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Ravens hang on for ugly win over Chiefs

Matt Cassel

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel (7) fumbles on the one-yard-line during the second half of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)

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Sometimes when you’re watching a dumpster fire, it’s easy to pay more attention to the fire than the dumpster.

Despite their best attempts to give it away, the Ravens actually beat the Chiefs Sunday, taking a stirring 9-6 decision at Arrowhead Stadium to improve to 4-1.

Baltimore’s dismal play was only slightly less offensive than the Chiefs (1-4), but the Chiefs were such a spectacle their awfulness was able to obscure the Ravens’, which seems to be the temporary variety.

They have issues on defense, and needed the Chiefs to lose touchdowns on a penalty and a fumble to be in this game.

Joe Flacco was held to 187 yards passing and Ray Rice had 102 rushing, but Justin Tucker’s three field goals were more than Ryan Succop’s two, the difference in this game.

Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel was knocked out of the game with a head injury in the fourth quarter, allowing Brady Quinn to finish off a stirring field goal drive.

While a plane circled calling for his benching, the Chiefs effectively did that with the game plan. They obviously didn’t trust him, because of their ridiculous reliance on the run game (50 rush attempts).

Cassel was a miserable 9-of-15 for 92 yards, with two interceptions and a fumble at the goal line on an attempted sneak for a touchdown.

That represented three of Kansas City’s four turnovers, giving them 19 on the season.