Brandon Lloyd, often covered by Williams, hauled in nine catches for 108 yards. It was the latest big game for a receiver against Williams, who seemed be viewed as the weak link in the tough Ravens secondary.

I knew if they kept messing with him that hed eventually come through, cornerback Lardarius Webb said. I work with him every day. Ive been working with him since training camp and I know what he got.

Dating to the preseason, a string of top-flight quarterbacks including Brady, Andy Dalton, Matthew Stafford and Matt Ryan had seemingly looked to exploit matchups with Williams, the fifth-year veteran out of Washburn.

But when Weeden did that one too many times, Williams was ready.

The Browns were driving, trailing just 16-10 late in the third quarter. Facing third-and-5 at the Ravens 43-yard line, Weeden looked to throw to Travis Benjamin along the left sideline. Williams jumped the route, grabbed the ball in the rain and raced down the sideline untouched for the touchdown.

It was his first career interception, and the Ravens 39th defensive touchdown since 2003, the most in the league.

Im glad I was able to recognize the route and the formation, and I just went out there and made the play, he said.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Williams was the difference in the game with the interception return touchdown.

Here is a guy who was under a lot of heat from you all, but he wasnt under heat in our building because we know what kind of player he is, and he comes up big. You have faith in your guys and you believe in your guys. I think he deserved that.

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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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