First of all I’d like to announce I’m no longer just a guest blogger so I must be doing something right, right??? That’s one moment of truth. Here’s more…
Going into Week 3 my early season overreactions continue to backfire as the fanbase lets me hear it. Look, I know Hollywood Brown has 12 catches for 233 yards and 2 touchdowns. I’m also fully aware Mark Andrews is just a big wide receiver, labeled tight end with 16 catches for 220 yards and 2 touchdowns. Pretty good, right? But I’m greedy and I want more. Who wouldn’t want to see another dangerous threat emerge? The rest of the wide receivers have 6 catches for 72 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Come on guys!
Let’s talk about Week 2 for a second.
Yes, I know it’s Saturday, but why not? After Week 1 I think most fans expected another blowout win as we march towards the playoffs. It just doesn’t always work that way. The Cardinals are better than most expect and as the season goes on this win will look better on paper. If Kliff Kingsbury had some cojones and went for it inside the 5 instead of opting for field goals, the Ravens may have lost the game. Lamar Jackson had another great game displaying the same accuracy on his way to racking up 272 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also looked more decisive as a runner going for 120 yards on 16 carries. His 41 yard throw to Brown on 3 and 11 with 3:05 left in the game was a big boy throw and sealed the win.
This team is fun. Don’t miss the action the rest of the season.
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) September 15, 2019
Now…notice I haven’t mentioned the defense in Week 2. That’s because it’s part of my Jerry Springer meets Dr. Phil moment of the week. I’ve heard Ravens fans use words like “torched” and “catastrophic breakdowns” to describe the defense.
The Air Raid offense is designed to keep defenses off balance and pass heavy. They held the Cardinals to 20 rushing yards, YES the passing yards are going to be inflated because of this. Here’s a fun fact: The Ravens have scored 82 points and held opponents to 27 points through two games. That’s pretty good. The defense is 2nd in the league in yards per game, 4th in points allowed, and 1st in run defense, holding opponents to a whopping 20.5 yards per GAME. I’m not drinking Purple Kool Aid, I’m just stating the facts. When it’s time to panic, trust me you will know.
So Week 3 has arrived. It was likely circled on Lamar Jackson’s calendar the moment schedules were released because he wants to avenge last year’s loss. I think this is very much a winnable game for the Ravens. The weather is supposed to be rainy and the Chiefs are battling injuries. The starting left tackle is out, starting running back is out, and Patrick Mahomes has a sprained ankle he injured in Week 1.
The Ravens need to go run heavy and keep the Chiefs offense off the field and to suck the gas out of Chris Jones. He is a game wrecking defensive tackle that will be lining up across Bradley Bozeman and Matt Skura. The Chiefs aren’t built for a dog fight. This game is exactly why the Ravens brought in Earl Thomas and Mark Ingram. Experienced veterans who rise up for big games.
I think the Ravens win this match up 27-17.
We’ll see the Chiefs again in the postseason.
And THAT will be another moment of truth…