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The Ravens beat their kryptonite, the Kansas City Chiefs, by a score of 36-35 on Sunday Night Football. RSR staff react to the win here…

Darin McCann

This one will be talked about for years amongst the Flock, and I wonder if this was Lamar Jackson’s “Moment Game” that takes him to that level we all suspect he could reach. The deservedly-maligned offensive line played a tremendous game, and the Ravens punished that defensive front seven of Kansas City. The defense played a consistent, safe game that didn’t necessarily work better than the mad-bomber ways of years past, but Odafe Oweh continues to shine, and put himself on the national map with a remarkable performance. This was a great win. Enjoy it. 

Derek Arnold

After that start – a pick six on the game’s third play – who would have thought we’d be sitting here discussing a victory as midnight approaches? And what a difference a week makes, eh? The offensive line looked worlds better even with Ronnie Stanley sidelined, and the Oakland Raiders suddenly look like they might be one of the best teams in the AFC after going to Pittsburgh on a short week and winning, as opposed to just another bad loss on the Ravens’ early-season schedule.

Despite suffering several MORE injuries – both DeShon Elliott and Brandon Williams left with new nick-ups – the Ravens slayed their dragon in Patrick Mahomes & Andy Reid. This Ravens team continues to show that they are at their best when the chips are down. While it may frustrate us as fans at times, it also provides for unexpected highs like this one.

Odafe Oweh. That may be the jersey to buy if you’re looking for the next great Baltimore defender. With Ray Lewis in the house, the rookie stamped his own name on Ravens defensive lore, and may have taken his first step toward being spoken about with the greats.

Aidan Griesser

What an outstanding win! The Ravens could have folded after the horrific start, but continued fighting to pull out a win that could galvanize the group for weeks.

— Jackson owned the day. He made one or two bad decisions that Matthieu made him pay for, but otherwise, he was at his best in my eyes. Put the team on his back and proved that the Ravens can win high-scoring games his way.

— Odafe Oweh made the play of the night for the defense. He flashed throughout this game but when the Ravens needed a huge play, he made one. Oweh is the first pass rusher Baltimore has drafted in years that from the jump looks like a stud.

— Let’s not overlook the game Hollywood Brown had. He backed a strong opening performance with another tonight. He’s off to a promising start. 

— Duvernay may have had his biggest career “catch” tonight. Clutch.

— How about the guts of Harbaugh?? Shades of Seattle 2019, but this call may have been even bigger. He didn’t blink, even though it truly was a make-or-break play. Awesome stuff.

Chad Racine

Wow, that game was incredible.  I won’t be able to sleep for a while two weeks in a row but it feels much better now.

Sure there were mistakes but the Ravens found a way to win with effort and determination. It’s hard to pick an MVP because this was a team effort.  What might have been the most comforting surprise moving forward is the offensive line play. The switch up seemed to do wonders. 

Tavon Young, Justin Madibuike, and Anthony Averett all made big plays. The most impressive though was Odafe Oweh with the biggest play of the game. A strip and  recovery of the fumble.

Lamar was the star on the offensive side of the ball making plays running and in the passing game.  Hollywood had an incredible night and there are plenty of reasons to be confident in the passing game moving forward. 

Another reminder that it’s a week to week league. 

Ben Dackiw

I told y’all. That’s all I’m gonna say.

Lamar showed that he can bounce back. The defense locked it down in crunch time. The O-Line reclaimed their honor.

Patrick Mahomes has been an almost Peyton Manning level boogey-man the last three years and the Ravens just beat him. With 14 guys on IR.

Stop doubting Wink, and stop doubting Greg Roman.

The Ravens are here. The hay is in the barn.

You’re next, Detroit.

Rob Shields

This was one of the more improbable wins I can remember.  They came into this game with the O-line in shambles (pass pro wise), injures all over the place and facing a team that has their number. On top of that, Lamar comes out and immediately throws a pick 6 and later follows that up with the awful decision to throw into triple coverage.  He essentially spotted KC 10 points.  But after that, Lamar was the best player on the field.  

The Oline played very well.  Lamar had a lot of time tonight and the run blocking was great.  The team needed to be run it 40+ times and that’s what they did.  Everything looked great on offense tonight.  If I have an offensive complaint after tonight it’s that they aren’t getting enough guys involved. Devin Duvernay and James Proche are essentially on milk cartons at this point, although I’m still amazed that amongst seven Chiefs, Duvernay recovered that fumble. 

Defensively, they took Hill out of the game.  The run defense was good.  Oweh looks like he’s going to be a stud. The pass defense wasn’t as bad as it looked, especially in the secondary, but tackling was awful.  As I’m writing this, I think Kelce just broke another tackle on that TD run.  They definitely made the decision to not blitz Mahomes tonight.  They kept everything in front of them and didn’t allow the deep ball.  It was very Dean Pees-esque.

And I love that Harbaugh put the game in Lamar’s hands at the end.  They had to throw it on third down.  Everyone will talk about the 4th down but the third down call was just as big. Harbaugh made the right call going for it on 4th down. He would have gotten slammed for doing it if they lost but I think telling the best player on the field (at least for this game) to go get one yard on a night where the Oline was blowing KC off the ball was the right call. We have to remember, that the Ravens had an eight-minute drive in that 4th quarter and KC didn’t have the ball long before the defense had to go right back out there.  They were tired, a la the Ravens last week.

I’m glad to say I was fortunate enough to be there.  Great atmosphere, great crowd and an even better game.  Glad I was way wrong about the outcome on this one!

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