The Chiefs know one thing they must win this game. The Denver Broncos have laid down the gauntlet with a 3-1 at the first-quarter mark of the season. If the Chiefs lose tonight they'll be three games back of Denver and that's something that could prove to much to overcome. Though I admit the Broncos were darn lucky to win at Tampa Bay yesterday 16-13 but they are the division leader and despite their offensive ineptitude; they are the team to beat.
Thus tonight's Prime Time Monday Night match-up consists of a desperate team with a season on the brink vs. a team that finds itself in a controversy they hoped would not be an issue until after the year.
The Chiefs stand 0-3 and the rest of the league is wondering if last seasons 13-3 record was a fluke. Many believe it is but this team has talent and we'll find out how much pride they have in themselves if they can pull out a win tonight. This is the type of game that can turn their season around.
Yesterday road teams did very well in the NFL wining eight games the most this season. That gives the Chiefs every reason to think they can win tonight in Baltimore. The Ravens as mentioned enter the game without wide receiver Travis Taylor and tight end Todd Heap.
Ravens Quarterback Kyle Boller is anything but comfortable running the offense and with the impending doom heading toward star running back Jamal Lewis, Boller has to play a mistake free football game. He only has one touchdown this season and if Lewis gets off to a slow start, the Chiefs could be in a position to win this game if their offense can move the ball against the Ravens stellar defense.
Trent Green played his best game of the season last week when he threw three touchdowns but he also made the worst throw of the year when Marcus Coleman intercepted a pass and returned it 102 yards against Houston.
The Ravens have a star-studded defense led by All-World linebacker Ray Lewis and cornerback Chris McAlister so Green will have to be at the top of his game to eek out a win. The key tonight will be for the team to have some fun. The Chiefs are so uptight that more than anything has caused them to lose the last two games. This game is redemption time for the Chiefs and I expect them to finally prove why they went 13-3 last season.
This will also show the rest of the AFC West that the defending champions will not go away quietly.
One player to keep an eye on tonight is second year cornerback Julian Battle. He'll take over the nickel slot since William Bartee will be out for the game with a concussion. Battle if he plays well tonight could overtake Dexter McCleon as the Chiefs starting corner opposite Eric Warfield after the bye week.
Punter Steve Cheek will not play tonight. Jason Baker will punt this week and then more than likely will be released next week. With a bye week, Cheek can fully recover from his leg injury that's kept him out last week.