We've already graded the Ravens offense after the 34-14 loss to the Chiefs. Now it's time to grade the defense, which played better than the final score indicates considering the Chiefs defense scored two touchdowns. (And there's not enough red ink to sufficiently critique the Ravens peanut-butter-and-jelly disaster of a uniform ... )
DEFENSIVE LINE: B
Other than the 38-yard touchdown run by Charcandrick West, the Ravens run defense was stout. The Chiefs totaled 113 yards rushing, but minus that long TD and they ran 27 times for just 75 yards, less than 3 yards a carry. Brandon Williams was again a force inside, finishing with four tackles, two for losses. Timmy Jernigan finished with a career-high six tackles, but his foolish late-hit penalty extended the Chiefs opening drive. Brent Urban recorded his first sack, but he also drew John Harbaugh's ire at one point for letting Alex Smith break containment.
C.J. Mosley has had a solid second half of the season and finished with a team-high nine tackles. Rookie Za'Darius Smith recorded a pair of sacks, and Daryl Smith had seven tackles. Elvis Dumervil had a quiet day against an offensive line that had allowed among the most sacks in the league. Tackling was improved, too, which didn't take much.
The Chiefs didn't try to take many deep shots downfield, preferring short, high-percentage throws. But a secondary that lost Jimmy Smith on the opening series held its own for the most part. The Ravens had trouble with another tight end, with Travis Kelce grabbing six catches for 73 yards, but no wide receiver had a catch of more than 13 yards. Jumal Rolle played 27 defensive snaps in his Ravens debut. Yet again, though, the Ravens did not come up with an interception. They remain stuck on four for the season, one since Week 3.
SPECIAL TEAMS: B-
Kaelin Clay has shown he is a big-play threat every time he touches the ball. He had a 39-yard kick return and averaged 13.5 yards on two punt returns. Sam Koch netted 41.4 yards on five punts with good directional punting again. Koch's fake punt was a questionable call, but it probably would have worked if Anthony Levine hadn't blown his block. And it was a huge momentum switch early in the game. Levine was also whistled for another penalty, his fourth in the past three weeks.