Week 3 of Monday Night Football will see the Kansas City Chiefs take on the Baltimore Ravens.
The Chiefs have won the last three games against the Ravens, according to Sports Illustrated. Kansas City has the upper hand in the series, going 6-3 in regular season meetings against the Ravens. Baltimore head coach John Harbaugh is 3-3 when facing the Chiefs.
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How We Got Here
Both teams enter the game undefeated (2-0). The Ravens opened the season with a 38-6 win against the Cleveland Browns before traveling to Houston to take on the Texans. Once again they surpassed 30 points, going on to win 33-16. Their average margin of victory is 24.5 points.
The Chiefs have kept games much closer, only winning by an average of 10.5 points. They faced the Texans in Week 1 and had to take it to overtime against the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 2.
Baltimore Keys to Victory
Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes has played a key role in each of the Chiefs’ past two victories over the Ravens. Last year, he threw for 374 yards and three touchdowns to help the Chiefs squeak past Baltimore, and he hasn’t slowed down in 2020. ESPN gives him a QBR of 85.8, which ranks third in the league.
Getting the ball to Marquise Brown will be the key to a Ravens’ victory tonight. The wide receiver has amassed 143 yards so far this season and is averaging 14.3 yards per catch.
Kansas City Keys to Victory
Mahomes may have been the 2020 Super Bowl MVP, but Baltimore quarterback Lamar Jackson took home the league’s version of the award last season. He rushed for 1,206 yards in 2019 and is just shy of 100 yards this season. The Chiefs will have to account for his feet in tonight’s game.
Stop the Run
Jackson isn’t the only one the Chiefs have to worry about on the ground. The Ravens’ running back trio of Mark Ingram, Gus Edwards, and J.K. Dobbins could spell trouble for Kansas City.
Last week, Baltimore’s ability to run the ball enabled them to overcome a 26-3 deficit and bring home a win. The Ravens finished the game with 230 yards and one touchdowns on 37 carries.
What They’re Saying
Kansas City head coach Andy Reid acknowledges the threat Lamar Jackson poses. They’ve been preparing for him all week, he recently said.
Despite being expected to play a large role in the game, Ravens’ head coach John Harbaugh says Jackson feels no added pressure.
Where to Watch
Tonight’s game will be aired on ESPN. Kickoff is set for 8:15 P.M.