Overall, the Baltimore Ravens offensive line has been above average. They have maintained pretty good health in terms of missed starts, and even when they do, they have talented depth to hold things down. However, now that we are in the AFC Championship and the lights are magnified on every team and their potential weaknesses, there is a chance to think that the Ravens offensive line will have issues with the Chiefs.
Is the Baltimore Ravens offensive line the biggest cause for concern against Kansas City Chiefs
First, they have been banged up at tackle more than guard. It has led to the Ravens platooning their tackles after the week 13 bye week. Ronnie Stanley and Morgan Moses looked great in the Divisional Round, but it will be interesting to see if the platoon continues as they get deeper into the playoffs.
For the right side, Daniel Faalele is an issue when he comes in, and that experiment may end soon. However, Ronnie Stanley has been better ever since the platoon has allowed him to rest here and there. Will that become an issue, or will Stanley end up being the weakness that he was at times this year?
Along the interior, John Simpson took far too many penalties and did so again against the Houston Texans. Kevin Zeitler has been excellent but missed the last two weeks of the season with an injury and looked rusty, allowing a sack to the Texans.
When you look at the Chiefs defense, they win up front. Chris Jones is their best player, and he lines up all over the line. George Karlaftis is next and will mainly face off with Stanley. Charles Omenihu came into the mix off of the suspension; he is a bit fresher than others.
Mike Danna, Mike Pennel, and Tershawn Wharton also mix into the line and give them the strength of the unit. The winner of this matchup may end up deciding who wins when the Ravens host the Chiefs in the AFC Championship.