Sunday afternoon in Arrow Head stadium was a great one, if your definition of great is a low scoring and high turnover affair. In a game which featured more turnovers than it did scores, Baltimore scrapped out a win and stands atop the AFC North alone with a 4-1 record after a 9-6 victory over the Chiefs. But hey, there’s no category for style points, just wins and losses, and the Ravens added another notch in the win column Sunday.
What the Ravens did to secure a Victory
The Ravens defense looked well rested after coming off an extended week and the numbers sure showed that. Baltimore held the Chiefs to 338 total yards, 4 turnovers, and only 6 points. Baltimore forced Matt Cassel into throwing 2 picks and losing a fumble. Even though the Ravens didn’t record a sack, they played stout defense and were able to force turnovers.
Ray Rice looked sharp on Sunday and he needed to in what was Joe Flacco’s worst performance of the year. Flacco was only 13 of 27 for 187 yards and one interception. Rice picked up the slack and ran the ball 17 times en route to his second 100 yard rushing game of the year. Rice collected 102 rushing yards at an average of 6 yards per carry. Although he was unable to hit pay dirt, Rice’s rushing attack got the Ravens in position to put three field goals on the board, and on Sunday that was good enough to get the win.
The Baltimore special teams, aside from the fumble on the kickoff return to start the second half, looked very sharp. Kicker Justin Tucker was a perfect 3 for 3 and accounted for all of Baltimore’s points. Punter Sam Koch had 5 punts that averaged 46.4 yards and two of those punts were trapped inside the 20. In a game of field goals, the Ravens special teams sure did their job to aid in the win.
The key match-up in this contest was Jamaal Charles vs the Ravens rush defense. In a game which wasn’t pretty, this match-up kept you interested in the game. After the Ravens D let Jamaal Charles run all over them in the first half en route to 125 yards, they tightened up and held Charles to only 15 second half yards to help secure a victory. The first half goes to Jamaal Charles but the Ravens D gets the victory in the second half and also in the game.
Next Sunday has the Ravens coming back home to their own confines of M&T Bank Stadium in a battle against the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys had a bye week this past Sunday and sure needed the extra time off after Romo’s 5 interception loss to the Chicago Bears last week. Stayed tuned for the Ravens – Cowboys preview later in the week.