In this game-day staple, blogger Matt Vensel makes four sometimes-courageous predictions for the game. All he asks is that you don't hold it against him whenever those predictions end up being embarrassingly wrong.
The Ravens are rested up and presumably ready to go for Sunday afternoon's game against the
But the Ravens are focused on the Chiefs, and on avoiding a major letdown on the road. The Chiefs have won one game this season, they have lost two ugly games at
Am I saying the Ravens are going to lose Sunday? Nah. I picked them to win by 10 points. But the Chiefs will make it interesting. What other predictions do I foresee in my cloudy crystal ball? Keep reading to find out.
1. THE CHIEFS WILL HOLD THEIR FIRST LEAD THIS SEASON
It sounds crazy, but it's true: The Chiefs have yet to hold a lead this season, even in their lone victory. In Week 3, they had to overcome an 18-point deficit against the
2. ED DICKSON WILL BE MORE INVOLVED AS A RECEIVER
3. THE RAVENS WILL RACK UP 100 YARDS IN PENALTIES
I wrote about this after the Week 4 win over the Cleveland Browns, but penalties are an issue for the Ravens. Some have come in critical moments, and the sheer volume of them is staggering. The Ravens are tied for the most penalties in the NFL with 37 for a total of 330 penalty yards. They are on pace to set franchise records in those dubious categories. And you can't blame the replacement officials. After the Ravens were flagged 14 times for 135 penalty yards in Week 3, the real refs hit them up for 100 yards in penalties against the Browns. In a loud stadium against a desperate, agitated team, I see them eclipsing 100 penalty yards again Sunday.
4. HALOTI NGATA WILL RECORD AT LEAST ONE SACK