Of all the Ravens games next season, which do you believe will be the hardest? A fan sent this question in to Ravens Rundown on Twitter.
So, most of the changes that are going to happen have happened to rosters across the NFL now that the 2021 NFL Draft and free agency are done. I did an article talking about the 5 teams that I thought will be the toughest opponents for the Ravens in the 2021 season.
Well, now I want to talk about the team I believe is going to give the Ravens a run for their money. Personally, I feel only a few teams could fit here, but I have to go with the Kansas City Chiefs. The Ravens still haven’t been able to beat them. And it’s probably still going to require beating them to get to the Super Bowl next season.
Ravens Games: Kansas City Chiefs
So, after reviewing all of the Ravens games set to be played in the 2021 season, the Chiefs still stand out to me as the toughest opponent. Sure, arguments could be made for the Brown Ravens games or the Ravens Packers game. But the Chiefs have proven to be too much for the Ravens the last 3 seasons in a row.
However, it’s not like the Ravens are incapable of beating the Chiefs. They just haven’t been able to get the job done when they needed to. Did they do enough this offseason to get past this hump? I believe so
But let’s take a look at what the Chiefs did this offseason:
The Chiefs took a few losses on the offensive line (Eric Fisher, Mitchell Schwartz, & Austin Reiter). It’s important to note, though, that they also traded the Ravens for Orlando Brown Jr. to fill one of those losses at tackle with a Pro Bowler. And then used the 2nd round selection they received from the Ravens to draft Nick Bolton (who will eventually replace ILB Anthony Hitchens).
The Chiefs also signed Austin Blythe to fill the hole at center, as well as bringing in center Creed Humphrey through the draft. Mike Remmers will most likely be the other replacement at tackle because he didn’t play awful for the Chiefs in 2020. Oh, and Laurent Duvernay-Tardif will return after opting out in 2020 due to the pandemic.
And perhaps the biggest move of all, the Chiefs signed guard Joe Thuney. So, the Chiefs are light years away from the terrible line they had during their Super Bowl loss to the Buccaneers. I do believe the Ravens won the Orlando Brown Jr. trade at this point, but we will have to wait and see. However, I was upset at first about the Ravens helping the Chiefs to finish filling what appeared to be their biggest weakness.
Here’s the thing, though, I believe the Ravens did enough to beat the Chiefs this year.
First of all, they added Sammy Watkins, which counts as a loss for the Chiefs, as well as a gain for the Ravens. Then the Ravens added two young WRs with a lot of potential in the draft (Rashod Bateman and Tylan Wallace). A big part of the problem with the Ravens beating elite AFC teams has been their inability to pass the ball when they needed to… well I see that changing with new WRs and new pass game specialist Keith Williams.
Lamar Jackson has shown he is more than capable of keeping up with Patrick Mahomes. He just needed some more help because the Chiefs have given Mahomes help. In 2021, this will be different from past Chiefs Ravens games. Not only do I think Baltimore can beat the Chiefs this time, but I believe the final score will be more than just a touchdown or a field goal.
Truly, I believe this is the year that the Ravens finally are able to bring it all together and get past the Chiefs (and the Bills if they have to in the playoffs). Lamar Jackson’s first words when the Ravens drafted him were that they were “going to get a Super Bowl” out of him. I truly believe that to be the case. In fact, I see Lamar Jackson bringing a few Super Bowls to Baltimore, as long as the front office is able to give him what he needs to succeed.
I see the additions of Sammy Watkins, Rashod Bateman, and Tylan Wallace as just enough to get Lamar Jackson and the Ravens there. I also could see Lamar Jackson getting another MVP next season too.
My super, super early score prediction for the 2021 Chiefs Ravens regular season game is 34 – 24, with the Ravens on top.
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