BALTIMORA – Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens stumbled once again against the Kansas City Chiefs, losing 34-20 on Monday Night Football in a game that ended their 14-game winning streak and left them without the cape.
When asked how the Ravens can overcome the obstacle of beating the Chiefs, Jackson intervened saying, “Our kryptonite”.
Jackson fell 0-3 against the Chiefs after passing 97 yards worst of his career. It’s 21-1 against the rest of the NFL in the regular season.
Reigning NFL MVP, Jackson completed 67% of his passes against the other 31 teams with a total QBR of 72.9. Against Kansas City, he linked 53% of his pitches with a 58.5 QBR.
According to ESPN Stats & Information research, the Chiefs kept Jackson out of the blitz game against 35% of his dropbacks, compared to 29% of all other teams.
“It looked the same from the Tennessee game [2019 divisional playoff] to be honest, that’s all, “Jackson said.
The Ravens (2-1) had been the hottest team in the NFL to enter on Monday. They hadn’t lost a regular season game in nearly a full calendar year (their previous defeat was September 29, 2019 to the Browns). Baltimore led at half-time in 11 consecutive games and had never fallen behind in the second half in 13 consecutive games.
But Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs scored touchdowns in four of their first five drives to jump to 27-10 in the second quarter. Baltimore finished with a 27-20 margin in the fourth quarter, but Kansas City responded with a 2-yard touchdown pass to face left Eric Fisher to seal the win.
“I’m looking forward to earning the right to try to face them again,” Calais Campbell said in defense of the Ravens. “I’m very confident if we had played the game we should have, we could be with those guys.”
Even though it’s week 3, this loss could have consequences for the Ravens in January. Baltimore’s chances of taking the No. 1 seed and home field advantage in the playoffs dropped to 35%, while Kansas City’s chances increased to 43%.
Now, the Ravens must ask themselves what it will take to beat the Chiefs if they meet them in the postseason.
“They beat us. They executed us. They planned us out of the game. They beat us,” said Ravens manager John Harbaugh. “This is the story tonight. Big picture stuff, all of that, I don’t know. They’re better, of course. They’re a better football team right now.”
The Ravens slipped out of first place in AFC North for the first time since week 15 of 2018, leading the Pittsburgh Steelers (3-0). This ended a 21-week streak of holding at least one leadership share in the division.