When the Baltimore Ravens square off with the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship it will come down to every minute matchup and play. The smallest of margins will decide who will win this game. With that in mind, it is huge to note that the Ravens are going to come in with an injury advantage.
Baltimore Ravens are much healthier than the Kansas City Chiefs
The Ravens are listing Del’Shawn Phillips as doubtful, but he is mainly a special teams player. Marlon Humphrey is questionable, but he has practiced recently, and he is expected to play, barring any setback in the final hours before the game. Tylan Wallace is the only other player with any designation.
That means players like Kevin Zeitler, Mark Andrews, and Zay Flowers, who have been working back from injuries, are completely healthy with no signs of set backs right now. The team has depth at all positions, and they are ready to go.
Meanwhile, the Chiefs are limping in a bit. Joe Thuney, their starting left guard, is out, which is major. The Chiefs’ offensive line is one of the strengths, especially the interior combination of Thuney, Creed Humphrey, and Trey Smith. Going from Thuney to Nick Allegretti is a big drop.
The team will also be without Skyy Moore and Derrick Nnadi, two contributors this season.
Lastly, they have Isaiah Pachecho, Wilie Gay, and Kadarius Toney as questionable. Pachecho is major because he is their top running back. He practiced on Friday and should play, but he is obviously not 100% and missed practice through the week until Friday. Willie Gay has a neck injury and will be a game-time decision. This is huge because the Ravens' rushing attack is their top strength, and the Chiefs' run defense is their weakness. Taking away a run-defending linebacker is not ideal.
This is the best the Ravens have looked all year, but that is not the case for the Kansas City Chiefs. Does that give the Ravens an even bigger edge in the AFC Championship?