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Baltimore Ravens vs Kansas City Chiefs Final Score: What we learned from the 34-14 loss

The second worst defeat this season for the Baltimore Ravens, it is a tough pill to swallow to see the team slide down to 4-10 when we expected them to be a Super Bowl contender just a few months ago. While we can take comfort that the game wasn't as far apart as the score shows, we have to look forward to the remaining two games this season and the upcoming years.

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The second worst defeat this season for the Baltimore Ravens, it is a tough pill to swallow to see the team slide down to 4-10 when we expected them to be a Super Bowl contender just a few months ago. While we can take comfort that the game wasn't as far apart as the score shows, we have to look forward to the remaining two games this season and the upcoming years.

This is what we learned from the Baltimore Ravens 34-14 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Kamar Aiken might be the real deal

We claimed it way back in May, but we are finally seeing the 26-year old receiver string together a few games where he is dominant and continues to improve. That improvement is key to his success as the Ravens have been burned by Marlon Brown's rookie season and subsequent fall from the face of the earth.

With no talent around him and a backup to the backup quarterback throwing the ball, Aiken had his first 100+ yard game in his career. He's also on track to set a franchise record with consecutive games with 5 or more catches, a feat set by Derrick Mason in 2007. In the last two weeks alone, Aiken has 218 yards total, against two of the best defenses in the league.

If Aiken continues his growth, the Ravens could have something special.

This team can't stop shooting itself in the foot

Like I mentioned at the top, the game was actually a lot closer than the score indicates. Like we've seen all season, a few dumb or lucky plays are what stands between the Ravens and a win. The first is defensive lineman Timmy Jernigan yet again committing a personal foul penalty for no good reason, giving the opponent a fresh set of drives and a ton of yards. That drive would culminate in a 38-yard scamper to the endzone that would also see cornerback Jimmy Smith finish the game in the training room after injuring his thigh.

The second and third were turnovers. Not just any normal turnover though, but an interception and fumble recovery that were both returned for touchdowns. Javorius Allen would get put into head coach John Harbaugh's famous "doghouse" for another costly fumble in back-to-back games. Fellow rushers Terrence Magee and Terrance West would finish out the remainder of the game, and West might have earned some additional snaps through the end of this season by running hard and gaining 5 yards per carry because of it.

The interception was just a bad luck play as intended target Daniel Brown slipped coming out of his break. The ball already on it's way, it flew directly to Kansas City's Marcus Peters, who returned it 90 yards for another score. If Brown doesn't fall, it was a good throw and catch that we praise both players for making in a tough spot. However, much like the season has gone, everything that could go wrong did and it gave the Chiefs

Young Ravens begin to shine through

Whenever you are this low down on the depth chart like the Ravens are with 19 players on injured reserve, it becomes a mixed bag of talent and maturity that shows up. This season hasn't been all that kind to the coaches as it's young players just generally haven't been ready for the big time. That isn't a bad thing since most young players are still adjusting to the speed of the game and the complexity of new playbooks.

However this late in the season, the Ravens are finally seeing some of those glimmers on why they picked these kids up. We've covered Kamar Aiken specifically earlier on, but Jeremy Butler looks like he might challenge for a role in 2016's offense as he had 60 yards on only 3 catches. Kaelin Clay might be a hit or miss returner, but when he hits, he can be a dangerous weapon like he was on Sunday. His 39 yard kick return put the Ravens in good position and could have been the start to a field position battle with the Chiefs had turnovers hit the team so hard.

On defense, the Ravens saw pressure early from rookie Za'Darius Smith and Brent Urban. Smith finished the game with two sacks and Urban had one of his own. The deficit took hold quickly, so the Chiefs turned to the run game to help save quarterback Alex Smith from a beating, but it was refreshing to see players get after the quarterback being that it has been so rare this season without linebacker Terrell Suggs in the lineup. In the secondary, the Ravens continue to see cornerback Shareece Wright do well in all phases of the game and must be very happy with that pickup.

It doesn't mean much for this season, but getting a chance to test all of these players and seeing so much of the free agents has helped the Ravens going forward. By trying out so many players and having to start their young talent so much, the Ravens have not only given them valuable playing time but they better know how to utilize them in the future. When 2016 hits, Baltimore will be a much better team that is stacked with hidden gems and young drafted players that can factor into a healthy rotation more.