General gameday info
Stadium: M&T Bank Stadium
Game Time: 8:20PM EST
Weather: Clear, 73 degrees
Overview on both teams
The Ravens come into this game coming off of a tough loss from the Raiders. The team started off well but with offensive line struggles and it became very evident that you can contain Darren Waller for a little bit but you can’t contain him all game. Baltimore eventually lost in a heartbreaker with the final play being a Derek Carr to Zay Jones touchdown pass.
Banged Up Ravens
The Ravens also come into this game with a very injured team. They lost their top two running backs J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards to torn ACL injuries as well as cornerback Marcus Peters to an ACL tear. The Ravens also lost Justice Hill who plays running back but mostly played special teams because his speed to a torn Achilles injury. They have also lost linebacker L.J. Fort to a torn ACL, leaving young linebackers Patrick Queen and Malik Harrison to be the top two guys at their position for the team. Chris Westry was lost to a torn meniscus so he’s expected to miss at least a month. After coming back from a season ending injury last season, star offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley doesn’t look like he’s quite at 100% yet after not looking like himself in the Ravens matchup against the Raiders.
These injuries have been huge problems for the Ravens making them sign players to their practice squad just so they can have enough to get them through games.
For some positive notes, the running backs look like they played pretty well on Monday night. Ty’Son Williams and Latavius Murray were getting the carries and they look like they handled that pretty well. The wide receivers also played well on Monday night which is good to see keeping in mind the Ravens have had their fair share of struggles at that position. The Ravens this week look to build off of the positives from last week and shock the world and get a win against the Chiefs.
The Chiefs come into this game coming off of a good win against the Browns in a very close game. From what I’ve seen, the Chiefs have not had many injury problems so that’s definitely an advantage over Baltimore. Patrick Mahomes played as expected, throwing three touchdown passes with 337 yards and 27/36 passing. So overall, a pretty good showing from him on week one. Tyreek Hill also played well, getting 11 receptions with 197 yards and one touchdown. The Chiefs did as expected last week and got a win and they will look to carry that momentum into week two traveling to Baltimore.
Matchups to watch for
Marlon Humphrey vs. Tyreek Hill is going to be the matchup that everyone will be watching. A top five wide receiver against a top five cornerback. That will be one of the most exciting things to watch about tonight’s game.
Chuck Clark against Travis Kelce is going to be a matchup to watch. Most people will expect for Kelce to dominate this matchup because Clark isn’t very well known. However, Clark can be great in coverage when he wants to be. He’s one of the smartest players in football, one of the leaders of the Ravens defense and will be trusted to contain Kelce.
Mark Andrews against Tyrann Mathieu will be a matchup that will be like Kelce and Clark. Obviously Mathieu is better than Clark but this matchup should still be great. With Mathieu likely being on Andrews the whole game, hopefully this opens up opportunities for the likes of Marquise Brown and Sammy Watkins to get some receptions and get the passing game rolling.