3 questions facing Ravens in battle with the Chiefs
2. Can the Ravens win this game without Mark Andrews:
Mark Andrews leads all tight ends in receiving yards through two weeks. He has 16 receptions for 220 yards and two scores. There’s no doubting that Andrews is one of the core ingredients to the Ravens’ offense. There is some question of whether he will play in this game. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Andrews foot injury could make him a game time decision. The Ravens could have to go into this game without their most consistently impressive weapon. That’s not good news.
Baltimore does have a well equipped tight end position. Hayden Hurst was a first round pick for this team. This could be a great chance for Hurst to step out of the shadow cast by Andrews. Hurst has played well this season and he is kind of the forgotten weapon in Baltimore. Hurst has four grabs for 42 yards this season. Nick Boyle has about the same production with four receptions and 40 yards. Baltimore can do the same type of things with their tight ends yet they will be without an elite play-maker.
It’s important to note that this is a week 3 game and not a playoff battle. The Ravens can lose this game and still have a great season. If Andrews has a chance of making this injury a lengthy nagging one, he may be best on the sideline for this one. Andrews is a big part of the offense. The Ravens can run the same plays without Andrews but it won’t be the same. You have to wonder if Andrews being out translates to a couple of third down opportunities the Ravens don’t capitalize on. Andrews is the go to weapon of Jackson and the Ravens’ leader in receptions. This could be a major turning point before the game even begins. Will he play or will he wait until week 4?