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Chiefs QB Smith instrumental in team's hot streak

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Chiefs QB Smith instrumental in team's hot streak

Alex Smith of the Chiefs is proving again that he’s a quarterback adept at playing to his strengths.

The Chiefs (8-5) will bring a seven-game winning streak into M&T Bank Stadium when they face the Ravens on Sunday. And Smith’s play has been a major part of the Chiefs’ turnaround.

Over the last seven games, Smith has thrown nine touchdown passes and just one interception. He doesn’t throw many deep balls, and if the Chiefs don’t fall behind Sunday, they probably won’t attempt more than 30 passes. However, Smith has qualities the Chiefs can count on, such as:

- Smith rarely throws interceptions.

Until he was intercepted by the Chargers last weekend, Smith had gone 312 passes without throwing an interception. Among quarterbacks who have attempted at least 350 passes this season, Smith has thrown the fewest interceptions (four). The Chiefs don’t give opponents short fields to work, because Smith will take a sack or throw it away before throwing a pick.

- Smith is durable.

In three seasons with the Chiefs, Smith has missed one game. So many teams, like the Ravens, are without their starting quarterback. Having Smith all season has helped the Chiefs stay in the playoff hunt.

Smith has been to the playoffs as a starter twice in his career - once with the 49ers and once with the Chiefs. If he’s going to return to the postseason this year, Smith knows the Chiefs can’t afford to stumble against the Ravens.

“Everyone I think outside looking in, is surprised by what’s going on there (in Baltimore), as far as records go,” Smith said via a conference call. “But you turn on the tape, and obviously (they have) a bunch of injuries but still (have) a lot of guys playing at a high level and playing hard.”

However, the Ravens have had difficulty forcing quarterbacks into mistakes. On Sunday, they will face a quarterback who doesn’t make many.

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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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