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John Harbaugh says he will play Ravens starters Week 17, despite being out of playoffs

John Harbaugh says he will play Ravens starters Week 17, despite being out of playoffs

OWINGS MILLS – Ravens coach John Harbaugh said he planned to play starters and veterans Week 17 against the Bengals, despite being out of the playoff hunt.

“We’re going (to Cincinnati) to win the game,” Harbaugh said at his Monday press conference. “We’re going to play our guys. Everybody who’s healthy will go play.

“I think the whole point is, you try to do the best you can. You always try to do the best you can. You try to win. We talked about it in the locker room after the (Steelers) game. That’s what I’m pointing toward is the next game. You want to go win it. We do want to be 9-7. It is important. It’s important to have one more win. I don’t care what the record is, we want to go win the game.”

Sunday could be the last NFL game for Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith Sr., expected to retire at age 37. Smith has already posted an emotional message on Instagram about winding down his career.

“For Steve, it’s going to be a big deal for him,” Harbaugh said. “But he’s been that way all year. I think he’ll approach it the same way he has all year. He’s a pro. It’ll be very meaningful, certainly. How could it not be?”

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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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