Ravens - Chiefs: 5 reasons for the outcome

1. The Baltimore Ravens' 27-24 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs represents their first Monday night loss in franchise history in their fourth appearance. It wasn't hard to figure out the chief culprit for the defeat to a previously-winless football team.

The Ravens' normally-stout defense didn't come close to containing former Baltimore running back Priest Holmes as he gained a game-high 125 yards on 33 carries.

He ran roughshod over Baltimore behind his blue-chip offensive line that features 18 Pro Bowl selections between right guard Will Shields and left tackle Willie Roaf.

His two touchdown runs and 100-yard rushing game were critical to the Chiefs' success as Baltimore surrendered 100 yards to an opposing runner for the first time in nine games.

2. Quarterback Trent Green picked apart the Baltimore secondary, throwing no interceptions and avoiding all but one sack with a quick release and sound decisions.

Cornerbacks Chris McAlister and Gary Baxter allowed Johnnie Morton and unheralded Chris Horn to look a lot better than their press clippings. Green threw a touchdown pass to obscure tight end Jason Dunn in the first half.

3. The Chiefs absolutely dominated time of possession, holding the football for nearly 40 minutes.

4. With the Ravens trying to execute a two-minute drill in the fourth quarter, quarterback Kyle Boller fumbled for the second consecutive game. Wide receiver Kevin Johnson recovered the loose football, but the drive eventually stalled after a sack by Gary Stills.

5. Jamal Lewis, the reigning NFL Offensive Player of the Year, was limited to 73 yards on 15 carries.

Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times and Ravens Insider.

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