The Baltimore Ravens travel to Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday to take on the Kansas City Chiefs. The last time these two teams met was in the opening round of the playoffs following the 2010 season; the Ravens emerging victorious in a 30-7 win.
Sunday’s game might not be much different, as the Ravens come in with a 3-1 record and playing the exact opposite of Kansas City at this point in the season. However, the Ravens are doing things much differently these days.
Baltimore enters Week 5 ranked 23rd in total defense at 390.3 yards per game, but is still holding its opponents to only 20.8 points per game—good for a tie for 10th in the NFL.
Offense has been the Ravens’ calling card this season. Joe Flacco and co. features a balanced attack that is second in the league at 424 total yards, and fifth in scoring at 30.3 points per game.
Aside from Week 3’s shocking come-from-behind victory over the New Orleans Saints, the Chiefs would have nothing positive to draw from this season.
While Kansas City is ranked fourth in total offense at 418.5 yards per game, the fact that the team has only been able to muster 88 points is a sign that this team has played from behind way too much. This week’s contest with the Ravens will do nothing to help that issue.
Here is one bold prediction for each team in Sunday’s matchup:
Ravens Score 2 Defensive Touchdowns in Blowout Win
The Ravens defense isn’t quite as effective as it once was, but don’t tell that to Ray Lewis, Ed Reed and Haloti Ngata. This group can still shoulder the load if need be, but the Baltimore offense now leads the charge.
A more efficient offense, however, puts the opposition into uncomfortable situations, increasing the likelihood of turnovers as players tend to force things or try to pick up the extra yard or two.
Highlighted by Matt Cassel’s seven interceptions, the Chiefs have turned the ball over a total of 15 times on the year. Baltimore will keep the pressure on all game long and should be able to coerce Kansas City into multiple mistakes.
There are enough play-makers on the Ravens defense to take a couple of costly errors to the house.
Matt Cassel and Dwayne Bowe Connect for 3 Touchdowns
On the surface, the Chiefs offense looks fantastic. However, most of the team’s success has come at the end of games, or when it really doesn’t matter. A similar scenario could play out this weekend against the Ravens.
Wide receiver Dwayne Bowe has been the direct beneficiary of the Chiefs late-game success with three fourth-quarter touchdowns. Although in losses, teams must play until the final whistle.
Matt Cassel and Bowe have hooked up in the end zone several times in the last few seasons. The duo connected for three touchdowns in a 42-24 victory over the Seattle Seahawks in Week 12 of the 2010 season.
The Chiefs should be looking up at the Ravens all game long on the scoreboard on Sunday. Look for the Cassel-Bowe connection to once again shine in garbage time.