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Chiefs cruise past Ravens: 5 things we learned

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Chiefs cruise past Ravens: 5 things we learned

BALTIMORE – Five things we learned watching the Chiefs win their eighth straight game, defeating the Ravens, 34-14, at M&T Bank Stadium:

1. The Ravens (4-10) didn’t start Matt Schaub, but still threw a pick-six. Their season can’t end fast enough.

Jimmy Clausen started at quarterback and could not escape the pick-six bug, throwing an interception that Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters returned 90 yards for a touchdown. Start Clausen next week, or start Schaub, or start Ryan Mallett. Does it really matter? Right now, the main goal is to finish the final two games with no more injuries.

2. The Chiefs (9-5) are not spectacular, but they are solid.

How have the Chiefs won eight straight? By doing the things the Ravens don’t do. The Chiefs don’t make careless mistakes. They force turnovers. They keep penalties to a minimum. Alex Smith (21 for 25, 171 yards) had another efficient day at quarterback. Unlike the Ravens, the Chiefs recovered from 1 1-5 start, and remained a playoff contender with two games left.

3. Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith (thigh) became the latest injured starter for them.

Smith left the game in the first series and never returned. While the severity of his injury was not immediately known, it appeared Smith may have pulled a hamstring chasing Charcandrick West on his 38-yard touchdown run. If that’s the case, Smth may not play again until next season.

4. Running back Buck Allen is in John Harbaugh’s doghouse.

Allen fumbled for the second time in two weeks. This time, Chiefs cornerback Tyvon Branch returned Allen’s fumble for a 73-yard touchdown. Harbaugh benched Allen the rest of the game, playing Terrance West and Terrence Magee at running back. Harbaugh has very little patience for running backs who fumble. Allen has run with authority since Justin Forsett suffered his season-ending broken arm. But Allen needs to get this fumbling issue solved before it creeps into his head.

5. Wide receiver Kamar Aiken (eight catches, 128 yards, one touchdown) continued to be a Ravens bright spot.

Aiken scored on a 48-yard Hail Mary to end the first half, and he has been a solid possession receiver all season. Aiken’s eight catches and 128 yards receiving were both career highs. When the Ravens sit down to plan next year’s roster, Aiken should be part of the mix.

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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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