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Sunday Match-Up: Kansas City @ Baltimore

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These are two teams on opposite ends of the spectrum.

The Chiefs are under a new head coach Todd Haley who has had much success offensively in the NFL. However, as of right now the team is in a rebuilding process on both sides of the ball.  Offensive coordinator Chan Gailey was fired just a few weeks ago. The big question will be if Matt Cassel, coming off a knee sprain, if he is healthy on Sunday.

With the loss of Tightend Tony Gonzales to Atlanta it takes away one of their offensive weapons. You can bet that the Ravens secondary will have their focus on Wide receiver Dwayne Bowe who is a proven talent.

Running Back Larry Johnson is coming of a lack luster season but is always a threat. Chiefs also utilize Jamaal Charles, RB who has been impressive.   The Ravens on the other hand are poised to make another run to the playoffs and pride themselves on great defense.

With offensive coordinator Cam Cameron they will begin to pride themselves on a versatile and consistent offense. The running backs a.k.a. three headed monster of Rice, McGahee and McClain all are improved. The team is a cohesive unit with a veteran center and a young, but talented offensive line. With QB Joe Flacco maturing we will see more plays downfield.  

Some Matchups To Look At:

The Ravens first round draft picks: Tackle Michael Oher starts his first game and will have his work cut out for him. The Chiefs are running a 3-4 and Nickel with various blitz packages. Keep an eye out for first round pick Defensive End Tyson Jackson and the talent of outside linebacker Tamba Hali.  

Second year player: Running back Ray Rice will look open up his season with a big day against the Chiefs defense. Will the Chiefs and veteran linebacker Mike Vabrel be able to slow Rice down?  

Wide receiver: Dwayne Bowe of the Chiefs will be a good challenge for the Ravens secondary.  

Running backs: Like the Ravens the Chiefs will be using all of their running backs. Larry Johnson looks to make a comeback and has some help in Jamaal Charles and Jackie Battle. Ray Lewis will be looking to put a stop to any thing moving if it can get past Haloti Ngata.  

Battle of rookie kickers:  Kicker Ryan Succop, rookie (Mr. Irrelevant Award as the last pick in the draft), Steven Steve Hauschka taking over for Matt Stover. Hauschka not a rookie, but starts his first regular season game as the field goal kicker.


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