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Kruger takes play up another level

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Kruger takes play up another level

Each week, Paul Kruger raises the ante.

The fourth-year linebacker is becoming increasingly difficult to keep off of quarterbacks.

Kruger, who was slowed by a back injury that took him out of the starting lineup by Week 2, has had at least a sack in three consecutive games.

He has already equaled his total from last season with 5.5, has defensed 5 passes and had his first interception since his rookie year.

“I think part of it, too, is what we have done schematically is change some of our packages and … put guys in roles that we think they can flourish in and also sometimes take a little bit off of their plate in terms of having to know so many different things,” defensive coordinator Dean Pees said when asked about Kruger's success.  “He’s accepted that role very, very well and really done a good job with it.”

Kruger effectively replaced Jarret Johnson, who left as a free agent for the San Diego Chargers during the offseason.

Safety Bernard Pollard compares him to Jared Allen, an All-Pro linebacker for the Minnesota Vikings who can rush and drop in coverage like Kruger.

“He’s set this defense up. He’s done tremendous things,” Pollard said of Kruger, who usually lines up on the same side as the tight end. “We’ve cycled guys in and out of that position. …

“(He’s) white lightning. He’s able to shake you. He can use the bull rush. … He reminds me a lot of Jared Allen. I was in Kansas City with Jared. Bigger body than Kruger but very similar with the hands, with the feet, very smart players.”

Kruger will be a free agent after this season, and based on his play the Ravens might not be able to afford him.

“He’s setting himself up for his future…. I think he really has a good shot at breaking the bank,” Pollard said. “Our team, we want pass rushers.”

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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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