Pass protection holds up

After Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco was sacked once and pressured several more times in limited time against the Eagles, pass protection was much improved against Kansas City.

Flacco was not sacked, and although he was pressured a few times, he generally had time to read coverages and find his receivers behind a retooled offensive line with Oniel Cousins at right guard and rookie Jah Reid at right tackle.

On Wednesday, Harbaugh had expressed his desire to see Flacco not get sacked.

"I don't think we're going to look like we're at mid-season form," Harbaugh had said. "But I'd like to see us be solid in pass protection and get the run game going a little bit."

Chiefs outside linebacker Tamba Hali, who led the AFC and ranked second in the NFL in sacks with 14½ last yeaer, and recorded two sacks in the Ravens' 38-24 AFC playoff win in January, was kept at bay by left tackle Michael Oher.

Lewis, Yanda, Carr don't play

Three starters — inside linebacker Ray Lewis, right guard Marshal Yanda and Carr — did not play Friday night.

Lewis is dealing with his aunt's illness and Yanda has not participated since the team's preseason opener against the Philadelphia Eagles last Thursday.

Dannell Ellerbe started in place of Lewis and split a sack of Cassel with cornerback Lardarius Webb late in the first quarter. Cousins moved from right tackle to right guard, and Reid, the team's third-round pick, started at right tackle.

Other Ravens who did not play included running back Matt Lawrence, wide receiver James Hardy (hamstring) and offensive tackle Brady Bond (left calf/shin).

End zone

In the competition at tight end, Ed Dickson got the start, but he caught just one pass for four yards. Dennis Pitta also caught one pass for four yards. Both players were outgained by Kris Wilson, who finished with one reception for seven yards. … Kansas City's first field goal of the game was a gift from Webb, who botched a punt return. He was stripped by linebacker Justin Houston, and running back Jackie Battle recovered it at the Ravens' 15. … Despite assurances from Harbaugh and special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg that kicker Billy Cundiff would kick off so that the Chiefs would have to return the ball, all three of Cundiff's kickoffs in the first half resulted in touchbacks. … Kansas City's lone touchdown of the first half was posted by wide receiver Terrance Copper, who played in two games for the Ravens in 2008. … Flacco, free safety Ed Reed and linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo represented the Ravens for the pre-game coin toss. … The Chiefs were represented by four players, including three former Ravens in nose tackle Kelly Gregg, fullback Le'Ron McClain and Copper. Kansas City quarterbacks coach Jim Zorn, who held the same position with the Ravens last season, also returned.

edward.lee@baltsun.com