5 burning questions ahead of Ravens-Chiefs in Week 2

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The Baltimore Ravens have a tough matchup ahead of them as they will be taking on the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 2 of the 2021 season. Baltimore will have a few things working against them such as injuries and playing on a short week. However, those are no excuses, and the team will have to put together a great game to beat Kansas City under the bright lights.

After a disappointing Week 1 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders, there are plenty of questions that are currently present for the Ravens ahead of their matchup with the Chiefs. If Baltimore wants to move to 1-1 on the season they’ll have show that they can hang around with one of the best offenses in the NFL as well as a defense that has given them problems over the last few seasons.

Below we take a look at five burning questions ahead of the Ravens’ Week 2 matchup with Kansas City.

Can the Ravens protect the football?

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In Week 1 against the Raiders, Baltimore had trouble holding onto the football, as the team fumbled four times in total, losing two of them. Three of those came from quarterback Lamar Jackson (two were lost), while one came from wideout Devin Duvernay. If the Ravens are going to have any chance of beating the Chiefs in Week 2, they will have to do a better job at protecting the football, as giving possession to the Kansas City offense off of a turnover is a recipe for disaster.

How will Baltimore split their carries?

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The Ravens are still adjusting to life without running backs J.K. Dobbins, Gus Edwards and Justice Hill. In their opening game of the 2021 season, Lamar Jackson led all Baltimore ball carriers with 12 rushes, followed by running backs Latavius Murray (10), Ty'Son Williams (9) and Trenton Cannon (2). Wide receiver Marquise Brown also got in on the action as he had one carrying himself. With Cannon no longer on the team, it seems likely that one or both of running backs Le'Veon Bell or Devonta Freeman will get called up to the active roster. It will be interesting to see how Baltimore splits their carries in Week 2 after having a week to assess their new rushing offense.

Can the Ravens' offensive line protect Lamar Jackson?

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A big storyline from Baltimore's Week 1 matchup with the Raiders was if the Ravens' offensive line could put together a solid opening performance. The answer to that question was a resounding no, so heading into Week 2 it will be important that the offensive line can protect their quarterback much better than they did on Monday night. Players such as Alejandro Villanueva and Ronnie Stanley will have to improve greatly from their performances last week, and the group will have to give Jackson more time to throw if they want any shot at beating the Chiefs.

Will Baltimore be able to get pressure on Patrick Mahomes without blitzing?

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Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is excellent when teams blitz him. He's able to create time for himself by rolling out, or he can make a quick read and throw the ball to one of his pass-catching weapons. The Ravens struggled to get pressure on Las Vegas quarterback Derek Carr in Week 1, even when they were blitzing. There were some nice flashes of success, but when Baltimore needed their pass rush to show up the most on Monday night, it mostly faltered. The Ravens will be relying on their defensive front to be able to make Mahomes uncomfortable in the pocket, and potentially even confuse him into making a few mistakes.

Can the Ravens stop Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce?

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There's no doubt that out of all of the offensive weapons that Patrick Mahomes has at his disposal, his favorites are wide receiver Tyreek Hill and tight end Travis Kelce. Both players have presented major problems for Baltimore in the past, so it will be key to try to hold them in check as much as possible. For Hill, sending help over the top could hold him in check, while for Kelce, chipping him at the line could make him a bit slower to get to his spots. If the Ravens can make Mahomes beat them somewhere else outside of his two preferred targets, it would help Baltimore's chances of winning the game.

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