Facts: Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson has a 31-8 career mark during the regular season, but is 0-3 vs. KC, including last year’s 34-20 defeat in Week 3 as a 3-point favorite.
For the Chiefs, last week’s 33-29 win at home against Cleveland was the ninth time since their 2019 Super season that they rallied from a double-digit deficit to win. KC had trailed 22-10 midway in the third quarter.
Jackson, who all year will be without his three most productive running backs from last season (J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards, knees; bulldozing Mark Ingram, released) was the Ravens’ leading rusher in a game last week for the ninth time the past two seasons with 86 yards. No other QB in the league has done so as much.
With standout strong safety Tyrann Matthieu out last week (he’ll be good to go Sunday night), KC gave up 10.1 yards a throw by the Browns’ Baker Mayfield. During KC’s AFC title seasons, the past two years an enemy QB reached 10 yards a throw two times.
Jackson was the only player in the league with three fumbles last week. His turnover late in OT at Vegas led to the Raiders’ winning score.
Analysis: It’s early, but easygoing Baltimore coach John Harbaugh surely will see that the needle on the team’s desperation meter is elevated considering an 0-2 start could cause big trouble in the rugged AFC North.
To the Ravens’ benefit, they have just had a little more time to integrate their new RB acquisitions, Devonta Freeman being activated this week to join productive Latavius Murray, a recent cut by New Orleans for refusing to take a pay cut.
Thus, the Ravens should be able to torment KC’s defense on the ground — provided Jackson quits being butterfingered — and limit the possessions for QB Patrick Mahomes and KC.
Game Forecast: Ravens 26, Chiefs 24