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Week 14 Game Recap: Baltimore Ravens 24, Kansas City Chiefs 27

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Baltimore Ravens

Lamar Jackson and the Ravens offense were inconsistent against the Chiefs. Jackson continues to struggle to execute simple plays in the passing game but his creativity and play making ability allow the Ravens to put up points. The offense struggled when faced with unfavorable down and distances because of penalties, sacks, or unsuccessful early down plays. The Ravens offensive inconsistency was due in part to the pressure the Chiefs got with and without blitzing. Justin Houston and Dee Ford caused problems on the edge for the Ravens tackles. Willie Snead was the Ravens leading receiver and he made a number of nice plays on 3rd down. Kenneth Dixon and Gus Edwards split work with Dixon looking healthy and explosive. John Brown and Jackson connected for a touchdown but still seem to be struggling to develop chemistry.

Kansas City Chiefs

The Kansas City Chiefs beat the Baltimore Ravens 27-24 in overtime on Sunday, improving their record to 12-2. Patrick Mahomes completed 35 of 53 passes for 377 yards and two touchdowns with one interception. Running back Spencer Ware rushed 15 times for 75 yards, while also catching five passes for 54 yards. Fellow back Damien Williams rushed eight times for 14 yards and a touchdown, and caught four passes for 16 yards and added another touchdown through the air. Tyreek Hill caught eight passes for 139 yards, and Chris Conley caught two passes for 13 yards. Tight end Travis Kelce caught seven passes for 77 yards and a touchdown.

Baltimore Ravens

QB Lamar Jackson, 69 offensive snaps, Pass: 13 - 24 - 147 - 2 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 13 - 71 - 0
Lamar Jackson struggled with his consistency as a passer and his ball security for the second consecutive week. Jackson made some nice throws and plays on third down but there have not been enough positive plays in the passing game. This is part of the reason the Ravens are employing such a run heavy approach. However, the Ravens rushing attack was outstanding for the 4th consecutive week. The Ravens first touchdown drive consisted of 8 running plays and no passes. From the first possession to the last, the Ravens offensive line struggled to pass protect in obvious passing situations. Ronnie Stanley and James Hurst struggled while Justin Houston and Dee Ford both had strong games. Jackson kept the ball running an option play and followed nice blocks downfield on a 21 yard run. The run set up a 3 yard touchdown by Kenneth Dixon. A long methodical drive consisting of run plays and underneath passes culminated in Jackson found Maxx Williams in the flat off of play action for a 10 yard touchdown. Starting in excellent field position following a punt return Jackson connected with John Brown running a crossing route for a 9 yard touchdown. With the game tied and less than a minute remaining Jackson had the chance to set up a game winning field goal. Jackson was sacked and fumbled as Justin Houston came through the line unblocked. In overtime Jackson moved the offense to within 10 yards of Justin Tucker's field goal range to tie the game but a holding penalty followed by another sack essentially sealed the Ravens fate. Jackson was injured on the sack but after the game said he was good to go.

RB Gus Edwards, 31 offensive snaps, Rush: 16 - 67 - 0
Gus Edwards led the Ravens backfield in touches but Edwards was out played by Kenneth Dixon. Expect Edwards to continue to shoulder the majority of the early down work but Dixon could become the more valuable fantasy asset. Edwards played well and ran hard. Edwards consistently gained positive yardage and won collisions at the second level. Edwards followed a nice block from a pulling James Hurst and burst up the middle for 10.

RB Kenneth Dixon, 23 offensive snaps, Rush: 8 - 59 - 1, Rec: 1 - 21 - 0 (1 targets)
Kenneth Dixon stood out for the second consecutive week and should continue to earn more work going forward. Dixon seems to have surpassed Ty Montgomery on the depth chart with his strong play. Dixon got to the second level untouched running behind Marshal Yanda for 14 yards. Dixon beat an unblocked defender to the edge on his 3 yard touchdown run. Dixon appeared to have his momentum stopped at the line of scrimmage but shrugged off a tackler and ran over another for 15 yards. Dixon worked to get open as Jackson scrambled and Jackson found him wide open for 21 yards. Dixon pinballed his way through the middle of the Chiefs defense on consecutive plays for gains of 8 and 9.

WR Willie Snead, 51 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 61 - 0 (7 targets)
Willie Snead was Jackson's favorite target against the Chiefs. Snead made a catch over the middle running a slant for 10 yards on 3rd and 3. Snead made a 16 yard catch running a deep slant. Snead made a contested 5 yard catch on 3rd and 4 to help keep a scoring drive alive. Snead picked up 16 yards running a corner route from the slot. Snead made a tough 14 yard catch with a defender closing in to convert a 3rd and 7.

WR Michael Crabtree, 51 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 31 - 0 (4 targets)
Michael Crabtree made the most of his limited opportunities. All of the Ravens receivers are touchdown dependent to score fantasy points because of the limited volume in the passing game. made a nice sideline catch running a comeback for 12 yards. Crabtree made a nice move along the sideline for 8 yards on an underneath catch. Crabtree made a 10 yard catch that was negated by a weak offensive pass interference call. Crabtree made an 11 yard catch running a slant.

WR John Brown, 50 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 23 - 1 (6 targets)
John Brown continues to struggle to connect with Lamar Jackson. Jackson seems a little hesitant and off when throwing in Brown's direction even when Brown is open. Brown made his first catch on 3rd and 8 running a deep crossing route for 14 yards. Even on this 14 yard gain the ball was thrown behind Brown who had to stop and make an adjustment to secure the catch. Brown caught a 9 yard touchdown running a crossing route.

Kansas City Chiefs

QB Patrick Mahomes, 86 offensive snaps, Pass: 35 - 53 - 377 - 2 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 2 - -3 - 0
Patrick Mahomes completed 35 of 53 passes for 377 yards and two touchdowns with one interception, while also rushing two times for negative three yards. This was not the most efficient day for the Chiefs offense as the Ravens put constant pressure on Mahomes and held the offense to only four scoring drives in 10 possessions before overtime. Mahomes made some incredible plays, scrambling out of pressure and finding his receivers downfield. His biggest play of the day came on a fourth and nine with time running out in the fourth quarter and the Chiefs needing a touchdown. Mahomes took the snap out of the shotgun and faded back into the pocket. The Ravens got a great pass rush and quickly forced Mahomes out of the pocket to his right. Mahomes darted to the right sideline keeping his eyes downfield and right as he reached the line of scrimmage, with three Ravens surrounding him, he threw the ball across his body to the middle of the field where Tyreek Hill was running across the field. Mahomes hit Hill with a perfect pass, but the play still took Hill stepping up to beat a Raven to the ball, and then turned the ball upfield for a 48 yard gain. Mahomes also made a ridiculous no look pass where he was running to his right and threw across his body without look at his receiver. Mahomes first touchdown pass came with the Chiefs at the Ravens 15 yard line, facing a third and six. Mahomes took the snap out of shotgun and look to his right before throwing a beautiful lob pass with a lot of touch, to Travis Kelce who ran a fade route to the left side of the end zone. Mahomes final touchdown pass came with 53 seconds left in the game, and the Chiefs facing a crucial fourth and three from the Ravens five yard line. Mahomes took the snap out of shotgun and faded to his right, finding Damien Williams, who was running a quick out-route, and Williams was able to find the endzone for the game tying touchdown. This allowed the Chiefs to win the game outright on their first possession in overtime.

RB Spencer Ware, 41 offensive snaps, Rush: 15 - 75 - 0, Rec: 5 - 54 - 0 (5 targets)
Spencer Ware rushed 15 times for 75 yards and caught five passes on five targets for 54 yards. Ware was much more efficient in this game than he was last week, and the Chiefs really needed it with the offense struggling to move the ball through the air in the second half. With the Ravens blitzing Mahomes, Ware played a key role in the passing game, not only catching passes but also in pass protection. Unfortunately for Ware, Williams was the preferred option in the red zone, punching in one touchdown, and making the game tying touchdown reception. Ware has shown in the past that he is a solid goal line back so his opportunities should come, but bigger issue is that the Chiefs rolled with Williams nearly exclusively in the fourth quarter. Ware gained five or more yards on seven of his 15 rushes, and was gashing the Ravens in the third quarter, rushing for 12 and 13 yards on back to back runs. It remains to be seen how much volume Williams will see, but for now, it is safe to roll out Ware as a #2 RB, as the Chiefs offense is too good not to give him scoring opportunities.

RB Damien Williams, 43 offensive snaps, Rush: 8 - 14 - 1, Rec: 4 - 16 - 1 (5 targets)
Damien Williams rushed eight times for 14 yards and a touchdown, and caught four of five targets for 16 yards and a touchdown. Williams was not very effective with his touches, but he managed to vulture a short touchdown run from Ware, and then completely take him off the field in the fourth quarter. The fact that the Chiefs felt comfortable going to Williams on fourth down, late in the fourth quarter, needing a touchdown, says something about what his role is going to be moving forward. Ware is still the preferred option in terms of volume, but Williams has carved out a nice role for himself as a red zone and third down option for one of the best offenses in football. There is certainly value to be had here, the question is will he continue to take advantage of the limited opportunities.

WR Tyreek Hill, 65 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 6 - 0, Rec: 8 - 139 - 0 (14 targets)
Tyreek Hill caught eight passes for 139 yards on 14 targets, and rushed one time for six yards. This was a rough game for Hill, as he injured his wrist in the first quarter and came out of the game, and then came back only to injure his ankle in the second quarter, which forced him to the locker room early. It looked as though he was going to forced out because he was seen limping badly on the sidelines, yet he managed to somehow come back in the game. Hill made the play of the game on the aforementioned fourth and nine, and then caught three passes for 40 yards in overtime. Hill also hurt his foot on the play of the game, and it looks as though that is going to be the issue for him this week. Prior to the fourth and nine play, Hill had only four catches for 52 yards and it looked like another off day for Hill. He gutted through the pain though and turned in a great day for fantasy managers in the playoffs. The Chiefs play on Thursday night, and it looks like it’s going to be hard for Hill to be ready to go for that game.

WR Chris Conley, 85 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 13 - 0 (3 targets)
Chris Conley caught two passes for 13 yards on three targets in Sunday’s win over the Ravens. Conley was not a big part of the game plan, but it was also tough for the Chiefs to get anything going in the passing game in the second half. DeMarcus Robinson saw seven targets, but that was most due to the matchups that the Chiefs saw at that position. Conley is running as the #2 receiver behind Hill, and if Hill cannot go on Thursday, Conley will step in as the #1 receiver and have immediate value.

TE Travis Kelce, 85 offensive snaps, Rec: 7 - 77 - 1 (9 targets)
Travis Kelce caught seven passes for 77 yards and a touchdown on 14 targets in the Chiefs win over the Ravens on Sunday. Despite the Chiefs passing game struggling, Kelce was able to dominate the talented Ravens linebackers. He has proven time and time again that he is nearly impossible to cover, and the Ravens did not have a scheme to stop him. Kelce had 63 yards and a touchdown by the end of the second quarter, and the only thing that held him up from having a much bigger day was Mahomes struggles in the second half. Kelce’s touchdown pass came with the Chiefs at the Ravens 15 yard line, facing a third and six. Mahomes took the snap out of shotgun and look to his right before throwing a perfect pass to Kelce who was running full out into the left corner of the end zone. Kelce dusted his defender with a simple fake and then just outran the Ravens coverage to his spot before Mahomes literally put the ball on his hands for the touchdown.