Ravens: Top 4 takeaways from Week 2 win vs. the Chiefs

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3. The Ravens made important defensive adjustments

It is well documented that the Ravens have struggled to contain the Kansas City Chiefs offense in the past.

In the past matchups, they stuck to their strengths by relying on heavy-blitz schemes and press-man coverage. However, that strategy failed against the Chiefs.

Patrick Mahomes shredded the Ravens’ defense when they sent extra men after him.

This time, Wink Martindale did a great job of switching up the game plan. Last night, the Ravens played a lot of soft zones to keep everything in front of them.

To a certain extent, the strategy worked. Although they gave up a few big plays, they forced Kansas City into long drives instead of quick consecutive scores.

They did struggle to contain Travis Kelce, but they basically took Tyreek Hill out of the game. The Chiefs tried a variety of ways to get him open but Baltimore always made sure there were bodies around him. Hill finished the game with three catches for 14 yards.

The Ravens defense also forced two turnovers and held the Chiefs to 1-of-6 on third down. As undermanned as they are, this team did a great job of getting off the field when they needed to.

Huge shootout to Wink Martindale and his defense.