IT’S 1 O’CLOCK SOMEWHERE
After playing three primetime games in September, the Ravens begin a string of five-consecutive 1 p.m. ET games, starting with a battle at Kansas City this Sunday, Oct. 7, at Arrowhead Stadium.
ON THE AIR
National Radio: Compass Media Networks
- Gregg Daniels (play-by-play)
- Dale Hellestrae (analyst)
TV: CBS / WJZ (Ch. 13)
- Ian Eagle (play-by-play)
- Dan Fouts (analyst)
- Bob Mansbach (producer)
- Suzanne Smith (director)
GONNA RUN LIKE THE WIND
Two of the NFL’s most dynamic backs square off this Sunday when RB Ray Rice of the Ravens and RB Jamaal Charles of the Chiefs meet at Arrowhead Stadium. Entering Week 5, Charles (third round, 73rd overall) and Rice (second round, 55th overall), who were both drafted in 2008, rank 1-2, respectively, in net yards from scrimmage. Charles has 512 total yards, while Rice has posted 491.
GETTING TO KNOW YOU ~ Q&A WITH LARDARIUS WEBB
If you could witness any sporting event past, present or future, what would it be?
“Michael Jordan’s last game with the Chicago Bulls in the NBA Finals, sitting courtside. I never had the chance to go to a Jordan game.”
If you could have had the starring role in one film already made, which movie would you pick?
“I love movies, and I would choose a starring role in ‘Bad Boys.’ Those are my two favorite actors, Will Smith and Martin Lawrence. I love that movie.”
Who would play you in a movie?
“The actor Harold Perrineau Jr.,who is in the TV series ‘Oz.’”
What is the best advice that you can give your son, Lardarius Jr., right now?
“The best advice I can give him is to always show respect. Respect all people. Respect.”
What is the focus of the Lardarius Webb Foundation?
“I’m passionate about helping kids. Growing up, I was just one of those kids that needed a little bit of help so that’s what I aim to provide for someone else now. I always give my time for the kids.”
What Chiefs’ quarterback was a member of the AFC Pro Bowl team in 1995?
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
“It’s a true family. That’s the greatest thing about this game. It brings a lot of men together that come from a lot of different circumstances, and they create a brotherhood. That’s the Ravens’ culture. The only thing that separates us is blood.” ~ WR Torrey Smith on the bond of his Ravens teammates
“They’re a very talented offensive team. They’ve got speed outside. They’ve got experience outside and inside. They’ve got their tight ends that are very athletic. We haven’t even talked about the running back. So, they really can stretch you out and give you problems, matchup problems, and they do a good job doing it.” ~ Browns defensive coordinator Dick Jauron on what he’s seen from the Ravens’ offense this season
DID YOU KNOW?
* The Ravens are 3-3 against the Chiefs and they’ve won their last 3 against Kansas City, two of those wins coming at Arrowhead Stadium. The Ravens have average 29.3 points during those last 3 contests and they’ve won by an average margin of 15.7 points.
* The Ravens’ have a 2-0 record under head coach John Harbaugh in games the week after playing on a Thursday.
AFTER THE BREAK
The Ravens have scored 21 points on the first possession of the second half, ranking as the NFL’s most. Baltimore has scored a TD on the first drive of the second half in three of four games.
IT’S IN THE NUMBERS
* The Ravens own the NFL’s longest active streak of ranking in the Top 5 in run defense (yards allowed per game), doing so for six-straight seasons. In 2011, Baltimore was No. 2, permitting just 92.6 rushing ypg.
* Joe Flacco & Co. have scored 7 touchdowns on 12 drives that began inside their own 20-yard line, ranking as the NFL’s most (NE is next with 4 such TDs). Baltimore’s offense has scored 66.7% of the time on drives that begin inside its own 20 (NE is next at 53.8%).
* The Ravens have 26 offensive plays of 20-or-more yards by Baltimore, most in the NFL. The Ravens have produced 24 passing plays of 20+ yards, also ranking as the NFL’s best mark this season.
KNOWING THE ENEMY
Offense: Kansas City ranks fourth in total offense (419.5 ypg), including second in rushing (173.5 ypg). RB Jamaal Charles is second in the NFL with 415 rushing yards, while WR Dwayne Bowe is fourth in the AFC with a team-high 342 receiving yards and 3 TDs. QB Matt Cassel has completed 94 of 161 passes for 1,058 yards and 5 TDs, adding 7 INTs. He has been sacked 13 times.
Defense: The Chiefs rank 13th in total defense (334.0 ypg), while KC has allowed the NFL’s second-most points per game (34.0). The Chiefs have posted 2 INTs and 8 sacks, including a team-high 4 QB drops by second-year LB Justin Houston.
FROM THE LAND OF PLEASANT LIVING TO THE CAPITAL OF BAR-B-Q
- Chiefs GM Scott Pioli served as the Ravens’ pro personnel coordinator in 1996. Pioli moved to Baltimore with the Cleveland franchise, where he worked as a personnel assistant from 1992-95. He was also the vice president of player personnel with the Patriots (2002-08) when Ravens LBs coach Dean Pees served as the LBs coach (2004-05) and defensive coordinator (2006-09).
- Ravens S Bernard Pollard was selected by the Chiefs in the second round of the 2006 Draft and played with KC from 2006-08. He amassed 189 tackles (162 solo), 3 INTs and 1 sack during his time in Kansas City.
- Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees and Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel served on the same staff of the New England Patriots from 2004-05 – Pees as the LBs coach and Crennel as the defensive coordinator – helping the team win Super Bowl XXXIX. Pees succeeded Crennel as the defensive coordinator when Crennel left to become the head coach of the Cleveland Browns in 2006. Chiefs offensive coordinator Brian Daboll was also a member of the Patriots’ staff at that time as the WRs coach.
- Chiefs QBs coach Jim Zorn served in the same role with the Ravens in 2010.
- Chiefs WR Terrance Copper played in two games for the Ravens during the 2008 season, registering 1 special teams tackle.
- Chiefs LB Edgar Jones was a member of the Ravens from 2007-11, posting 6 tackles (3 solo) and 1.5 sacks.
- Chiefs C Bryan Mattison was with the Ravens from 2008-11, appearing in 10 games.
LAUGH OF THE WEEK AT THE EXPENSE OF RAVENS’ OPPONENT
Q: Why is Matt Cassel like a grizzly bear?
A: Every fall he goes into hibernation.