Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 10/3/12

The Baltimore Ravens bring their 3-1 record to Kansas City to take on the 1-3 Chiefs on Sunday at Noon.

The Ravens are coming off a 10-day rest after playing the New England Patriots and Cleveland Browns in a span of four days.

Both games the Ravens won at home.

Now well rested, quarterback Joe Flacco, and his high-flying birds prepare to take on a down trodden Chiefs team.

Flacco has been playing the best football of his young career.

He is making quick decisions and his deep passing skills are the best in the league.

It used to be defense only in Baltimore.

Linebacker and future Hall-of-Famer Ray Lewis has been showing his age. Safety Ed Reed, also heading to the Hall, while still tough, hasn’t been as quick this season either.

However, Flacco and running back Ray Rice are giving these guys enough points that they should have little problem winning the AFC North. Flacco was a dropped pass away from playing in the Super Bowl last year. The team really wants to get veterans, Lewis and Reed a return trip.

The Chiefs are reeling. This team has not had a lead in regulation, in any game this year. Just think about that stat for a moment.

The lone win came in overtime after trailing the entire game to the New Orleans Saints. The Chiefs also had six turnovers last week against the Chargers. This team is bad.

Bold Prediction No. 1 – Baltimore Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta did not record a catch last week against the Cleveland Browns. This week he will catch a touchdown and have several grabs.

Kansas City safety Eric Berry has shown difficulty slowing down players at the position. The Chiefs double teamed Chargers tight end, Antonio Gates last week, but they won’t double Pitta. Therefore expect him to have a great day abusing this defense.

Bold Predictions No. 2 – Kansas City Chiefs backup quarterback Brady Quinn will make his regular season debut this week. Quinn may play as a result of starter Matt Cassel being ineffective. Quinn may play as a result of Cassel getting injured.

Regardless Brady Quinn will see some game time this week. Cassel’s confidence is shot. He has no pocket presence, he can’t hit Dwayne Bowe wide open on deep passes, and he is slow to release the football.

The Kansas City offensive line has not played great this year, but at some point, the quarterback has to make plays. The Chiefs cannot give the ball to running back Jamaal Charles 32 times a game or he will be dead by Week 7.

Bold Prediction No. 3 – The Ravens' defense is giving up a lot of yards, and is not applying that scary pressure they have in the past. However they are still opportunistic. The Chiefs have been loose with the football, and the opportunity for a defensive score certainly looks probable.

This game could actually be close for a little while. The Ravens are a more talented team and see the Chiefs as inferior competition.

There could be a little “play down to their level” action going on early in this game. However a Chiefs turnover will cause the momentum to change, and the Ravens will go ahead dismantle Kansas City in the second half.

Ravens roll Chiefs, as Kansas City falls to 0-3 at home.

 

 

 



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