Week 1: Ravens vs. Chiefs Preview

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Game Info:

Kickoff: 1:05 p.m. (EDT)

Site: M&T Bank Stadium (71,008) · Baltimore, MD

TV: CBS

Announcers: Ian Eagle (play-by-play), Rich Gannon (color)

Overview: Baltimore enters the 2009 season with extremely high expectations. After a loss in last year’s AFC Championship Game, the Ravens have their sights set on Miami and Super Bowl XLIV. On the other side of the field, Kansas City is looking to rebound last year’s franchise worst 2-14 record. With a new GM in Scott Pioli, a new head coach in Todd Haley and a new franchise quarterback in Matt Cassel, the future looks bright for this old AFL franchise, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

Ravens Offense vs. Chiefs Defense: Look for Joe Flacco to have plenty of time today as he faces a weak front seven. The Chiefs recorded only ten sacks in all of 2008, the fewest in NFL history. If you remember back to last year’s season opener, Cam Cameron had a few tricks up his sleeve which included a Mark Clayton end around. I loved seeing the statue of liberty play in the preseason game vs. the Jets. I would not be surprised to see some fancy formation or trick play today. I was listening to Gerry Sandusky on the radio this morning and he said to look out for what he calls “the I-Gun” formation. The I-Gun has the quarterback in the shotgun, and then directly behind him is a back or a receiver. That brings up the possibility of options and sweeps and other different plays. Ray Rice and Willis McGahee will see a great deal of touches today. The Ravens will rely on them to establish momentum and help set up play-action. And then later to help eat up clock and wear down the Chiefs

Chiefs Offense vs. Ravens Defense: Matt Cassel is going to be a game time decision. I don’t think it will make a difference whether he plays or not. If he does go, he won’t be 100%. Earlier this week, head coach Todd Haley indicated that Tyler Thigpen and Brodie Croyle could both see playing time if Cassel cannot go. The Ravens are healthy on defense and that is very dangerous. Larry Johnson can be one of the premier backs in the league when he is on his game. He was the last running back to gain 100 or more yards on the Ravens.

Prediction: The Ravens are so focused right now. I believe they will win this one 31-10. More to come later today with a recap.

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