Inside slant for Ravens vs. Chiefs

Aaron Wilson describes the keys to the game when the Ravens and Chiefs have the ball

When the Ravens have the football

Don't expect any major deviation from this formula: a steady diet of NFL rushing leader Jamal Lewis combined with the odd pass here and there from rookie quarterback Kyle Boller to Pro Bowl tight end Todd Heap. No other skill players have proven to be anywhere near as reliable, or talented.

Key matchup

OT Jonathan Ogden vs. DE Vonnie Holliday

Towering All-Pro blocker contends with a pass rusher who has already generated four sacks. Plus, Ogden will need to turn Holliday's shoulders on sweeps.

When the Chiefs have the football

Offensive coordinator Al Saunders is a shrewd operator who tends to play to his team's strengths and doesn't get away much from handing the football off to Priest Holmes. Trent Green has been prone to interceptions and that's one reason why Kansas City has been reluctant to throw often to Pro Bowl tight end Tony Gonzalez and a competent receiving corps that includes Eddie Kennison and Johnny Morton.

Key matchup

OLB Terrell Suggs vs. OT John Tait

Potential mismatch in Ravens' favor as explosive rookie works against a player with more brawn than agility.

Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times.


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