Can the Ravens win the AFC North?
We don’t have to wait until April (Game of Thrones) because Winter has reared its head entering week 14. The Baltimore Ravens are heading into Kansas City against the number 1 scoring offense in all of football. I don’t have to tell any of you how dangerous this Chiefs offense can be when they are firing on all cylinders. However, with the Chiefs releasing their leading scorer (Kareem Hunt) and the Ravens coming into town with a new look offense and revitalized defense, the Ravens have a chance to steal the North title from the Steelers. Pittsburgh’s next meaningful games are against the Patriots and the Saints and have shown this season that they cannot be trusted to win these clutch games, especially against New England.
With Lamar Jackson at the helm, the Ravens are riding into Kansas City on a three game winning streak and leading the league in rushing yards since his first start against the Bengals. The defense, because of the dominance in time of possession, has been reborn; collecting 3 non-offensive touchdowns and 2 takeaways that have led to touchdowns. Even if Flacco, is healthy this week, it would be foolish to start or even play him in gimmick plays in this game. This Ravens offense, while not lighting the scoreboard up, is controlling the ball and scoring points when it matters. The defense is going to face its toughest test of the season and to prove if they can hold up down the stretch.
Patrick Mahomes is the defacto MVP front runner this year and has already thrown for 41 touchdowns and will eclipse 4,000 yards in this game on Sunday. The Ravens have struggled against the pass this season but their pass rush has picked up since the Raiders win, so Wink Martinadale will have to dial up some unique blitzes with cornerbacks and safeties to keep Mahomes guessing. What can’t be understated is the loss of Kareem Hunt and what he does rushing the football and catching the ball out of the backfield. The Chiefs may have to utilize Tyreek Hill out the backfield a little bit more to compensate for losing Hunt. However, The Ravens rank 3rd in rushing defense, so The Chiefs may just stick to the air for trying to beat the Ravens.
No one expects the Ravens to beat the Chiefs, many have already penned this game as a loss and are just looking towards the Bucs, Chargers and Browns but I think otherwise. While he isn’t throwing the ball all over the field, Lamar has commanded this offense to three wins and dominating football over the last three weeks. We know that Patrick Mahomes is the future of the NFL but Lamar has an opportunity, on Sunday, to show Baltimore and the rest of the NFL that they need be look out for him because he’s coming and could shock the NFL world on Sunday.
About The Author
Born and raised in Baltimore, graduate of Woodlawn High school and graduate of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Avid Orioles and Ravens fan since day 1 and just all around sports junkie. I’ve been writing articles for 2 years now and I also host my podcast “Live from the hammock” on Facebook and Youtube during the NFL season. Follow me for all things Ravens and Orioles and my articles on Instagram (agent_beige) and Twitter (@miwelsthegreat).