Without any doubt, the Ravens will attempt to force-feed a steady diet of Jamal Lewis at an improved Chiefs' defense that has played well against the run thus far in the 2003 season…. Starting rookie Kyle Boller at quarterback, Baltimore is limited in their big-play ability outside of Lewis and tight-end Todd Heap.
Jamal Lewis is a load and he is healthy. Playing with confidence and fully recovered from two significant knee injuries, Lewis combines an uncanny amount of speed and quickness into a 250-pound frame.
To stop Lewis is a major chore, containing him is what the Chiefs have set out to accomplish.
Lewis is too physically strong and powerful of a runner to be knocked off his feet with an arm tackle or a body shot. To deal with him effectively, the Chiefs must be physical and active in their approach to Lewis. A major part of Lewis' game is his ability to bounce off defenders and gain critical yards after contact.
Boller must become
more efficient in Brian Billick's offense. Having problems getting the wide
receivers into the game, the Ravens must find a way to improve the pass offense
and get the receivers involved. Accounting for only 14 receptions thus far in
the 2003 season,
Heading into this
game, the Ravens will look to control the clock. To accomplish this, the Ravens
must run the football and be effective in the short passing game. The
If the Chiefs struggle
defensively against this Ravens offense, they sport an offense that should
continue to light-up the scoreboard. Averaging over 36-points per game,
Trent Green has been
efficient, but is prone to throwing interceptions, mainly due to his aggressive
approach to the game. Against a
Throwing the underneath crossing routes should be an avenue the Chiefs take to get the ball in the hands of their receivers, who run well after the reception. If patient and successful, the Chiefs should have the opportunity to beat the secondary in single-coverage.
For the Chiefs to be
successful against this Ravens defense, they must run the football, a task that
can be difficult against a group of