In their home opener, the Kansas City Chiefs were able to take care of business. While defeating the Ravens, Kansas City’s offense slowed down their opponent. They continued to strike with explosive plays. Furthermore, the Chiefs defense made Lamar Jackson look different than the first two weeks. He was inaccurate and under pressure. Now, let’s look back at this Chiefs and Ravens contest with our game recap.
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The Ravens were aggressive in their play calling. Constantly, Baltimore went for it on fourth down. There were times where that aggression paid off, and other times it put the Ravens in a standstill. We mentioned how inaccurate Jackson was in his passing. In a week where rumors were flying about possibly acquiring Jalen Ramsey, the Chiefs pass defense shined.
Tyrann Mathieu and Juan Thornhill are the thumpers the Chiefs needed at safety. Not only did they bat down some passes on Sunday, both were successful in pressuring the quarterback. The Ravens were lucky to complete a couple of wobbly passes late, to get back in it. However the pass defense has held their own more often, compared to the run defense. Additionally, Jackson has struggled more in two games against the Chiefs than any other opponent.
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For Kansas City, the offense was seemingly making everything work. You could see every single player was in the zone and was not going to be denied. They stepped up to the plate and answered the challenge of the Baltimore Ravens. The explosive plays came from a variety of play calls. We saw the Chiefs beat the Ravens by play design, or they were confusing them with fakes. Also, the effort on certain plays that looked broken turned out to be positive for Kansas City.
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Patrick Mahomes continues to develop well. His maturity is evident on the field. When wanting to hit on big plays for a score, Mahomes realizes more now to dump it off to the running back. We saw this occur a handful of times in this game with LeSean McCoy or Darrel Williams. The selling he executes on play action, as well as, the ability Mahomes has to be aware of that mental clock shows how far he’s come from last year. On the other hand, the fact that Mahomes is performing this well without his number one receiver, left tackle and an impact running back is impressive.
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Besides Patrick Mahomes, it was good to see everyone cash in on opportunities. Darrel Williams actually saw the most snaps among the running backs and sealed the game on a screen pass. Demarcus Robinson once again showed how undervalued he has been while in Kansas City so far. His one handed grab was the best catch of the day, and Robinson once again made difficult catches in tough spots. Mecole Hardman was also instrumental in turning positive plays into explosive plays. The depth Kansas City has at the skill positions is a luxury certain teams don’t get to enjoy.
Following the Chiefs win over the Ravens, they will head on the road again. It will be their first game against an NFC North opponent, as they head to the Motor City. This week’s foe, the Detroit Lions, have started the season strong. They will enter this week at 2-0-1, and Detroit also has back to back victories over playoff teams from last year.
That will conclude our recap from the Chiefs win over the Ravens. Be on the look out for more Chiefs content throughout this week. Stay tuned to Full Press Coverage for more great sports and NFL content.
– Braden Holecek is the Kansas City Chiefs managing editor for Full Press Coverage. He covers the NFL. Like and follow on Follow @ebearcat9//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Follow @FPC_Chiefs//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js and Facebook.