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Kruger improves against run

The strength of linebacker Paul Kruger is supposed to be in the passing defense, not against the run.

Kruger, who expected to be a starter until a back injury derailed his progress as he has been replaced by rookie Courtney Upshaw, made his mark in the Ravens' 9-6 win vs. the Kansas City Chiefs.

"Every game is going to be different. Some games we're going to have to give a bit more (yardage) and make the stops we have to make," Kruger said. "There's going to be some games where we come out and show a lot of good things we can do. It's still early in the season. We're still developing. We've got a long way to go."

Kruger had three tackles for 13 yards of losses as he helped the Ravens bottle up Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles, who had 125 yards rushing in the first half, for just 15 in the second half.

Kruger had major stops of Charles with the Chiefs driving with less than five minutes left in the second quarter. Kruger dropped him for an eight-yard loss. He also took down Charles for a two-yard loss on the next play.

That forced Kansas City to settle for a 30-yard field goal by Ryan Succop as the Ravens went into the half tied at 3 instead of trailing.

"You talk about Kruger more on the edge, along with Albert (McClellan) and along with Courtney, (they) did a really nice job of setting the edge really throughout the game," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "We got good knockback on the edges. Once or twice, he got around that and even got a few yards, and then we ran it down."

Linebacker Ray Lewis watched the film of the Kansas City game and was impressed by Kruger's effort. With Terrell Suggs still out with an Achilles injury, Kruger is crucial.

"When things count, we have guys that their mentalities change, and Paul Kruger is one of those guys," Lewis said. "In that second half, (he) took the tight end and just did whatever he wanted to do with him. Paul has that type of talent. ... How do you replace a Suggs? You can't replace a Suggs. But you can get a lot of experience so when Suggs does finally get himself back, you have that experience in a Paul Kruger."

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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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