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Ravens vs. Chiefs final: 5 Winners and 8 Losers

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Humbled. That’s what the Ravens were tonight.

After a season of clobbering teams week after week in 2019, they were humbled by the Tennessee Titans in their first playoff game. In Week 3 of 2020, they were humbled once more by the reigning Super Bowl champions. The final score 34-20.

Winners

Devin Duvernay — The Ravens were on their heels early. They needed a spark. Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs were buzzing. Duvernay responded with the first kickoff return touchdown of the 2020 season.

L.J. Fort — The linebacker contributed with a great fourth down stop and solid tackling.

Nick Boyle — His second career touchdown on a tough catch that he did haul in. Good enough to grace the list.

Gus Edwards — Four carries for 39 yards. Can’t do anything more when he’s not getting the rock.

Justin Tucker — The best kicker in NFL history hit his kicks. The No. 2 choked on a PAT and a field goal.

Losers*
*= This title does not mean these players are losers. They played a poor game. It happens to the best players and should be taken lightly.

Coaching offense: Ravens averaged 7.9 yards per carry. Remind me why the run game stopped? Why do you constantly panic when down by a single score? Why does Gus Edwards not get the rock? Why did you draft a running back in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft to not use J.K. Dobbins after praising him and saying he’s the best back of the draft? While I typed this Clyde Edwards-Helaire just got another first down.

Coaching defense: Blitzes clearly aren’t the answer on third down. Off coverage isn’t the answer. While it is Andy Reid and some masterful playcalling, you’d think this “star-studded” defense wouldn’t get abused and have the game put away before the second half began. Why is Matt Judon not rushing the passer? He’s covering wide receivers?

Lamar Jackson — Some of it was on the receivers. Some of it was on Jackson. This was a poor game and he missed his targets. A grand total of 97 passing yards tonight.

Mark Andrews: Four drops. Unacceptable.

Marquise Brown: Some of it was on Jackson missing him. Two early drops was still noteworthy.

Offensive line: Allowed four sacks and the Ravens were simply abused.

Pass rush: Matt Judon and Tyus Bowser finally get to Mahomes and can’t finish the sack. No pressure from anybody when necessary. Still can’t get to the quarterback with a blitz.

Marcus Peters: Poor game by the defensive back. Drew a tough assignment and didn’t come out on top tonight.