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Charles is 'straw that stirs the drink'

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Charles is 'straw that stirs the drink'

Chiefs runningback Jamal Charles took a toss sweep to the right, but had no running room. Hestopped, reversed course, ran all the way back to the left, shed a tackler,shot through a gap and proceeded to run 37 yards for a touchdown.That play, in theChiefs' 37-20 loss to San Diego last week, illustrated the challenge the Ravensface this week against Charles, who ranks second in the NFL with 415 rushingyards through four games. "JamaalCharles is the straw that stirs the drink," Ravens coach John Harbaughsaid when meeting with the media on Wednesday. "Hes really special. Hecan run them all the inside plays, the outside plays. Hes not just a guy whotries to run outside, though he does. He can cut it back. He cut it all the wayback last week against San Diego. ... Hes a very special player."The 6-foot-1,200-pound Charles had back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons in 2009 and 2010 but thenmissed virtually all of last season after suffering a torn ACL in Week 2 lastseason against the Lions.He answered any questions about his surgicallyrepaired knee in Week 2 this year, when he exploded through a hole on the leftside and outran everyone for a 91-yard score in the Chiefs' 27-24, overtime winat New Orleans. Charles finished with 33 carries for 233 yards in that game,the second-highest single-game total in team history. Speaking with themedia on Wednesday, Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis said Charles is "one ofthose guys that are home run hitters. If you let him get in the open field you saw it last week against the Saints you jump out of a gap here or there,one seam, and hes out of the gate."The Ravens facedCharles once before, in the 2010 playoffs. He had nine carries for 82 yards anda touchdown in that game, a 30-7 Ravens win.Charles, 26, wasa third-round pick out of Texas in 2008, part of the deep running back draftclass that included Darren McFadden, Rashard Mendenhall, Chris Johnson, Riceand Matt Forte, among others. Charles was takenafter all those backs, and Rice said because of that, "Im sure he playswith a chip on his shoulder. And obviously, last year with the injury, the guyis coming out to prove hes an elite back in this league again.""That guygets out in space," Rice added, "its trouble for a lot of people.

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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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