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ESPN Analysts Gave Ravens Offense Extra Motivation Against the Chiefs

Word comes from Mike Freeman of CBS Sports that the Baltimore Ravens offense had a little extra motivation in their 38-24 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs.

Specifically from Keyshawn Johnson and Cris Carter who had some harsh words for the Ravens, particularly the offense.

"You want a bum, you pay a bum," Johnson said Sunday morning.  Both he and Carter were critical of the Ravens offense.  I haven't seen all the comments but Freeman sums it up here.

It's fair to say that Derrick Mason took offense to the comments.

"Keyshawn Johnson is the bum, that's why he's in the analyst seat," said Mason . "He tried to come back to football but no one would sign him. He was never that good a player. He got lucky and signed on in Tampa Bay and won a Super Bowl because they had a great defense."

Wow.  He wasn't done there.

"Just look at the two people doing the criticizing, that's all I'm saying. Keyshawn was overrated and Carter is in the same boat I'm in. He doesn't have a Super Bowl ring either. He's in the analyst seat without a ring. At least I'm playing. He still wants to play but he can't anymore. We're the bums? That's why you're in the analyst seat. Just be quiet and keep dreaming you still could play."

Like I said, I haven't seen the full scope of Johnson's comments and I can imagine he and Carter were a little inflammatory, particularly with that bum statement, but it's not as if their criticism doesn't have any merit.  The Ravens were 28th in passing yardage last season.

There was no indication they were going to go off this season.  Past history indicated that, over a full season, they're likely to struggle.

Tight end Todd Heap said, "We haven't done that too many times around here and I've been here for nine years."  Wide receiver Mark Clayton said, "We're kind of remaking ourselves."  

While fired up speaking to Freeman of CBS Sports, Mason made a ridiculous bold claim.

"We could have had more than 500 yards. [We had] some miscues here and there. We could have possibly thrown for 600 yards."

[Emphasis mine]  Okay.  Kudos to the Ravens for the offensive outburst but last time the Chiefs were on the field they were one of the worst defenses in the NFL.

So, thanks to Keyshawn Johnson and Cris Carter for giving the Chiefs opponents the extra motivation.