By Javier Ascoli
Probably the most expected game of the NFL Regular Season happened. Monday Night Football, Week 3, Undefeated Baltimore Ravens vs Undefeated Kansas City Chiefs, M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland. Regular Season MVP, Lamar Jackson vs Super Bowl LIV MVP, Patrick Mahomes.
Ravens 20 – 34 Chiefs
The defending Super Bowl Champs, the Kansas City Chiefs once again defeated the Ravens for the third time in a row and ended their 14-0 regular-season winning streak.
Quarterbacks and Running Backs:
Patrick Mahomes outplays Lamar to lead the Chiefs to their third win of the season. It was not only that Mahomes threw 350+ yards and four touchdowns against one of the most electrifying defenses of the NFL, but the way also he did it was amazing. He put a show for every single NFL fan. Throwing passes under the shoulder, fake jump pass inside the pocket, juked into defenders and threw dimes to his receivers. He was not sacked nor intercepted. Mahomes had amazing stats on this MNF Game. He went 31 out of 42 pass attempts, for 385 yards, four passing touchdowns. He rushed for 26 yards in four rushing attempts and scored a rushing touchdown. Rookie RB from LSU, Clyde Edwards-Helaire started slow, but got his rhythm over the game, and ran for good yardage. Ravens’ DE Calais Campbell said after the game “You’ve got to take your hat off to Patrick Mahomes”, “He made big-time throws when he needed to and found a way to win the ballgame.”
Lamar Jackson did not have the best game of his career. He completed 15 out of 28 passes for 97 yards and one touchdown. Jackson rushed for 83 yards. The Ravens’ offense looked a bit weak and was not as dangerous as they normally are. His receivers were well covered and missed a couple of good passes from Lamar. Also, their running backs were not able to run well. It is not clear who is their guy in the backfield. Last week, Ingram had more snaps, yesterday, the Rookie J.K. Dobbins was the guy with more snaps. Lamar after the game said that the Chiefs "are our kryptonite."
Starting Offensive Guard Andrew Wylie was not on the team injury list, but surprisingly a few hours before the kickoff felt sick, was taken to the hospital, it was believed that Wylie has appendicitis. Undrafted Rookie Yasir Durant started instead. The Chiefs O-Line was a huge factor that helped Patrick Mahomes succeed yesterday. They were good, they did not allow any sack on Mahomes.
The Ravens Offensive Line was not good at all, they allowed four sacks on Lamar Jackson. Plus, they made a couple of flags, which was a factor that messed up with Baltimore’s offensive production.
Wide Receivers and Tight Ends:
KC three main receivers, each of them had 60+ receiving yards. Second-year, Mecole Hardman had four receptions for 81 yards and one touchdown. Tyreek Hill had five receptions for 77 yards and one touchdown. Veteran Sammy Watkins has seven receptions for 62 yards. Kelce as always was making important plays, this time he did not score a touchdown, but was KC leader in yards (87).
Baltimore, as I said before did not have good offensive production. Lamar just had 97 passing yards. Their wide receivers had a very poor game. Its leader was Hollywood Brown with two catches for 13 yards. Myles Boykin with only one 8-yard catch. And Devin Duvernay had two catches for 7 yards but had a kick return touchdown. Mark Andrews did not have the best game of his life, he had just three catches for 22 yards and a fumble. Nick Boyle had just one catch but ended up in a touchdown.
KC defense was good, they put pressure on Lamar Jackson all over the game. They had four sacks, a couple of fumbles, and one recovered.
Baltimore defense could not handle Pat Mahomes, he made on them any kind of plays. Penalties also was a factor that did not help the Ravens’ defense. They had a fumble recovery on RB Darwin Thompson.
At the beginning of the game, Harrison Butker missed a Field Goal and an Extra Point. Was it the wind? Hardman was not bad, but not good returning kickoffs and punts. Tommy Townsend, the punter, just made one 58-yard punt in the game.
Baltimore had an amazing game from their special teamers. Justin Tucker was 2/2 in FG, and 2/2 in XP. Punter Sam Koch had three punts, averaging 49 yards on each. Finally, Devin Duvernay, the special teamer of the game. He had two kick returns for 119 yards, and the first kick return touchdown of the season from any team in the league.
Overall, it was a Pat Mahomes and company show, everyone expected a better game, but it was good.