June 24, 2024

For the Baltimore Ravens and their supporters, the 2024 offseason has begun, albeit unsatisfactorily early for the majority, and general manager Eric DeCosta faces a challenging schedule. The Ravens’ 17-10 defeat to the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship game revealed that they could use more explosive playmakers to help quarterback Lamar Jackson on the offensive end of the field.

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Bleacher Report’s Kristopher Knox wrote an article about the AFC’s top teams and what they need to do to catch the Chiefs. For the Ravens, Knox’s idea is simple, “Find more offensive playmakers.”

The Ravens scored a touchdown on their second drive of the game. Yet, they were unable to put any further points on the board until the 4th quarter when there was 2:38 left in the game.

Knox wrote, “Against Kansas City’s second-ranked defense, Baltimore’s lack of elite playmakers other than Jackson loomed large.”

For the majority of the evening, the Ravens had the game within reach; yet, a few errors could have changed the result. Knox countered, saying, “The Ravens’ defense kept the Chiefs scoreless in the second half, which kept them in the game.” The offense was unable to fulfill its portion.

Jackson gave it everything he had to help the Ravens win; he rushed, passed, and even caught a pass. Knox commented, “They just need to be able to score more points in a game that they absolutely must win against teams like the Chiefs.”

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Other than Jackson, there weren’t many positive aspects about the Chiefs game. Despite having just five pass receptions and converting them into 115 receiving yards and a touchdown, rookie wide out Zay Flowers committed two crucial errors during the same drive.

In the regular season, Rashid Bateman, Nelson Agholor, and an aging Odell Beckham Jr. were adequate, but they were not able to match [Patrick] Mahomes and the Chiefs play-for-play, according to Knox.

The three receivers combined caught 5 balls for 63 yards, not what you expect from your WR2, WR3, and WR4. The Tight ends did not fare much better with only 4 catches combined.

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