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Ravens-Chiefs: National media predictions

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Ravens-Chiefs: National media predictions

Sunday's gameagainst the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium would appear to be precisely the typeof game that gave the Ravens trouble last year: A road game against a seeminglyinferior opponent. The Ravens appear fresh and rested after a 10-day layoff,while the Chiefs, at 1-3, are desperate to salvage their season. The Chiefs haveput up some impressive numbers, but their most telling number is this: 15.That's how many turnovers they have committed, the highest total in the league.
Here is how someof the national media see the game:Mike Florio, ProFootball Talk: Ravens 35, Chiefs 24 "When theChiefs were a playoff team, they couldnt handle the Ravens at home.Rested and ready after four games that kicked off 17 days apart, the Ravens areready to put the Texans on notice that Baltimore wont step aside forthem." Elliott Harrison,NFL.com: Ravens 26, Chiefs 20"Joe Flaccoshould have his hands full with a motivated Chiefs defense playing in front ofits home crowd with a healthy dose of desperation at 1-3. Last season, KansasCity started 0-4 -- a hole that proved just too daunting, as the Chiefsfinished a game back in the AFC West at 7-9. Matt Cassel will not be able toput up huge numbers on a good defense. The Chiefs signal-caller has beenerratic, but he's also not getting much help from his receivers, who aren'tmaking plays that count until it's garbage time. Twenty points is as high atotal as K.C. can hope for this Sunday."Vinnie Iyer,Sporting News: Ravens 34, Chiefs 17"The Chiefshave completely lost their Arrowhead Stadium mojo, and the Ravens won't allowthem to rediscover it. Coming off extra rest, look for Baltimore to put thegame away early with scoring plays and have its defense tee off on Matt Cassel.Also expect a huge day from scrimmage for Ray Rice."Peter King,SI.com: Ravens 20, Chiefs 13
"Not surethe Chiefs can hold off the Matt Cassel doubters much longer. Wouldn't besurprised to see Brady Quinn start the second half here if the Chiefs struggleon offense -- and it's not much of a help that the rested Ravens are coming offa 10-day break since their last game."Pete Prisco,CBSSports.com: Ravens 31, Chiefs 24
"The Ravenswill be well rested after playing last Thursday. The Chiefs are 1-3 and easilycould be 0-4. Baltimore's passing game is a tough test for any defense, so lookfor a lot of Ravens points here. Matt Cassel won't keep up. This could be ahigh-scoring game."Mark Schlereth,ESPN: Ravens (no score given)"(ArrowheadStadium) is not going to scare the Baltimore Ravens. They're very good. KansasCity (is) really struggling, turning the ball over more than any other offensein the National Football League. The Baltimore defense is going to feast on KansasCity."Michael DavidSmith, Pro Football Talk: Ravens 24, Chiefs 14"The callsto bench Matt Cassel will only grow louder as the Ravens defense has its waywith him."

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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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