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4 Takes: What Will Ensure A Road Victory In Kansas City?

 4 Takes: Keys To Win On the Road

Ravens need to win this one. Why? Last year this was just the sort of game the Ravens struggled in, a lesser opponent on the road.  With their tough schedule this year, they really can’t afford to lose to a team who they can beat.

We pose the Question to our Baltimore Gridiron Columnists:

What do the Ravens have to do to ensure a win on the road this Sunday versus Kansas City?

Matt Jergensen:

“Kansas City has struggled due to turnovers so far this season so it is important for the Baltimore defense to load up against the run to slow Jamaal Charles and make the Quarterback (whomever that is) beat them through the air. That said I think some of the worry about the defense is overblown. Sure they are giving up tons of yardage but they are only just outside the top ten in terms of points given up to the opposition (83 in 4 games – 20.7 average). If the defense can turn the Chiefs over a few times you can take the crowd out of it and let the offense continue to put up points.”

Gene Winner:

“My take is the Ravens offense must stick with the running game on the road.  I am not saying only run the ball, but I am saying ‘balanced offense.’ Looking back to many road struggles including this year’s loss in Philadelphia, the run game was abandoned way too early.  It just seems that Cam Cameron gets a bit aggressive on the road passing, instead of working for field position and staying with a consistent running game. An offense must play smart, and that putting your defense in bad spots on the road especially makes wins that much more difficult.” 

Jonathan Scruggs:

“The Ravens run the ball and keep their offensive package as simple as possible. I know there was a lot of talk about communication problems against the Eagles, but crowd noise can be defeated be effectively running the ball and by running a trimmed down smoothed out offense. Keep the packages simple and run them efficiently and all the crowd noise in the world won’t matter. Peyton Manning and Tom Brady have been employing this tactic for years to great success.”

Ben Zinman:

“The Ravens need to score quickly. If they are able to put the game of reach before half time they should be able to win by no less than 10 points. Their QB Matt Cassel is a below average passer who lost all his confidence after throwing 3 interceptions last week.”



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