The Kansas City Chiefs beat the previously unbeaten Baltimore Ravens 33-28 on Sunday, advancing to 3-0 and maintaining their hold on the top spot in the AFC West.
Here are five winners and three losers from the game.
- Last week, rookie wide receiver Mecole Hardman had a long touchdown catch called back against the Oakland Raiders — but on Sunday, his touchdown bomb stayed on the board. The 83-yard reception came in the second quarter and put the Chiefs up 20-6. Hardman finished the game with two receptions, 104 total yards and the touchdown. The rookie is filling in nicely for the injured Tyreek Hill, helping the Chiefs offense look like it hasn’t missed a beat with multiple starters out
- Ravens running back Mark Ingram scored the first 18 points for Baltimore — and looked unstoppable in the running game. Ingram finished with 103 yards (and three touchdowns) on the ground on 16 attempts. Although many didn’t think it was possible, Ingram’s addition to the Ravens somehow made their run game even more dangerous.
- Safety Tyrann Mathieu quietly had his best game of the season. Mathieu had four tackles in the game — but more importantly, got three pass deflections. His first of the game (and season) stopped a would-be screen pass from the Ravens; the other two were both near-interceptions. The Honey Badger hadn’t stood out much this season, but on Sunday, he was one of the few good things the Chiefs secondary had going for it.
- LeSean McCoy was part of the solution on Sunday. With starter Damien Williams out — and some rain compromising the passing game in the second half — the Chiefs needed McCoy to step up. He did so in a big way. McCoy had his first rushing and receiving touchdowns of the season, proving that the 31-year-old still has some gas left in the tank. McCoy finished with 80 total yards.
- Defensive lineman Emmanuel Ogbah — one of the new additions over the offseason — had his best game of the season. He finished with two tackles, 1.5 sacks on the elusive Lamar Jackson and even got a pass deflection on the line of scrimmage. Ogbah was putting heavy pressure on Jackson throughout the game, notching three quarterback hits. Even though they didn’t all turn into sacks, Ogbah’s ability to get his hands on the Ravens’ quarterback was crucial in the victory.
- While Earl Thomas didn’t look bad on Sunday, his vow to stop the Chiefs from making big plays down the field certainly did not hold up. After the Ravens defense allowed the Chiefs to average 7.9 yards per play and score 33 points — which included the 83-yard touchdown to Hardman — Thomas has to consider that his mission to stop the Chiefs failed.
- While the eight quarterback hits Mahomes suffered against the Ravens weren’t all Cameron Erving’s fault, he should take responsibility for a lot of them. Erving — filling in for the injured Eric Fisher — was beaten by Ravens pass rushers multiple times and looked like a liability on the offensive line. What was once a strength of the Chiefs offense now looks like one of their biggest weaknesses — and it starts at left tackle.
- Ravens wide receivers were a non-factor. While Lamar Jackson completed 22 passes on Sunday, only seven of those were caught by his wide receivers. If you are a wideout thinking about signing with Baltimore, do not expect a whole lot of touches.