Smash, steal, score: Keys to Baltimore Ravens win over Kansas City Chiefs
The Ravens are not going to shut out the Chiefs offense. Andy Reid is too clever of a play designer, Mahomes and company are too talented and the rules are too offense-centered to ever expect that. The Chiefs will score touchdowns. As in, multiple touchdowns. Understand that going into this.
They can run the ball. They can move the chains with weapons like tight end Travis Kelce. And they can explode for touchdowns from any part of the field. Ed Reed and Ray Lewis ain’t walking through that door, so understand that the Chiefs are dangerous.
Steal some possessions. Grab an interception. Cause and recover a fumble. Get a sack on third-and-five. Do something to cause the Chiefs to get a big zero on a few possessions, and that could be the difference between a win and a loss. The big play can hurt a defense, but it’s imperative to understand and respect that the Chiefs will most likely generate one or two or three throughout the game — even if the Ravens defense plays well.
But stealing a possession will be key. Especially if the Ravens offense can be efficient on their end. Which brings us up to the third key of the game.