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Harbaugh, Rice praise Chiefs' underated defense


Harbaugh, Rice praise Chiefs' underated defense

With all the chatter surrounding the Kansas City Chiefs' offense, the defense appears forgotten.

It's not a bad one. The Chiefs are 13th in total defense, 10 spots ahead of the Ravens going into Sunday's game at Arrowhead Stadium.

What has hurt the Chiefs, however, are turnovers by the offense. They're a league-worst minus-13 because the quarterback Matt Cassel alone is responsible for 10 of them.

Outside linebackers Tamba Hali and Justin Houston, who is just in his second season, can cause problems for a Ravens offensive line that gave up four sacks to the Cleveland Browns in their last game.

"They've got two tremendous pass rushers right now," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "It seems like we see those guys every week, and there are two more them coming down the pike.

"They are just both fast, speed edge rushers. They are both explosive, athletic guys. They're more explosive, athletic-type rushers more than power rushers."

The Chiefs have a different look than the Browns, who held Ravens running back Ray Rice to 49 yards on 18 carries.

"We are facing a 34 defense so those guys are technically defensive ends but they are called linebackers in the 34," Rice said. "They get after the pass."

The Chiefs aren't as healthy as the Ravens, who had every starter participate fully in practice Thursday.

Chiefs defensive end Glenn Dorsey didn't practice Thursday because of a calf injury. Starting safety Kendrick Lewis, who is listed as having a shoulder injury, didn't practice either and the Chiefs only would say it wasn't injury-related.

According to Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star via his Twitter account: "Kendrick Lewis is not at practice because of personal reasons. So don't look for him to play this week."

That likely means that backup Travis Daniels moves into the starting role at free safety.

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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.