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Keys to the Game: Ravens @ Chiefs

Can the Ravens win in Arrowhead?

Week 5: Baltimore Ravens at Kansas City Chiefs

Sunday October 7, 2012 1:00 PM

Line: Ravens -7 O/U 47

At the quarter pole, the Ravens sit exactly where they want to be. Now an argument could me made that the Birds should be 4-0, but to be sitting at 3-1 during an absolutely brutal stretch vs. some elite competition is pretty darn special. For only the second time this season, the boys hit the road and are looking to continue their dominance in Arrowhead Stadium. Will the slow march continue or will he let down game return to show its face? With that in mind, let’s take a look at this week’s keys to the game.

 

Baltimore Gridiron Report Keys to the Game

1st and Ten: Settle Down and Simplify

As we all witnessed in Philadelphia, crowd noise can be a real detriment to the what the Ravens are trying to do on offense this season. The no huddle looks great inside M&T but it stalled out and floundered when Joe couldn’t hear.  Arrowhead is going to be an even bigger test. While it’s true that the Chiefs haven’t given their fans anything to cheer about lately, the noise can get to deafening levels.

The Ravens must settle down their offensive game plan and simply the calls and the motions to allow the no huddle to run effectively. Tom Brady and Peyton Manning have been doing this for years. They know they can counter crowd noise by keeping it very simple.

2nd and Long: Contain Jamal Charles

This is, for reasons that need not be expounded upon, the most obvious key to this Ravens match-up. Jamal Charles is an absolute monster with the ball, and he will decimate this Ravens defense if they don’t BUCKle up and hit him hard. He’s a north south power runner with shiftiness that belies just how big and strong he really is.

This entire game is predicated upon containing keeping Jamal Charles in check. If the Ravens do not want to give in to another let down, they have got to start at the line of scrimmage and shore up a surprisingly area of weaknesses.

3rd and Short: Storm the Cassel

Matt Cassel is second only to Michael Vick in terms of total number of interceptions thrown this season. He has seven though four games and a paltry five total touchdowns. The Ravens can sew this game up quickly and effectively by getting to Cassel and forcing him to make mistakes with the football. Because the Ravens are playing away from home, in an admittedly hostile environment, they must dominate the +/- battle. As goes the ball, so goes the game.

4th Down: RAY RICE

Ray Rice is one of the premier running backs in the NFL. Ray Rice has a habit of shredding the Chiefs defense for massive gains. Not to mention the fact that teams on the road, are usually far more successful when they stick to an attack predicated upon a power running game.

If the Ravens are going to win, they will need to focus on building a balanced attack that favors Ray Rice. Although you cant be all run or all pass long sustained drives that feature the running game takes the air out of the opponent and can quiet a loud stadium.

Extra Point: Points, points and more points

This game could be incredibly high scoring if the Ravens defense can’t manage to contain Jamal Charles. He has the ability to single handedly carry this team; much like Marshawn Lynch did for the Seahawks last season. A running back like that is capable of numerous scoring plays, so the Ravens must come out blazing and put up numbers. Score on every possession. Don’t give the Chiefs an opportunity to stay in his game.

BGR Predictions

Jonathon Scruggs (2-2)

The Chiefs do have Jaamal Charles, but they are 1-3 for a reason. Arrowhead is a tough stadium to play in but I think the Ravens are well rested and well prepared. A lethal combination.

Ravens 27 — Chiefs 20

Matt Jergensen (3-1)

We all know that the Ravens are about a .500 road team and that Kansas City is very tough place to play but I don’t think that’s enough to get past Baltimore this afternoon. The Chiefs offense consists of Jaamal Charles running the football and Matt Cassel turning it over and with the Ravens improving their run defense it should make it a lot harder on KC. Still this will be no blowout and I see a tight game heading into the final quarter.

Ravens 24 – Chiefs 17

Gene Winner (3-1)

I can see this one being closer than expected. The Chiefs are up against a wall, and need to turn things around quickly. In the end the Ravens should pull away with a lead and the win.

Ravens 27 – Chiefs 20

Ben Zinman (3-1)

I am afraid this game will reach an early conclusion. The Chiefs have Jamal Charles and he is fast. He will score a touchdown. Their primary receiver is Dwayne Bowe. Webb will make him pay every time he touches the ball. Since I will be at the game I hope to see some good competition. My prediction is that’s highly unlikely. Ravens breeze to an easy win

Ravens 28 – Chiefs 10

 


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