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Ravens News 9/20: Week 3 preview, meaningful stats and more

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NFL Week 3 Preview: Players to watch, fantasy football advice and betting projections - PFF

Baltimore Ravens @ Kansas City Chiefs

Through two weeks of play, Mark Andrews is the highest-graded offensive player in football with 50 or more snaps played, and he still hasn’t played more than 55% of the Ravens’ offensive snaps in a single game. That’s just unacceptable. Not only does he lead all qualifying offensive players in overall grade (93.4), but he also ranks second among all offensive players with 40 or more routes run through Week 2 in yards per route run (4.83), trailing only his teammate Marquise Brown (5.18).

The Ravens are playing at an incredible pace through two weeks, averaging 72.5 offensive plays across two games. The Eagles are also over 70, at 71.5 In the last five years, the only teams to top 70 plays per game over a full season are … the Ravens in 2018 (70.2) and the Eagles in 2014 (70.7).

Baltimore Ravens vs. Kansas City Chiefs: Picking a few Ravens who could be especially important - Aaron Kasinitz

OLB Pernell McPhee

Chiefs left tackle Eric Fisher plans to undergo core muscle surgery this week, forcing backup Cameron Erving into the starting lineup for Sunday’s game. McPhee is best positioned to take advantage of that.

Matt Judon has done most of his pass rushing off right tackle early in the season for the Ravens, and while Tim Williams and Tyus Bowser will cycle into the pass-rushing rotation, McPhee is the starter who could line up across from Ervin. And the Ravens’ 30-year veteran is off a strong start this season with 1.5 sacks in two games.

Baltimore wants to fluster Mahomes, and McPhee represents their best bet to do it.

News & Notes: Jackson-Mahomes Could Be the Next Brady-Manning - Clifton Brown

Can Baltimore’s Fast Corners Put the Brakes on Hardman’s Speed*? *

“We think we got some fast guys here with me and B. (Brandon) Carr,” Humphrey said. “Mecole Hardman a true 4.2, Sammy a 4.3, Robinson (4.4) those are all fast guys. It’s going to be a good test.”

Ravens Wary of Chiefs ‘Game-Wrecker’ Defensive Lineman Chris Jones

“I haven’t seen anybody stop him yet, so we’ve got our hands full,” Ravens Offensive Coordinator Greg Roman said. “I think he’s a very good player and he’s playing at a very high level. He can wreck the game if you let him.”

The Most Meaningful NFL Stats Through Two Weeks of Action - Riley McAtee

The Ravens Aren’t As Run-Heavy As We Thought

63.5 percent: The proportion of plays in which the Ravens have passed in neutral situations. That’s 7.6 percentage points more than expected (based on the downs and distances they’ve faced), which is the 11th-highest differential this season. The Ravens were expected to employ a historically run-heavy offensethis season, but so far they’re actually a bit more pass-heavy than the average team. That’s been a welcome surprise for Baltimore, as pass plays are generally more efficient than running plays—especially when Lamar Jackson is throwing the ball as well as any quarterback in the league.

NFL Week 3 odds, picks: Ravens upset Chiefs, Niners stay undefeated, Rams edge Browns - Cody Benjamin

Baltimore Ravens at Kansas City Chiefs

It’s really hard to pick against Patrick Mahomes, and K.C. will be making its 2019 Arrowhead debut. But if someone’s going to upset the Chiefs in prime time, why can’t it be Lamar Jackson? The Ravens are just as explosive right now, and they’ve got the better “D.”

NFL Week 3 picks: Chiefs, Patrick Mahomes light up Ravens, 49ers get to 3-0 - Pete Prisco

Baltimore Ravens at Kansas City Chiefs

This is the game of the week, featuring two high-powered offenses that have rolled up big numbers so far. The Chiefs will be making their Arrowhead debut this season and that crowd will be nuts. Look for Patrick Mahomes to light up the Ravens defense as he outduels Lamar Jackson.

Pick: Chiefs 31, Ravens 23