The Ravens simply haven’t looked good on offense lately. Yes, Ray Rice had that great game against the Saints, but in the last six weeks Baltimore’s offense has slumped from No. 12 to No. 22 overall and managed just 199 yards in a close win over Cincinnati, the second-fewest yards in 53 games under coach John Harbaugh.
You can bet that Rice (107.3 yards average rushing over last three games) will be the featured performer, which means that Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson and defensive end Glenn Dorsey must have solid games and fight through the blocks. Baltimore is 6-1 when Rice gets at least 20 carries.
The Chiefs just allowed the Raiders 209 rushing yards and they didn’t have Darren McFadden. If Rice doesn’t produce, the Ravens will turn to Joe Flacco, who passed for over 300 yards against the Chiefs last season.
Flacco does have three receivers with over 600 career receptions, but he’s been off target with Anquan Boldin lately. Boldin has only five catches for 26 yards in his last three starts. However, the Chiefs are vulnerable at cornerback and it makes sense to throw as long as the Ravens can control pass rusher Tamba Hali.