Week 3 – Baltimore Ravens vs. Kansas City Chiefs
The Baltimore Ravens host the Super Bowl Champions, the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday prime time at 8:15pm. This time, the stadium will not be completely empty. The Ravens have permitted 250 fans to attend the game. The team will allow the immediate family of the players, coaches and front office staff to attend.
These teams represent the beginning of a new rival. Two league MVPs that can win with their legs as well as their arms.
The Ravens are flying high coming off their second lopsided (33-16) win of the season against the Houston Texans.The Ravens have won 14 straight regular season games, which is the longest active regular season win in the NFL. Defense came through with four sacks, 13 quarterback hits, one interception by cornerback Marcus Peters and one 22-yard fumble recovery touchdown by linebacker L.J. Fort. They held the Texans to 51 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
Offense held their own. Running backs J.K. Dobbins, Mark Ingram II and Gus Edwards rushed for a combined 176 yards and one touchdown. Jackson went 18 of 24 with 204 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions, along with 54 rushing yards. Tight end Nick Boyle and fullback Patrick Ricard pulled in one score each.
The Chiefs are also soaring, coming off their second (23-20) win against Los Angeles Charges in overtime, making tis their eighth straight win, which is the longest active winning streak in the NFL. Mahomes threw for over 300 yards however, his legs assisted his team to a win with 54 rushing yards.
Jackson is 0-2 against the Chiefs. Although Jackson does not harbor any ill feelings toward Mahomes or the Chiefs, his mindset is beating the defense, not getting involved in rivalries.
“I don’t really care for rivalries or thinking about another QB,” Jackson said last month. “I play offense, he plays offense. We’ve got to worry about each other’s defenses. … I don’t have any problem with them. Those two losses definitely make me mad, but it is what it is. Move on.”
In order for the Ravens to win, Mahomes must be contained along with tight end Travis Kelce. In a Ravens article, it was mentioned that the defense may or may not cut back on the blitzing. Putting pressure on the quarterback works on many teams but Mahomes can adjust accordingly.
Mahomes will be facing a new defense with the addition of defensive end Calais Campbell, cornerback Marcus Peters and linebacker Patrick Queen. Each defense guy has their own speciality that they bring to every defensive drive.
This will be a must-see showdown.