Week 14 Preview: Ravens (9-3) at Chiefs (7-5)

At 7-5, the Chiefs will need some help to reach the playoffs. They blew a perfect opportunity to improve to 8-4 against Cleveland. They would have had sole possession of the top wild-card spot. Instead, the Chiefs are still tied for second in the AFC West and are now eighth in the AFC.

Kansas City probably needs to win out to make the playoffs. The Chiefs can still get in at 10-6 but will need some key losses from Denver, Cincinnati and the New York Jets. The schedule doesn't get any easier as the 9-3 Baltimore Ravens come to town this week.

Series History:


The Chiefs are 3-0 all-time against the Ravens. Every game they've played has been in Baltimore. This will be the first trip to Arrowhead Stadium for Baltimore, the only team in the NFL not to play in Kansas City or beat the Chiefs.

Stats:


CHIEFS:

Before last Sunday, the Chiefs defense was on a roll. But it all went downhill against the Browns, as the 31st ranked offense moved the ball at will against the Chiefs defense. The Chiefs are now 14th in the NFL in total defense (319). The run defense gave up 5.2 yards per carry to one of the worst rushing teams in the NFL and dropped to 14th against the run (112). The pass defense was also horrible, allowing play after play to a backup quarterback who had never taken a snap in the NFL before Sunday. The pass defense dropped to 15th in the league (207). Kansas City gave up 31 points to the Browns and are now 10th in points given up per game(19.7).

Kansas City's passing offense finally got on track as Trent Green threw for 297 yards and his first four touchdowns of the season against Cleveland. The running game also flourished with Larry Johnson gaining 110 yards. The offense improved to 13th in the NFL (328). The passing offense improved to 19th (195). Cleveland focused on the run last weekend, but the running game was still successful and is now 6th in the NFL (133). Kansas City is now 13th in the NFL in points per game (21.4).

RAVENS:

We all know how good the Ravens defense is, as they field the NFL's top-ranked defense (267). They're especially good against the run, as they boast the second-ranked run defense (75.8). The pass defense is 10th in the NFL (191.7). Baltimore allows only 13.3 points per game, good for second in the NFL.

Baltimore's offense has improved slightly since head coach Brian Billick took over the play calling. The Ravens are 23rd in total offense (303), tied for 24th in rush offense (99) and are 16th through the air (204). The Ravens are right below the Chiefs in points per game at 21.3, good for 14th in the NFL.

The Facts:


• The Chiefs own an NFL-best 20-1 record at home in the month of December since 1995. They've won 18 straight at home in December. The Ravens are only 5-6 all time on the road in the month of December and have lost five of their last six December road games dating back to 2002.

• The Chiefs are 7-2 against teams playing their initial regular season game at Arrowhead. This will be Brian Billick's first head-coaching appearance at Arrowhead, which is not good news for him as the Chiefs are 24-5 against head coaches making their first appearance at Arrowhead dating back to 1994. Sunday will also be quarterback Steve McNair's first start at Arrowhead Stadium.

• The Ravens are the only team in the NFL that has not allowed a team to score more than 27 points this season. They've held eight opponents scoreless in the first quarter this season.

• The Chiefs have not allowed a 100-yard rusher at home in 21 consecutive games. Dating back to the start of the 2005 season, the Chiefs have only allowed 80.9 yards per game on the ground at home, the second-lowest mark behind only the Baltimore Ravens (80.6).

• Quarterback Trent Green owns a 12-0 record as the Chiefs' starter in regular season play after December 1st. The Chiefs own a 14-1 record at Arrowhead when Green compiles a quarterback rating of 100 or better.

Injury Report:


CHIEFS:

QUESTIONABLE: LB Derrick Johnson (ankle), S Sammy Knight (ankle), DT James Reed (groin), DT Jimmy Wilkerson (hamstring) PROBABLE: TE Tony Gonzalez (shoulder), OT Kyle Turley (shoulder)

RAVENS:

DOUBTFUL: LB Dan Cody (knee), RB Musa Smith (neck) QUESTIONABLE: LB Dennis Haley (ankle), G Keydrick Vincent (thigh), TE Daniel Wilcox (thigh)

Weather Report:


ARROWHEAD STADIUM, KANSAS CITY, MO, DECEMBER 10th

Forecast calls for mostly sunny skies with highs in the low 50s and lows in the mid 30s.

PREDICTION: Chiefs 23, Ravens 13

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