BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The Ravens game with Kansas City in Baltimore Monday night comes with the build-up as one of the biggest regular-season games in the team’s history.
It’s only week three of the season, but the stakes are clear when two Super Bowl contenders clash: in fact, some are calling the match-up the “September Super Bowl.”
It’s a big stage that some Ravens will step onto for the first time — prime time for the rookies. Will they be star-struck? Not likely.
But even for the veterans, it’s a significant game with great attention — all the football world watching.
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Orlando Brown Jr. will be working alongside rookie lineman Tyree Phillips. In year three, Brown is the veteran in that combo.
The Ravens offensive line will work to clear a path for the running backs who no doubt will be key to a Ravens win Monday — grind out yards on the ground against a KC defense that’s susceptible to the run. Then, mix in Lamar Jackson’s pass attack, avoid turnovers and that’s the likely recipe for success for the Ravens in their next shot to knock off the Chiefs.
Former Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith said the key to the team’s victory Monday night will be all about Lamar Jackson.
“Forty-three: that is the number of passing attempts that Jackson attempted in the Ravens’ loss last year in Kansas City,” he said. The Ravens lost three games last year; in those three losses, Lamar had 34 or more attempts per game. When the Ravens are dominant, Lamar Jackson’s attempts are less than 34 passes.”
“The recipe is simple,” he continued. “Stay committed to the run game and control the clock. That will allow Lamar Jackson and the Ravens offense to operate more efficiently.”