This is it! This is the game we’ve all been waiting for since the NFL season kicked off earlier this month. Arguably, this is the most anticipated NFL fixture apart from the Super Bowl.
The clash of two young quarterbacks, both in their prime and firing on all cylinders. The Baltimore Ravens vs Kansas City Chiefs clash will see top quarterbacks, Lamar Jackson and Patrick Mahomes, lock horns for the first time in 2020.
Both these teams remain unbeaten as they dive into this Week Three encounter. However, that is bound to change on Monday night when these two giants face-off at the M&T Bank Stadium.
Here’s a detailed look at both teams, along with injury updates and Week Three matchday predictions.
Apart from the Seattle Seahawks, John Harbaugh’s Baltimore Ravens look like the team to beat in the NFL this year. They’ve been impressive in their wins over the Cleveland Browns and Houston Texans this season.
Reigning NFL MVP Lamar Jackson has started the 2020 season right where he left off in 2019. However, the clash against ‘rival’ Patrick Mahomes will really help him elevate his game and also serve as a major morale boost.
Coach Harbaugh will back his WRs Marquise Brown, Miles Boykin, and Willie Snead to help out Lamar on Monday night. Tight end Mark Ingram Jr. will also ease the attacking pressure on Jackson.
But the real task lies with the Ravens defense. Stopping Patrick Mahomes, Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce, and Clyde Edwards-Helaire is no small task, and the likes of Calais Campbell, Marlon Humphrey, and Marcus Peters will have their hands full against the Chiefs.
Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs have enjoyed an unbeaten run in the league thus far. They’ve beaten the Houston Texans and Los Angeles Chargers over the last two weeks.
However, the last one could have gone either way if it wasn’t for kicker Harrison Butker. He came on to score all three of his field goals, which helped the Chiefs walk away with a narrow 20-23 win over the Chargers.
Coach Andy Reid could miss out on the services of WR Sammy Watkins, who is dealing with a concussion. Mahomes, Kelce, Hill, and Edwards-Helaire have enough firepower between them to cause all sorts of problems for the Ravens.
Defensive stars Chris Jones, Anthony Hitchens, and Tyrann Mathieu have the challenge of restricting Lamar Jackson tonight.
CB Tavon Young – Knee
G DJ Fluker – Shoulder
DB Anthony Levine – Abdomen
DT Justin Madubuike – Knee
WR Chris Moore – Finger
DE Alex Okafor – Hamstring
WR Sammy Watkins – Neck/Concussion
CB Charvarius Ward – Hand
FC Dorian O’Daniel – Knee/Ankle
This one is too close to call, but we’ll go with the Ravens. Sure, Lamar Jackson hasn’t gotten the better of Mahomes yet. In fact, since joining the NFL in 2018, Jackson has only two touchdown passes against the Chiefs and only 527 total yards. He will look to improve on that in tonight’s game on home turf.
Mahomes has been accurate with his plays this year. He will be pushing for a win tonight but could fall short against a strong Ravens defense. Regardless, this is one game that you just can’t afford to miss.