The Ravens enter Week 2 on the heels of a disappointing overtime loss to the Raiders. Now, they host the Chiefs in Baltimore for Sunday Night Football.
The staff of Baltimore Beatdown shares some bold predictions for the game.
While I’m not overly confident in the Ravens’ chances of pulling off the upset, I think they will feed off the motivation of being home underdogs and make it a much closer game than is currently being predicted by fans and pundits. John Harbaugh coached teams don’t just roll over and go quietly into the night without a fight.
I expect the Ravens to return to their more run-heavy roots and utilize more of the quick passing game on offense while they get their pass protection kinks figured out. My boldest predictions are that rookie Odafe Oweh builds off his impressive debut and pairs with Justin Houston to terrorize his former team. They will keep the game within range and possibly give Lamar Jackson and the offense a few more possessions with a turnover or two via strip-sack.
In three career games against the Chiefs, Mark Andrews has just six catches for 37 yards. He matches this reception total on Sunday night alone and adds a touchdown reception, bouncing back after a quiet performance in Week 1. The Ravens utilize bracket coverage against Travis Kelce and Andrews winds up with more receiving yards in this game than the best tight end in football.
Behind an offensive line that was abysmal in Week 1, Lamar Jackson resorts to using his legs this week, rushing for close to 200 yards. Defensively, the Ravens pressure actually gets to Mahomes for four sacks. Baltimore keeps it close but is unable to hang with Kansas City for four quarters.
Vegas has the Ravens as only 3.5 point underdogs for a reason, as Baltimore keeps the game close into the fourth quarter. Patrick Queen shows his improvement from the last time the Chiefs came to town, notching a sack, forced fumble, tackle for loss, and pass deflection. Sammy Watkins takes his old team to the woodshed, totaling over 100 yards easily as Lamar Jackson plays his best game against the team that’s given him the most trouble over the last two years, accounting for over 350 yards and three scores. James Proche makes his mark as a pro, grabbing at least four passes and moving the chains twice.