Ravens 36, Chiefs 35 : Week 2 – Recap & Grades : Offense – Lamar Jackson rushes for 107 yards on 17 carries, for an average of 6.7 yards per carry & 2 TD’s, also passes for 239 & a TD, while throwing 2 crucial picks. Ty’Son Williams rushes 13 times for 77 yards, an a average of 5.9 yards per carry & Marquis Brown hauls in 6 receptions for 113 yards & a TD as the offense was moving the chains all night. The Offense line played much better than a week ago, even w/ Alejandro Villanueva playing LT instead of Ronnie Stanley & Patrick Mekari holding down the RT position. They rush for 251 yards as a team, while finally staying their nemesis. They also seal the game on a crucial 4th down w/ under a minute left on a 2-yard run by Jackson.
Grade : A
Defense – This unit performed better than anyone could have expected as CB Anthony Averett holds WR Tyreek Hill to 3 catches for 14 yards & they make some huge plays late in the game to seal it. They allow 405 total yards, including 343 to QB Patrick Mahomes & yards rushing as a team 18 rushes, for an average of 3.4 yards per carry. They register 1 sack & 2 interceptions, including a huge pick by Tavon Young on a silly pass by Mahomes in the 4th. Rookie LB Odafe Oweh, who beats former Raven Orlando Brown Jr. & makes a huge play force a fumble by RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire & seal the win after the Ravens recover. DT Brandon Williams & SS Deshon Elliot left the game in the 2nd half & didn’t return but this group still found a way to make enough plays to win.
Grade : B+
Special Teams – This is once again the strong point of this team, as they continue to just play sound. Justin Tucker hits on his only kick from 43 yards, Sam Koch punts it away 2 tims for 95 yards, an average of 47.5 yards per punt. Devin Duvernay returns 1 kick for 16 yards & the kick coverage is solid all night despite allowing 5 returns for 83 yards, as 4 different players carry the ball for Kansas City on special teams, including a 13 yard punt return by WR Mecole Hardman. This group still has some new birds getting used to their role but they have fared well so far.
Grade : A
Coaching – The entire coaching staff had a game plan & excuted it perfectly, they played to this team’s strength & they all seemed to be on the same page. You could definitely see the sense of urgency by the entire the coaching staff, who knew what was on the line in this game.
Everyone felt what was at stake & responded in the moment when needed. Going for it on 4th & 1 from their own 40 was a gutsy call in itself & showed the whole world on national television that this team was going for the win & not another heartbreaking loss to a team that had owned them & was at full strength while this team was missing some key parts was huge. Everyone seemed to buy into what this team was doing & they all got in sync which led to an unbelievable win @ home in front of the raucous Flock.
Grade : A
Overall Grade : A-