The Ravens are one of the worst NFL teams at causing turnovers. The Chiefs are one of the best.
That does not bode well for the Ravens (4-9) on Sunday, when they host the Chiefs (8-5) at M&T Bank Stadium. With 24 takeaways and just 12 turnovers, the Chiefs’ +12 ratio is second in the NFL, trailing only the undefeated Panthers (+15). Meanwhile, the Ravens have a -12 turnover ratio, worse than everyone in the NFL except the Cowboys, who are -15 heading into Saturday night’s game against the Jets.
The Ravens have only intercepted four passes, putting them on pace to set a franchise low for a season. They have only recovered seven fumbles. As the Ravens look ahead to next season, building a defense that is faster and more opportunistic should be a top priority.
“Turnovers,” Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith said recently. “Giving them away and not taking them away. That has been the story that has not helped us and (has) helped other teams.
“Interceptions and fumbles and forced fumbles, turnovers in general, being a stingy defense, taking the ball away and giving our offense more opportunities, cutting other offenses’ opportunities short. That would have went a long way this season for us.”
As of Saturday morning, Ravens coach John Harbaugh had not announced whether Jimmy Clausen or Matt Schaub would start at quarterback. But here’s something to keep in mind, considering Schaub’s issue with throwing pick-sixes. The Chiefs lead the AFC with 18 interceptions. If Schaub starts, and adds to his interception total, the Ravens can’t say they didn’t see it coming.