3 questions facing Ravens in battle with the Chiefs
What type of game favors the Baltimore Ravens?
The last time the Ravens played the Kansas City Chiefs, it was a 31-28 affair. The high scoring game stretched the new Lamar Jackson led offense to it’s limit. Last year the formula was to control the clock and to limit the Chiefs chances on offense. The Chiefs still put up 28 points in regulation and the winning field goal in overtime. Should the Ravens go into this game with a similar strategy? If the Ravens have to, can they win a barn burner in Arrowhead Stadium?
The Ravens have won two completely different ways early into the 2019 season. They had no problem running the ball against the Miami Dolphins, however it was their passing attack that built the 59-10 score. Jackson scored five touchdowns in the opener. The Cardinals made Jackson be a dual threat quarterback. The Ravens needed production out of the run game and when it wasn’t there, Jackson got it himself.
The Ravens are quite capable on offense. Whether they try to eat the clock like a hungry wolf or not, the bottom line is they need touchdowns to win this game.
Controlling the clock is great when you score touchdowns. If the Ravens settle for field goals or fall short of points all together, it limits their own chances offensively. The Ravens need to merge their ball control philosophy with an aggressive mentality. There is no way to win this game without big plays from the offense. They should control the clock to a point but conservative football isn’t winning this game. Greg Roman should constantly be looking for the chance to have Jackson take a shot down the field.