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Pollard hails Herm Edwards for Chiefs' talent

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Pollard hails Herm Edwards for Chiefs' talent

When looking at the talent on the Kansas City Chiefs such as Jamaal Charles and Dwayne Bowe, Ravens safety Bernard Pollard points to a key figure who is no longer there for that success.

Herm Edwards.

As Pollard, who played for the Chiefs from 2006-08 under his former head coach, analyzed the quality of that roster he couldn't help but credit Edwards. Edwards, now an NFL analyst for ESPN, was coach during the same span that Pollard was there.

Bowe was drafted in 2007 in the first round and was the third overall receiver chosen.

Charles was taken in the third round the following year behind the likes of Ray Rice (Ravens), Kevin Smith (Lions), Felix Jones (Cowboys), Jonathan Stewart (Panthers), Matt Forte (Bears), Chris Johnson (Titans) and Rashard Mendenhall (Steelers).

"That's what Herm wanted," Pollard said. "When you look back at a lot of players they have, Herm drafted a lot of those men that are key athletes on that team."

Charles is second in the NFL in rushing with 415 yards. He's averaging 5.8 yards per carry with two touchdowns. He gained 233 yards against the New Orleans Saints in a 27-24 comeback win in overtime for the Chiefs.

Charles also leads the league in yards from scrimmage with 512 just ahead of Rice at 491.

Preventing him from reversing field for big runs concerns the Ravens.

"We just got to hit him, tackle him. We can't allow him the big runs," Pollard said. "Jamaal is another freak athlete.

"He's going to hit his hole, one cut and he gone. We all know his sprinting background. We know he can run. We got to hit that. We got to hit him. It's going to be fun being able to see him."

Just not if Pollard has to chase him from behind.

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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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