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Tucker's field goals lift Ravens over Chiefs, 9-6

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Tucker's field goals lift Ravens over Chiefs, 9-6

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Baltimore Ravens' hallmark for the better part of a decade has been defense. It's what has carried them to countless victories, playoff appearances and Super Bowl glory.

Early in the season, it was the offense that bailed them out.

Ray Lewis, Ed Reed and the rest of the guys in black and purple finally showed up at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday. They shut down Jamaal Charles and the rest of the Chiefs' offense in the second half, and made a big fourth-quarter stand to depart Kansas City with a 9-6 victory.

``This game is as hard as it gets,'' Lewis said. ``We knew the kind of game we were going to get out of these guys. We knew it would be a tough sled. For us to come in and just keep fighting, keep fighting, keep fighting, that's the one thing we talked about. ... Today was a big win for us.''

The Ravens had the NFL's second-ranked offense through the first four weeks of the season, but it faltered against an inspired Kansas City defense. Ray Rice ran for 101 yards, but Joe Flacco had just 187 yards passing and was picked off once.

Baltimore had to settle for three field goals by Justin Tucker that turned out to be enough.

``The ones that count the most are never the prettiest,'' Lewis said. ``The ones that count the most are the ones that you have to fight through. Anybody on each side of the ball will tell you they'll take a `W' before anything. For us to go home right now 4-1 is huge.''

About as huge as the hole Kansas City (1-4) has dug for itself.

Matt Cassel threw for just 92 yards, was intercepted twice and credited with two lost fumbles before leaving in the fourth quarter with what the Chiefs described as a head injury. Charles had 140 yards rushing, but only 15 in the second half, when the game was to be decided.

Kansas City has now committed 19 turnovers through its first five games, the most this early since the New Orleans Saints had 21 of them to start the 1997 season.

``We just want to play a sound football game where we're not dropping the ball as much,'' said Brady Quinn, who finished the game out and appears likely to start at quarterback when the Chiefs visit Tampa Bay next Sunday. ``If we can fix that, we can be a pretty solid team.''

Quinn, who was 3 of 3 for 32 yards passing on his only series, was greeted by applause from Kansas City fans when he entered the game. Some had paid for a banner to be flown behind a plane before the game asking for Cassel to be benched - and for Chiefs ownership to fire general manager Scott Pioli, the architect of a team that can't stop beating itself.

Quinn led the Chiefs downfield in the fourth quarter, but a pass interference penalty by Dexter McCluster negated what would have been a go-ahead touchdown pass to Dwayne Bowe. The Chiefs had to settle for another field goal by Ryan Succop and play defense.

The Ravens managed to convert two third downs and run out the clock.

``It's a good call. You can't pick a defender,'' Ravens coach John Harbaugh said of the penalty on McCluster. ``We're in man coverage and they did it two or three times in the game.''

Kansas City spent most of the first half handing off to Charles and backup running back Shaun Draughn, doing everything in their power to keep from having to make Cassel win the game.

Charles responded most of the first two quarters, routinely gashing the Ravens defense for big gains. He had 125 yards rushing at halftime, more yards than Baltimore had as an offense.

Baltimore took advantage of the Chiefs' first turnover when Tucker connected from 28 yards out with 1:21 left in the first quarter, but Succop's 30-yarder sent the game to halftime tied.

Kansas City had a chance to pull ahead after Baltimore fumbled the opening kickoff of the second half. Pass interference gave the Chiefs the ball at the 1-yard line, but Cassel fumbled the snap and Reed recovered it, keeping the game 3-all.

Tucker added a 26-yard field goal moments later, and after Cassel was picked off on a pass that bounced off Bowe's helmet, Tucker hit again from 39 yards to make it 9-3.

After the Chiefs' late field goal, Baltimore took over. Flacco scrambled for 16 yards on third-and-15 with a couple minutes left in the game, and Rice plunged for another first down with just over a minute remaining to help run out the clock.

``A win is a win is a win, as they say. We knew that was a talented team over there,'' Rice said. ``We just tried to get a win. That was the main objective coming out here.''

Notes: Chiefs LBs Justin Houston and Tamba Hali each had two sacks. ... Quinn played for the first time since Dec. 20, 2009, with Cleveland. ... The Ravens had 298 yards of offense. They're averaging 310.5 yards in two road games and 457 yards in four home games.

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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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