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Far from pretty but Ravens win

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Far from pretty but Ravens win

This Ravens offense isnt up to speed on the road, even with the no-huddle offense.

Counting the last two quarters of their only other road game this season at the Philadelphia Eagles, the Ravens have failed to score a touchdown in six consecutive quarters away from home.

Theyve also gotten off to poor starts in three consecutive games the previous two were home games at M&T Bank Stadium -- by failing to score a touchdown in the opening period.

Fortunately for the Ravens, the Kansas City Chiefs cant help but sabotage themselves. They had five Sunday, including three in the first half and one on the Ravens goal line in the third quarter, as they increased their NFL lead in the category to 20 en route to losing four of their first five games.

The Chiefs played it safe, giving the ball to running back Jamaal Charles 20 times in the first half and having quarterback Matt Cassel only pass seven times.

The Ravens once-vaunted run had no answer for Charles early. He finished the game with 140 yards on 30 carries as he averaged 4.7 yards per rush.

Going against a secondary that was missing starting safety Kendrick Lewis and had given up 10 touchdowns, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco turned in his worst game of the season. He went 13-for-27 for 187 yards with no touchdowns, one interception and a 55.6 passer rating.

Player of the game: RB Ray Rice only had 17 carries but 102 yards to average 6.0 per try on a day when nothing else was right with the offense.

The turning point: After Deonte Thompson fumbled to open the second half, the defense bailed him out as Ed Reed recovered a fumbled snap between C Ryan Lilja and Cassel on the goal line. Instead, Flacco drove the Ravens 80 yards for a field goal by Justin Tucker that gave them a lead theyd never relinquish again.

Highlights: Rice got off to a fast start with five carries for 49 yards in the first quarter Tucker made three field goals from 28, 26 and 39 yards for their only scores. Hes 11-for-12 for the season. Charles was stuffed in the second half as he was held to 15 yards on 10 carries, with coach John Harbaugh attributing the success to subtle halftime adjustments. ... Activated for the first time this season, LaQuan Williams got involved quick. On special teams, he tackled Shaun Draughn on the kickoff at the 21 On third down and 15 deep in his own territory with just more than four minutes left in the game, Flacco scrambled for 16 yards and a first down that all but took the air out of the Chiefs' hopes for a comeback win.

Lowlights: Flacco was sacked four times but the Ravens weren't able to get any on Cassel, who left with a head injury with 9:35 left in the fourth when he was sandwiched by DT Haloti Ngata and LB Paul Kruger, or backup Brady Quinn. ... Ravens rookie RT Kelechi Osemele had trouble keeping LB Tamba Hali out of the backfield. Hali had two sacks. ... WR Jacoby Jones was held without a catch.

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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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