Pre-game: Storms in the area... I wonder how the wind and potential rain will impact the game. Perhaps we might actually see some kickoff returns? I'll be looking for several things tonight: How do Cory Williams and Jimmy Smith take advantage of the opportunity to be starting CBs tonight? How does Jah Reid handle the start at RT? How does O'Neil Cousins handle the move to RG? Can the offense put together sustained drives and can the recievers get open for some big plays, particularly Torrey Smith? I also want to see the running game with Ray Rice and Vonta Leech get going.
Kickoff: Interesting seeing all the former Ravens in Chiefs uniforms. Let's see if we get a few little scuffles between them. Defense on the field first. Guess what... touchback. Game on.
1Q 10:57 Chiefs 3 - 0 - Great opening series for the D. Jimmy Smith looks good going up against a huge reciever in Dwayne Bowe. Lardarius Webb needs to fair catch that punt. No excuse for fumbling the punt return and putting the D back on the field. No running room at all for Jamal Charles so far. Chiefs gave Le'Ron McClain a touch and he was promptly stuffed by his former teammates. Gotta love that! Great job by the D holding Chiefs to a FG after the fumble.
1Q 6:09 Chiefs 3-0 - Offense is moving the ball through the air. Lee Evans makes his first catch and Anquan Boldin with a few good catches. Not sure why Harbs had to challenge the incomplete pass... very obvious call.
1Q 5:55 Tied at 3 - Bad throw by Joe Flacco and then nifty footwork to avoid a sack and stay in FG range. Good work to get down the field and get points after being backed up inside the 20 to start. Also rests up the D. I feel like the review interrupted the flow of the offense. Disappointed that the refs didn't call the incomplete pass on the field.
1Q 4:10 Tied at 3 - Jimmy still playing well, but it looks like he still needs to learn to look for the ball in the NFL. In college, they are not throwing into his coverage right now, but NFL QBs will fit it in if you are not looking. On the other side, GREAT pass deflection by Cary Williams. Still no running room for Jamal Charles.
1Q 1:59 Tied at 3 - Good to see Ricky Williams out there. Not sure about the play call on 3rd and 2.
End 1Q Tied 3 - Great D again. Cary Williams should have had a Pick 6, Nice sack by Webb. Sergio Kindle almost blocked the punt. I've been happy with the Offense so far considering the bad field position thus far. D looks great. Special Teams fumble is the only reason the Chiefs have points.
2Q 13:51 Tied at 3 - Not a good series for Flacco. Good job throwing the ball away, but a few off target passes. Should have hit Anquan Boldin on 3rd and 10 for a conversion. He does seem to have good pocket awareness so far though.
2Q 11:03 Tied at 3 - Dink. Ryan Succup misfires from 46. Ravens D holds again. Let's see what the Offense can do with this good field position.
2Q 8:40 Tied at 3 - Torrey Smith looks like he still needs to work on route running. I didn't see much crispness to his routes. Nice throw and catch to convert a first down to Lee.
2Q 8:14 Tied at 3 - Great play by Art Jones and Pernell McPhee. Ravens are really getting pressure. Thought it was a fumble, but the tuck rule strikes again.
2Q 5:35 Tied at 3 - The D-Line looks really deep this year. I am liking the pressure. If they can keep this up, the D should be very good. Sergio Kindle almost blocked the punt again!
quick interjection - I LOVE VONTA LEECH. He just got a pancake on the pass catch!! LOVE IT!
2Q 3:10 Ravens 10-3 - There's the offense!! I think they should end the 1st teams night on that. Leech was huge on the drive. Nice block to spring Ray Rice for the TD. Lee Evans caught a perfect touch pass from Joe Flacco. I have no idea how Evans and Flacco are so in sync when nobody else seems to be in sync with Flacco. Great series for the offense. That's what I wanted to see tonight. Other than a few false starts, the O-line has looked better. Not perfect as Joe Flacco has had to dodge a few sacks, but they have been better. Lets see how the second teamers look now. I haven't noticed Jah Reid much, so I am assuming that he's been playing well. I really hope so. He's got to win that job away from Cousins. Also, I think Cousins has been better at RG than he was at LT last week.
2Q :16 Ravens 10-3 - Second team D is getting eaten alive by the draw play and Dexter McCluster. Tyler Palko looks pretty good too for KC.
End 2Q Tied at 10 - Cary Williams with some poor coverage to allow the TD. Bad finish to an otherwise good first half for both Williams and the D. Kudos: Lee Evans, Pernell McPhee, Vonta Leech, Ray Rice, Tyler Palko Demerits: Lardarius Webb, last series Cary Williams and LB core.
3Q 12:37 Tied at 10 - Not sure why the first team offense is back out there. Flacco looked out of sync again. Still a lot of work to be done with the recievers and Flacco.
3Q 7:02 Chiefs 13-10 - Bad punt sets KC up with good field position. That's his second poor punt. Odd form for Sam Koch. Decent work by the D to hold them to a FG. A few bad plays by the secondary and a bad holding call help the Chiefs down the field.
3Q 4:24 Chiefs 13-10 - Taylor missed a WIDE open Jonathan Stapur. Almost threw a pick on the next play. Not a good start for him. Jah Reid still looking good. Much better O-line play. Game is starting to get sloppy after a penalty negates a 70+ yard punt.
3Q 1:20 Chiefs 13-10 - Jason Phillips has looked pretty bad in pass defense. Might not make a deep line-backing core. Also not good tackling in open space. The other linebackers have looked pretty good. Prescott Burgess records a sideline sack and the Ravens are still getting good pressure.
End 3Q Chiefs 13-10 - Bad offensive series backed up against the endzone. Saved by a good Sam Koch punt and penalty on the Cheifs. The flags are flying in bunches now. D needs to force a 3 and out and then Tyrod Taylor needs to have a good series and lead a long drive.
4Q 13:08 Chiefs 13-10 - 2 Sacks, 3 and out, McPhee strikes again. I love this kid. Great find in the draft by Ozzie. Haruki Nakumora with a nice sack as well. Time for Taylor to step up and bring the team down the field.
4Q 11:39 Chiefs 13-10 - No dice. 3 and out with a sack. Very clear to me that the Ravens are going to need to look elsewhere for a backup QB. Taylor does not have the decision making to be a 2nd string QB.
4Q 9:03 Chiefs 13-10 - Good defensive series... Ricky Stanzi didn't look very good either. Ugly quarter of offensive ineptness so far. Time to show something Taylor.
4Q 7:16 Ravens 17-13 - David Reed drops the first ball, but Taylor goes right back to him twice for very nice plays. Jalen Parmele tops it off with a great TD run. Very nice rebound series for Tyrod Taylor and David Reed. First kickoff return for the Chiefs is covered well. No standouts, but good coverage.
4Q 5:33 Ravens 17-13 - Nice sack by Brian Hall and good pass defense by Danny Gorrer. Nice seeing these young guys keep up the defensive intensity.
4Q 2:08 Ravens 24-13 - Beautiful catch by David Reed. Very nice throw from Taylor, put it in a good place that Reed could go and get it. Reed displayed some nice body control. Anthony Allen followed that up with several great runs. Taylor then jukes the pants off of Justin Houston and makes a very athletic dive into the endzone. Taylor and Reed look to have a nice rythym much like Flacco and Evans did. Also of note: Ramon Harewood looks good. I would like to see him get some second team reps next week. He'll be interesting to watch in game 4. I think he will get a lot of reps that game.
End game Ravens 31-13 - I like the call to keep playing. Nice catch by LaQuan Williams. Not a perfect throw by Hunter Cantwell, but found the completion. Anthony Allen punches it in. Well earned TD. Ravens have some depth at RB. I like Jalen Parmele and Anthony Allen as some solid running back depth. Even the second string kicker that has no chance of making the team puts in a touchback. Does that not make this rule change ridiculous? Kudos: David Reed, 4th quarter Tyrod Taylor, Anthony Allen, Jalen Parmele, Ramon Harewood, Pernell McPhee Demerits: 3rd quarter Tyrod Taylor, Jason Phillips, Refs for all of the indecision when making calls.