Baltimore has a rookie quarterback at the helm with a flawed passing motion leading to inaccuracy. Their young passer shows many of the pitfalls a rookie and his team should expect to suffer through.
And boy, does he have his team rolling.
Baltimore’s Lamar Jackson, the fifth rookie quarterback to debut in 2018, has energized the Ravens. His speed and mobility are working well in tandem with rookie running back, Gus Edwards, who also debuted with Jackson.
The team has rushed for over 200 yards in three consecutive games for the first time in their history. Jackson has a way to go before he’ll be called a good passer. He can be expected to mix in some darts with dreadful overthrows right now.
The Ravens’ top-ranked defense is anxious to face Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs’ dynamic offense. Playing keep-away on offense allows the defense to go at full speed every second they are on the field.
Kansas City’s defense won’t slow the Ravens runners down much, which makes for an interesting dynamic. If Baltimore keeps the Chiefs defense on the field for long stretches, will Kansas City have to dial down their own offense to help their defense?
75-yard touchdown passes on the first play takes less time than a three-and-out. How will dialing things back affect Mahomes and his rapid-fire mentality?
Injuries and notes:
Alex Collins (foot) was placed on injured reserve this week. Gus Edwards is listed as questionable with an ankle sprain but is expected to play Sunday.
Joe Flacco (hip) is increasing his practice time, but his starting position is not likely to be available when he returns, especially if Jackson pulls off the upset in Kansas City.
Offensive linemen Alex Lewis and James Hurst are listed as questionable but expected to play.
Wide receiver Sammy Watkins practiced Wednesday and could make it onto the field Sunday for the Chiefs.
Two long-time veterans face off with young and exciting new quarterbacks. Andy Reid bet that Mahomes would be up to the challenge of leading the Chiefs this season, and traded Alex Smith to Washington where he could still be a starter. Reid handled the Kareem Hunt distraction well, although the team almost got tripped up by the Raiders last week.
John Harbaugh might save his job by leading the Ravens to the playoffs with his rookie passer and runner. It would show his new boss he can manage a young team, which was the rationale for replacing Harbaugh when Jackson took over next season. The Ravens coach is making the best of Jackson’s strengths, maximizing not just his quarterback, but the whole offense.
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Who will win the Chiefs-Ravens game?
Baltimore does not have the most explosive offense in the league, but they have shown an ability to keep the chains moving and control the clock. The number one defense will take on the Chiefs’ potent offense, relying on Lamar Jackson and Gus Edwards to give them plenty of rest between appearances.
With Kansas City’s porous defense, there is no reason to think they can’t pull it off.