(Photo : Patrick Smith/Getty Images)) BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (#3) and quarterback Lamar Jackson (#8) of the Baltimore Ravens stand subsequent to 1 one other earlier than taking part in in opposition to the Houston Texans at M&T Bank Stadium on September 10, 2023 in Baltimore, Maryland.
The Kansas City Chiefs took care of enterprise in opposition to the Buffalo Bills throughout the Divisional Round of the NFL playoffs.
It was not a blowout win, however it confirmed what the Chiefs can do in huge moments. Josh Allen and the Bills are the no. 1 seed for a cause, and beating them is a testomony to that.
However, the Ravens are a distinct foe totally. They took care of enterprise in opposition to the Houston Texans, too, however in a dominant trend.
They dominated the common season persistently on their approach to a bye benefit for the playoffs.
The demeanor of MVP race frontrunner Lamar Jackson and the remainder of the workforce reveals how hungry they’re for a Super Bowl look.
Jackson stated he has been within the league for a very long time however has but to go deep within the postseason. Together with longtime teammates, he thought their time is now.
“It’s crazy. It made me sit back and realize, ‘Damn, I’m getting older. I’ve got to get a championship now,'” Jackson instructed The Atlantic a couple of days earlier than they kicked off their recreation in opposition to the Texans.
“That’s one of the reasons I’m stressing that I need to win it. I’m not getting any younger. It’s best to win it now.”
That starvation translated to a manhandling of the younger Texans.
The Chiefs have a recreation plan set for the Ravens. They have one thing to a minimum of restrict Lamar Jackson, who was sensational in his final playoff recreation.
The Ravens will not be simply him, although. The Chiefs can safe a win in the event that they contemplate these potential eventualities that may pose an issue.
1. The Ravens’ run recreation
The Ravens’ run recreation went to a distinct degree in opposition to the Texans. They dominated their Divisional Round opponent by disassembling their defensive schemes from all fronts by means of a run recreation.
Baltimore ran for 229 yards, and Jackson scored twice on the bottom. It additionally gained the time of possession battle, holding onto the ball for 37 minutes and 35 seconds.
Three minutes into the third quarter, the onslaught began. They devised a 12-play 93-yard drive after which an 11-play 78-yard drive. The two performs lasted 14 minutes, widening the hole between the 2 groups.
They managed the possessions in the whole second half and recorded a complete run of 229 yards. Jackson scored twice.
They outscored the Texans 24-0.
The Chiefs ought to shadow Justice Hill and Gus Edwards, who mixed to complete with 106 yards on 23 makes an attempt.
2. Odell Beckham Jr. breakout recreation
“He will definitely be one of the guys,” that is what Lamar Jackson stated about large receiver teammate Beckham Jr.
Everybody believes his breakout recreation will come anytime quickly. It has but to occur, however the Chiefs can’t be complacent.
Passers at all times goal Beckham. His numbers is probably not excellent (35 catches, 565 yards, three touchdowns), however he doesn’t have to be sensational as all people within the workforce chips in.
He can mild it up on the massive stage. He made a sensational catch on the Super Bowl LVI in opposition to the Cincinnati Bengals earlier than taking place with an harm.
The Baltimore Ravens protection muted CJ Stroud. It was like their defensive scheme was specifically orchestrated to cease the tremendous rookie’s passing recreation.
The workforce didn’t have a sack, however they restricted their dashing recreation, permitting simply 38 yards for the Texans.
Stroud completed with 19 for 33 passing completions for simply 175 yards.
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