2021 Baltimore Ravens schedule: Which games deserve to be in primetime?
4. Kansas City Chiefs
Despite their unexpectedly brutal loss in Super Bowl LV to Tampa Bay, the Kansas City Chiefs are still considered the class of the entire AFC. Ironically, the Ravens front office may have played a hand in this. The Chiefs managed to patch up their weakest area, their offensive line, by trading for Baltimore’s right tackle Orlando Brown Jr. Of course, we’ll have to wait until the two meet on the field to see how well this trade worked out for the Ravens.
Last September, the Chiefs sent Baltimore to a 34-20 loss that wasn’t nearly as close as that score would make it appear. It was the first sign that the 2020 Baltimore Ravens wouldn’t have quite as easy a ride through the regular season as the 2019 team. Worse, this loss did not come in the roaring cauldron of Arrowhead Stadium, but in the comforts of home, in front of an audience of cardboard cutouts.
The Kansas City Chiefs are the measuring stick for every team in the AFC. A win over the two-time defending conference champions would be a huge step on the Ravens’ road to the Super Bowl.
This year’s matchup will also take place in Baltimore, hopefully in front of a full house of Ravens fans. Last year’s game was on ESPN’s Monday Night Football, so it stands to reason that the 2021 matchup will receive similar treatment from one of the NFL’s primetime partners.