No, the Chiefs will not be going 20-0 this season, but that does not mean the season is over. This one loss to the Ravens does not define their season, and it does not mean they will not make the super bowl. It is simply an obstacle that will make the team better.
How did the Chiefs get here though? Kansas City has not started a season 1-1 or even 0-2 since 2016 when they beat San Diego in week one and lost to Houston in week two. They finished that season 12-5 with a first-round exit to the Steelers.
I’m not saying the Chiefs will get bounced in the first round. However, that year does have some similarities to this year. 2016, the Chiefs were the 26th ranked rush defense. This year is much of the same and is a big part of the Chiefs loss on Sunday night.
Chiefs run defense killed chances of win against Ravens
2018 was a rough year for the Chiefs. Not overall, but the way the season ended. Of course, they made it to the AFC Championship game but would lose to Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. In that game, the Patriots rushed for 178 yards and scored four touchdowns on the ground.
Run defense has been kryptonite for the Chiefs the last few seasons. While it has gotten better over the years, it is still lower than average. On Sunday night, it looked to be regressing back to one of the worst in the league.
The Ravens are one of the best running teams in all of football and have been the last few years. To make matters even worse, they beat the Chiefs on the ground without their 1st, second, third, or even fourth-string running backs. Instead, they used an undrafted rookie and a waiver wire claim.
This game had nothing to do with personnel, besides Lamar Jackson. The former MVP has shown he can be one of the most elusive quarterbacks of all time. When he has an open field, you most likely won’t catch him. And if you are in front of Jackson, he can juke you to gain even more yardage.
The Ravens pride themselves on the run game. Head coach John Harbaugh specifically designs their offense to fit around Lamar Jackson and the running backs, in today’s most lethal version of the RPO (Run Pass Option) offense.
With the Chiefs giving up 251 yards to the Ravens on the ground alone, they broke a record. That is the most rushing yards allowed since 2013 when the Eagles rushed for 264 yards against the Chiefs. However, the Chiefs actually won that game against Philadelphia, something we cannot say the same thing for.
Kansas City cannot rely on its offense to always get them out of sticky situations. While yes, they do have one of the league’s best, the defense needs to be there as well, and it simply was not.
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