Game Previews

Baltimore Ravens @ Kansas City Chiefs

Location

Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Mo

 

Time

1pm ET

6pm UK

 

Coverage

CBS

Sky Sports

Game Pass

Chiefs Radio Network

 

Team Records

Chiefs 2-0

Ravens 2-0

 

Last 3 games

9th December 2018 Ravens 24 @ Chiefs 27

20th December 2015 Chiefs 34 @ Ravens 14

7th October 2012 Ravens 9 @ Chiefs 6

 

The story so far

Two games, two wins but in very different circumstances. The Jags game was never really in doubt. The Raiders however looked good for a quarter. The Chiefs D stepped up and shut them out for the rest of the game while Mahomes had a quarter for the ages and posted 4 TD and almost 300 yards. That would have been a great whole game for pretty much any other QB in the league. If the D can contain teams for even half a game while the offence retains the ability to flip the switch and go nuts, this team is going deep into the playoffs.

 

Head to head

Chiefs lead 5-4

 

Team Leaders

Passing

Att

Cmp

Yds

TDs

Patrick Mahomes

77

55

821

7

Rushing

Car

Yds

Avg

TDs

LeSean McCoy

21

104

5

0

Damien Williams

22

34

1.5

1

Receiving

Rec

Yds

Avg

TDs

Sammy Watkins

15

247

16.5

3

Travis Kelce

10

195

19.5

1

Demarcus Robinson

7

172

24.6

2

Damien Williams

9

87

9.7

0

One to watch

Darwin Thompson .

Next man up. Damien Williams injured, Shady McCoy somewhat injured so expect to see 6th round pick Thompson in action this week. He looked very impressive in pre season, but so have many barista over the years. Can he make the step up to 1st string RB? He’s going to get carries on Sunday.

 

Key Matchup

Chiefs D v Lamaar Jackson

Yeah, yeah, so he’s the top rated passer in the league. Against Miami and Arizona, two of the worst teams in the league when Baltimore had a healthy lead. Let’s see if Jackson can survive a shoot out with Patrick Mahomes where he would have to play as a real NFL QB and not a glorified RB that throws from time to time. Can the D contain him when he decides to run?  Can they pressure him into bad throws?

 

Injuries

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

PLAYER POS. INJURY PART. WED. PART. THURS. PART. FRI. GAME STATUS
Eric Fisher T Groin DNP DNP DNP Out
Tyreek Hill WR Shoulder DNP DNP DNP Out
LeSean McCoy RB Ankle DNP LP FP Questionable
Damien Williams RB Knee DNP DNP DNP Out
Laurent Duvernay-Tardif G Elbow FP FP FP
Cam Erving OL Elbow FP FP FP
Travis Kelce TE Knee FP FP FP
Patrick Mahomes QB Ankle FP FP FP
Demarcus Robinson WR Elbow FP FP FP

 

BALTIMORE RAVENS

PLAYER POS. INJURY PART. WED. PART. THURS. PART. FRI. GAME STATUS
Mark Andrews TE Foot DNP LP LP Questionable
Pat Ricard DL/FB Back DNP LP FP Questionable
Jimmy Smith CB Knee DNP DNP DNP Out
Earl Thomas S Not Injury Related DNP FP FP
Brynden Trawick S Elbow DNP DNP DNP Out
Marquise Brown WR Not Injury Related DNP
Brandon Carr CB Not Injury Related DNP
Pernell McPhee LB Not Injury Related DNP

 

What they said

RB Mark ingram ii :

“Lamar [Jackson] is a real quarterback. People can say what they want, but he can sit back there and drop dimes. He’s going to continue to improve and continue to get better. We have lots of playmakers on the outside – receivers, tight ends. You see fullbacks catching it. You see backs catching it out of the backfield. That’s what we want: a versatile offense and an explosive offense, many moving parts contributing.”

 

What we said

Andy Reid

“I think it’ll be crazy. I love it. The players feel it and then the other team feels it. It’s a great experience. For those that haven’t come, you need to get a ticket…we love it when the ground starts shaking there.”

 

Odds

Chiefs by 5.5 points

Total match points 52

I’m taking the over on both.

 

Prediction

Chiefs 31 Ravens 20

 

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