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5 Questions with Kansas City Chiefs' Arrowhead Pride

We sat down with Joel Thorman from Arrowhead Pride, SB Nation's Kansas City Chiefs site, to talk a bit about the week 15 matchup between our beloved Baltimore Ravens and his Kansas City Chiefs. Few people here in Baltimore expect the Ravens to even be competitive against one of the better defenses in the league, but for fans outside of the area, it's great to give them some insider information as to what is going on with the Ravens this season and see what they are doing well and poorly at. It might just give us some insight as to what will go down on Sunday.

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We sat down with Joel Thorman from Arrowhead Pride, SB Nation's Kansas City Chiefs site, to talk a bit about the week 15 matchup between our beloved Baltimore Ravens and his Kansas City Chiefs. Few people here in Baltimore expect the Ravens to even be competitive against one of the better defenses in the league, but for fans outside of the area, it's great to give them some insider information as to what is going on with the Ravens this season and see what they are doing well and poorly at. It might just give us some insight as to what will go down on Sunday.

1) The Chiefs have won 7 straight games. What has been the key to that success?

The Chiefs defense is taking the ball away and the Chiefs offense isn't giving it away. The defense is playing great, Alex Smith has been efficient and the running game is working but more than anything it's the turnovers. Before the Chiefs two turnovers in each of the past two weeks they hadn't turned it over in five games. Even when they do turn it over, they're good about stopping you from scoring. The Ravens shot at winning this game has to come through turnovers.

2) Many people make fun of Alex Smith for being rather plain and not the most talented guy at quarterback. Yet when you look at his stats for 2015, you see that he is on pace for his best season yet. Are his 15 touchdowns and only 4 interceptions just a product of his growth in this system or is the team doing something special to help him out?

It's just a good fit for both sides. The Chiefs have a rock solid defense so when you combine that with a quarterback who won't give the ball away -- Alex has one pick since September -- you're going to be a tough out. The Chiefs added Jeremy Maclin this year which has been a huge upgrade over Dwayne Bowe last year. Maclin along with Travis Kelce's continued emergence are the biggest reasons Smith is having a better year this year statistically. More recently he has started to throw the ball downfield more often which is an added element that the Chiefs offense didn't really have before. Alex's play this year is more about his continued maturation in the offense along with a few good breaks along the way.

3) In the absolute best storyline to come out of the league this year, Chiefs safety Eric Berry beat cancer and is rated as PFF's best safety. Has Berry's coming back strong made this whole team step up much like the less threatening return of Ray Lewis in 2012, when the Ravens won the Super Bowl? Do you think it could potentially lead the team on a similar rampage?

I would say Eric Berry is playing better this season than he ever has. The Chiefs seem to be moving him around more and playing him in more coverage rather than at the line of scrimmage all the time and the results have been positive. Berry is very well-liked so it's no surprise that the team has rallied around him with the saying: "Fear nothing, attack everything". If the Chiefs make a playoff run, Berry's play in the back half of the field will be key to it.

4) The Ravens were reportedly very interested in Marcus Peters coming into the draft but weren't able to grab him. What has his 5 interceptions so far this season done for a defense that had only 6 total in 2014?

Marcus Peters has been huge. He is targeted a LOT and gives up a lot of yards but he also intercepts passes which is something the Chiefs simply didn't do last year. His play-making skills are the best attribute that he's added to this defense. He's big, aggressive and is very football smart. He understands the opponent's routes and the concepts that go along with it. The football smarts part of it I wasn't prepared for because you never really know how advanced someone is until they're thrown into the fire. He has plenty to work on but as your pal Todd Haley used to say when he was in KC, his arrow is pointing up.

5) What is your prediction for the game?

I'm picking the Chiefs to win 23-20. The Chiefs should win but the Ravens have played most teams tough so it's not a gimme. I fall back on the Chiefs great defense being able to continue Matt Schaub's pick-six streak as the reason they win.