It’s the No. 1 defense in the league vs. one of — if not the — most feared NFL offenses.
While Kansas City will look to improve to 11-2, remain undefeated at home and clinch their playoff berth, the Ravens will be playing to upset the Chiefs, remain undefeated in Kansas City, and, in doing so, continue their race to claiming an AFC Wild Card spot.
Leading up to game, which kicks off at noon Arrowhead time in Kansas City, Baltimore head coach John Harbaugh shared his thoughts with local Kansas City Chiefs reporters.
Here’s what he had to say:
On how Lamar Jackson causes teams to play differently:
“It puts us in a different place,” Harbaugh said on how Jackson’s changed their game. “It’s not like it’s stuff that we weren’t practicing, but obviously, the spectrum moves more toward the types of plays we’ve been running the last three weeks than the ones we were running before that. So, yes, absolutely defenses are playing us differently. Different coverages and different things up front and I’d say it’s been fairly dramatic that way.”
On the possible return of Eric Berry:
“It probably won’t change a lot,” Harbaugh said as far as their preparation goes for Sunday. “Now, as far as the player himself, he’s an impact player you have to be aware of at all times. But the safeties...those guys are doing a good job. They’re playing at a high level and I think both of those guys have proven themselves as starters. We respect their defense all the way around and it (the return of Berry) would just add one more layer to the mix.”
On the absence of Kareem Hunt:
“It’s the same offense. You have to defend the plays and the players running them. They have very capable backs Spencer Ware has been a starter and bringing west back — he’s a guy that we’ve struggled with the last time we played them. We’ve kind of put them in the same category and just have to deal with the running back that plays and they’ve got good ones.”
On what it takes to win at Arrowhead Stadium:
“Just like anywhere you have to play good, sound winning football,” Harbaugh said matter-of-factly. “Not turn the ball over, get a few turnovers if you can, play great defense, be solid on special teams and score some points. I don’t think there’s any magic to it, it’s just playing good football just like anywhere. But it’s especially tough there to play good football because the crowd is so tough and the teams are usually so good.”