One week after officially being eliminated from the playoffs, the Ravens come out clicking on all cylinders and beat the Chiefs, 17-14.
Baltimore only surrenders two sacks and forces three turnovers. C.J. Mosley scores the game-winning pick-six.
Mum is the word on who exactly will line up under center on Sunday against the Chiefs but it’s likely not going to matter anyways. The Ravens won’t suffer a blowout like they did last week but Alex Smith will pick apart the secondary, particularly if the “young guys” on defense see extended reps.
Jeremy Butler continues to progress and will have two touchdowns and 100 yards receiving in the losing effort.
Chiefs 28 Ravens 20
The Chiefs’ defense is one of the hottest in football and the Ravens offense is one of the most ravaged with injuries.
Regardless of who is under center for the Ravens this week they simply don’t have the playmakers to compete with the Chiefs defense. I expect the Baltimore defense to hang in there for the first half, but they’ll eventually get worn down because the offense won’t be able to stay on the field.
It won’t be quite as ugly as last week but it will be close.
I’m putting three slips of paper in a hat.
And…here’s the drawing.
It’s 27-13 Chiefs.
That sounds about right, actually. I have no idea how the Ravens can score 13 points,
but they did manage to squirrel themselves to six points last week against Seattle. K.C.’s good and all,
but the Seahawks they’re not.
It’s finally starting to hit me that the Ravens are going 4-12 this year. I didn’t actually realize that until. I looked at the final three games today and said, “loss, loss, loss…”
The last time Alex Smith visited Baltimore he was a 49er and he failed to get his team into the end zone as he was on the short end of a 16-6 game on Thanksgiving Night in 2011. Since then Smith has become an effective game manager, rarely going downfield.
Well on Sunday, that will all change.
Jeremy Maclin will score twice from 30+ yards (one of which will go for 60+ yards) on his way to a 150 yard game. Meanwhile TE Travis Kelce will pile on another 80 receiving yards with 7 catches and two scores of his own.
Matt Schaub won’t start but he’ll get in the game when he relieves a struggling Jimmy Clausen who throws 3 picks before he’s yanked in the third quarter. Schaub will add another as the Chiefs go +4 in turnovers on the day. There will be some good news for the Ravens when Kaelin Clay returns a punt for a score. It will be the Ravens only TD.
In honor of a former Raven and Chief who wore number 31 in Kansas City and earned a ring in Baltimore (Priest Holmes) here’s your final…
Chiefs 31 Ravens 13.
The Ravens return to their “almost but not quite” ways. With the KC pass rush on the shelf, Schauslett throws for 2 scores, but the Ravens again fail to get an interception and lose 20-17.
These two teams have played 7 teams (including 1 playoff game) and the Ravens have won the last 4 meetings, after the Chiefs won the first 3.
The Chiefs are one of the hottest teams in football right now, having won 7 in a row. When you look at their stats, these teams look pretty evenly matched. But when you look on the field, you see two completely different teams. The Chief defense should shut down a weak injury-riddled Ravens offense. The Chiefs offense has averaged 31.5 points per game over their last four games.
The Ravens defense continues to get torched, but the Ravens offense surprisingly moves the ball, but can’t get in the end zone.
This could go the same way the Seahawks game did. Chiefs win 34-15.
FUN FACT: The Ravens 1st 8 games were lost by a total of 37 points. Last week they lost by 29 thanks to a thorough whopping by Russell Wilson without the services of Marshawn Lynch, Jimmy Graham or Thomas Rawls. OUCH.
It speaks volumes that the Ravens defense is just as weak as the offense right now, yet the offense is the unit that’s decimated with injuries. The defense is just flat out BAD.
And that horrid defense will continue to rear its ugly head against a Chiefs team that’s won 7 straight, and appears to be playoff bound. Kelce finds the endzone TWICE (he says with fingers crossed and fantasy playoff implications in mind) and Smith runs in another with a plodding Upshaw chasing him down on the edge to no avail. For Baltimore, at least 2 QB’s play in this game, at least 1 offensive player leaves with an injury, and Justin Tucker missed at least 1 FG, and with a Chargers win over Miami the Ravens move into the 3rd slot for the 2016 draft.