Reed in right place at right time

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Ed Reed resisted his well-known tendency to gamble, and he was rewarded with a handsome jackpot. Instead of forcing the action as he has several times this season, Reed made a major contribution for the NFL's top-ranked defense by trusting his keys, reading the quarterback's eyes and executing his assignments the way they're drawn up by defensive coordinator Rex Ryan.

During the Baltimore Ravens' 20-10 victory Sunday over the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium, the former NFL Defensive Player of the Year safety intercepted quarterback Trent Green twice.

Meanwhile, Baltimore (10-3) improved to 4-0 when Reed intercepts more than one pass.

"When my coach comes up to me and congratulates me for doing a good job and being where I'm supposed to be, that is what means the most to me and just helping the team win," Reed said. In the first quarter, Reed broke cleanly on a mistimed Green pass intended for wide receiver Eddie Kennison that cornerback Chris McAlister deflected.

"The first one was just a good read," Reed said. "Really, both of them kind of came to me. I felt like it was going to get tipped because the wind was blowing and it had an effect on the passing game. It was just great communication on both sides as far as the cornerbacks go."

Following Chiefs running back Larry Johnson's 47-yard sprint in the second quarter, Reed salvaged the situation by intercepting a pass Green forced into traffic that was intended for wide receiver Samie Parker at the Ravens' 6-yard line.

"It's a problem for anybody," middle linebacker Ray Lewis said when asked about Reed's impact. "Ed Reed is a ball-hawk."

Green, who suffered a major concussion earlier this season against the Cincinnati Bengals, never really got into sync with his targets. He was sacked five times and completed just 15 of 27 passes for 178 yards and a 57.3 passer rating.

"We knew that this was his fourth game back after a concussion and he was out for a while and his rhythm wasn't going to be on point," Reed said.

Reed also played a major role in limiting the production of seven-time All-Pro tight end Tony Gonzalez.

One week removed from Green tossing four touchdowns, including two to Gonzalez, the man widely acknowledged as the NFL's top tight end only caught three passes for 31 yards.

With Reed, Dawan Landry and outside linebacker Adalius Thomas shadowing him, Gonzalez never really got involved in the offense as Kansas City lost three turnovers.

"We definitely wanted to take him out of the game because he's been their motor-starter on offense outside of Larry Johnson," Reed said. "We just wanted to take him out of the game and make him look for someone else and throw the ball to the outside."

Aaron Wilson covers the Baltimore Ravens for the Carroll County Times in Westminster, Maryland.

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