Baltimore Ravens’ Lamar Jackson calls Kansas City Chiefs “our kryptonite” after another loss


BALTIMORE – Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens stumbled again to the Kansas City Chiefs, losing 34-20 on Monday Night Football in a game that ended their 14-game regular-season winning streak and left them to feel stripped of their cloak.Asked how the Ravens can overcome the hurdle of beating the Chiefs, Jackson intervened by saying, “Our kryptonite.”

Jackson fell to 0-3 against the Chiefs after passing 97 yards, his career-worst. He’s 21-1 against the rest of the NFL in the regular season.

Reigning NFL MVP Jackson completed 67% of his passes against the other 31 teams with a total of 72.9 QBR. Against Kansas City, he chained 53% of his shots with a 58.5 QBR.

The Chiefs kept Jackson out of the game by blitzing 35% of his losses, compared to 29% for all other teams, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.

“It looked the same from the Tennessee game [2019 divisional playoff] to be honest – that’s it, ”Jackson said.

The Ravens (2-1) had been the hottest team in the NFL entering Monday. They hadn’t lost a regular season game in almost a full calendar year (their previous loss was September 29, 2019 to the Browns). Baltimore had led at halftime in 11 straight games and had never fallen behind in the second half in 13 straight games.

But Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs scored touchdowns on four of their first five drives to take a 27-10 lead in the second quarter. Baltimore came close to 27-20 in the fourth quarter, but Kansas City responded with a 2-yard touchdown pass to left tackle Eric Fisher to seal the victory.

“I can’t wait to earn the right to try and face them again,” Ravens defensive end Calais Campbell said. “I’m very confident that if we play the game we’re supposed to do, we can hang on with these guys. ”

Even though it’s Week 3, that loss could have ramifications for the Ravens in January. Baltimore’s odds of capturing the No.1 seed and home ground advantage in the playoffs dropped to 35%, while Kansas City’s odds rose to 43%.

Now the Ravens must be wondering what it will take to beat the Chiefs if they meet them in the playoffs.

“They beat us. They surpassed us. They upgraded us. They just beat us, ”Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “This is the story of tonight. Close-up stuff, all that, I don’t know. They are better, of course. They are a better football team right now. ”

The Ravens slipped out of first place in the AFC North for the first time since Week 15 of 2018, falling behind the Pittsburgh Steelers (3-0). That ended a 21-week streak in holding at least a share of the lead in the division.


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