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Joe Flacco says Ray Lewis still welcome at his house in Thanksgiving interview

Joe Flacco says Ray Lewis still welcome at his house in Thanksgiving interview

Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco spoke to For The Win about all things Thanksgiving. Baltimore fans already know this, but Flacco is a genuinely likeable guy. 

The topics were all over the place, including backyard football and the awkward back-and-forth between him and Ray Lewis, but Joe Cool was just that. 

Here are some of the most fun questions and answers.

On winning backyard football games on Thanksgiving...

"Oh man. Don’t be the team that gets hurt. I feel like I envision a lot of hamstrings getting pulled and a lot of bumps and bruises out there. Don’t be the guy that ruins it for everybody. I think at the end of the day that’s how you win: You come out of it healthy."

On how Steve Smith is still so good...

"Steve’s so good at his age because he’s very talented. He’s got a lot of physical skills that make him the way he is. But he also just brings, he’s 37 and still has the energy and excitement and want-to of a 23-year-old. He brings something special to the game and the atmosphere that not too many people have. That’s what he needs to get going on Sundays and the fact that he’s been able to sustain that for as long as he has is unbelievable."

On what the NFL can do to improve ratings... 

"[laughs] Show more Ravens games."

On who he'd invite to Thanksgiving (other than family) if he could invite anyone...

"I mean a good one would be Steve Smith to be honest with you. I’m sure that’d be interesting inviting Steve over to my family’s house. I’m sure that would be a good time with some arguments, some heated debate and a lot of laughter."

On whether Ray Lewis would be welcome at Thanksgiving... 

"Listen, Ray’s always invited. He’s not going to come to Thanksgiving dinner but I’m not opposed to having Ray around. ... Ray has other plans. We’re going to have a small family gathering this year, so it’s nothing special."

The whole interview is worth a read.

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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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