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Baltimore comes into the game tied with the Bengals atop the North at 3-1, with its lone loss coming in Philadelphia in Week 2.The Ravens rebounded with impressive wins over New England and Cleveland, extending its home winning streak to 13 games.
The Ravens, who played their first four games in an 18-day span, seek their first road win of the season against a bumbling Chiefs team that committed six turnovers in last week’s 37-20 loss to the Chargers. Kansas City boasts the NFL’s top offense at 441 yards per game but it has translated into only one win so far this season.
Baltimore Ravens(3-1): Coach John Harbaugh feels the Ravens are giving up too many yards – and he may be right, with the club ranked a surprising 25th in total defense at 390 yards allowed per game.
Three of the four quarterbacks the Ravens have faced this season – Michael Vick, Tom Brady and Brandon Weeden – have thrown from more than 300 yards against them. The offense – and Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco in particular – has had far more success.
Flacco is looking for his third straight 300-yard passing game after throwing for 382 and 356 yards in the previous two. Flacco has passed for 1,269 yards on the season, third-best in the league behind only Drew Brees (1,350) and Eli Manning (1,320). Anquan Boldin is the Ravens’ leading receiver with 19 receptions for 249 yards while Torrey Smith has 16 catches for 332 yards.
Kansas City Chiefs(1-3): The Chiefs have been in a giving mood all season – they rank last in the NFL in turnover margin at minus-13. Cassell has thrown seven interceptions – tied for the second-most in the league – and his quarterback rating of 70.4 ranks 29th.
Jamaal Charles is averaging an NFL-best 128 yards per game from scrimmage, with most of it (415 yards) coming on the ground. He is the league’s second-leading rusher behind Seattle’s Marshawn Lynch (423). Led by Charles, the Chiefs boast the NFL’s top rushing offense at 173.5 yards per game.
Kansas City is seeking its seventh straight win in October but is 0-2 at home this season. Wide receiver Dwayne Bowe is averaging 96.3 receiving yards per game with three touchdowns over his last three outings. He is averaing 6.3 receptions per game, tied for third in the league.
1. Since 2003, Boldin ranks second in the NFL among wide receivers with 726 catches, trailing only Reggie Wayne (809).
2. Bowe needs one touchdown to become the fifth player in franchise history with 40.
3. Ravens safety Bernard Pollard was selected in the second round of the 2006 draft by the Chiefs and spent three seasons in Kansas City (2006-08).