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A preview and prediction for the Ravens' finale against the Bengals

A preview and prediction for the Ravens' finale against the Bengals

What: Ravens (8-7) at Bengals (5-9-1)

When: Sunday, 1 p.m.

Where: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati

Ravens injuries:

OUT – ILB Zach Orr (neck, IR), CB Jimmy Smith (ankle, IR), RT Rick Wagner (concussion)

QUESTIONABLE – G Alex Lewis (ankle)

Bengals injuries:

OUT – WR A. J. Green (hamstring), OT Cedric Ogbuehi (shoulder)

DOUBTFUL – LB Vontaze Burfict (knee/concussion), TE Tyler Kroft (knee/ankle)

QUESTIONABLE – RB Jeremy Hill (knee)

Five questions to ask:

1. Can the Ravens escape their last game without serious injuries?

Despite being eliminated from playoff contention, coach John Harbaugh said he would play starters and play to win. The Ravens have been relatively healthy this season. Hopefully it stays that way.

2. How will Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. end his brilliant 16-year career?

The Ravens want Smith’s last game to be special, and so does he. Look for plenty of targets to come his way. A perfect day for the Ravens would be big game for Smith, and a victory.

3. How many Ravens players and coaches will be somewhere else next season?

Defensive tackle Brandon Williams and Pro Bowl fullback Kyle Juszczyk are among the Ravens’ free agents-to-be. The Ravens could decide to part with veteran pass rusher Elvis Dumervil, who needs two sacks to reach 100 for his career. Will Marty Mornhinweg return as offensive coordinator? There is always turnover during an NFL offseason, and after missing the playoffs for the third time in four years, the Ravens will have tough decisions to make.

4. Can the Ravens snap their five-game road losing streak?

The Ravens’ inability to win on the road after September cost them a playoff spot. There is nothing wrong with setting a different tone for 2017 by winning this game.  

5. Will the Ravens end their losing streak in Cincinnati?

The Ravens haven’t won in Cincinnati since 2011. Regardless of the circumstances, that is something they want to change.


Without Green, and probably Burfict, the Bengals are not as imposing as they would be at full strength, with something to play for. The emotion surrounding Smith Sr.’s farewell should be enough to carry the Ravens to victory.

Ravens 20, Bengals 16


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Ravens lower concession prices at M&T Bank Stadium ahead of 2018 season


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.