In a monster AFC matchup on Sunday, the Ravens weren’t able to get enough offense and enough stops on defense to earn the win.
The loss drops the Ravens to 2-1 ahead of the Browns matchup on Sunday.
Here are a few players whose stocks are up and down after the loss.
Stock down: Pass defense
The Ravens defense knew they had a challenge to face against Patrick Mahomes. It’s likely they won’t see one like him again.
Mahomes threw for 374 yards on 27-of-37 passing and had three touchdowns passing. He led an offense that scored three touchdowns in the first half, the same number it scored against the Ravens last season.
It wasn’t pretty for the pass defense, as a blown coverage led to an 83-yard score which gave the Chiefs all the momentum they needed.
Three receivers (Travis Kelce, Sammy Watkins and Darrel Williams) had five or more receptions.
“Some of them (deep pass plays) were well executed by them,” coach John Harbaugh said. “The one touchdown was just played wrong by a certain player, that happens. So that’s what happened.”
Stock down: Lamar Jackson
Jackson had the first rough game of his 2019 season.
He finished just 22-of-43 and had 267 yards. He looked impressive on the Ravens first drive of the game and bought time with his legs in the pocket, but faltered as the game wore on.
Jackson picked his game up in the fourth quarter, but was aided by two throws that can only be described as Hail Mary throws caught by Seth Roberts and Willie Snead.
“We let our defense down, I feel,” Jackson said. “I had a lot of throws I should have made, I feel.”
Stock up: Nick Boyle
The first of two positives on the offense, Boyle was the team’s leading receiver with four receptions for 58 yards.
With Mark Andrews (three catches for 15 yards) hobbled with a foot injury, Boyle was Jackson’s most consistent target over the middle of the field.
When Andrews returns to full health, Boyle likely won’t see the volume of targets he saw today. But it was a nice day for the Delaware product.
Stock up: Mark Ingram
The Ravens made a commitment to the run game on the first drives of each half, and it showed as Ingram tied a Ravens record with three rushing TDs in a game.
Ingram finished with 103 yards on 16 carries — a 6.4 yards per carry average — and was the game’s leading rusher.
“I think it speaks for itself, we ran the ball well,” Harbaugh said. “Offensive played excellent, played tremendous I thought.”
Stock down: Two-Point Plays
Woof. The Ravens had three two-point plays, including one that came from the one-yard line, and weren’t able to score on any of them.
They went for two up 6-0, down 30-19 and 33-28. They made none of those.
Still, despite the result, it may not have been the worst decision to go for two points...
Stock up: John Harbaugh’s decisions
Hang in there on this one.
The Ravens first decision to go for two points was due to the fact that they had the ball at the Chiefs one-yard line and thought they could punch in a quick conversion. The second decision was likely to cut the lead to nine, so that a touchdown and a field goal would win the game instead of merely tie the game. The final decision was to cut the lead to a field goal.
Harbaugh said he doesn’t regret any of the decisions.
“I don’t think we’re setting any tone, there’s no tone to be set,” Harbaugh said. “You’re trying to do everything you can to win the game. And when you get the ball at the one-yard line, it makes a lot of sense to go for two. Unless you’re playing scared, which we aren’t going to do.”
Stock down: Run defense
The Ravens allowed 140 yards rushing (5.4 yards a carry) to a host of Chiefs running backs. Williams and LeSean McCoy had 6.9 and 6.8 yards per carry to lead the team.
Against Mahomes, knowing his deadliness passing the ball, the run defense had to be as sharp as ever. Unfortunately for the Ravens, it wasn’t as the Ravens could slow down the Chiefs ariel and ground attack.
Stock down: Linebackers
Patrick Onwuasor had a pass go inches above his hands in a metaphor for the entire afternoon.
He, Chris Board and Kenny Young didn’t have their best days as the Chiefs were able to run the ball well all afternoon.
Mahomes was able to fling the ball out to the flats early in the game, as his running backs ran free in the flat all afternoon long.
Overall, the Ravens defense just had an afternoon to forget.
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