Gridiron Gab Week Five Preview – Baltimore at Kansas City

The Chiefs last week were in a giving mood against the Chargers, turning the ball over six times as they floundered to their third loss in four games in 2012.

Sunday at home they play host to the Ravens, a team that has dreams of a Super Bowl running in their head, and at 3-1 come in well rested after 10 days off after beating the Browns last Thursday at home.

Kansas City suddenly is wondering what’s going to happen long term at the QB spot, as Matt Cassel is off to an awful start. The embattled quarterback has thrown seven interceptions and has fumbled three times, accounting for two-thirds of the team’s league-high 15 turnovers.

The Chiefs have been outscored 77-44 in losing their two home games, and have lost six of their last seven at Arrowhead.

“It starts with me,” said Cassel, who was intercepted three times in last Sunday’s 37-20 loss to San Diego. “I’ve got to do a better job of protecting the football and putting our team in a better situation to be successful.”

Coach Romeo Crennel felt the need to defend Cassel, opening his postgame press conference by stating he would remain the starting quarterback without even being asked.

“We just have to get him to be more consistent,” he said.

The Chiefs also need more from RB Jammal Charles, who put the ball on the ground twice in the loss to the Chargers. Two weeks ago Charles was unstoppable vs the Saints, but against the Bolts he was like the rest of the team, out of sync.

Turn the ball over against the Ravens and it will be another long day for KC. Baltimore has forced eight turnovers, and they will look to stop Charles, who has run for 325 yards in the last two games but now faces a Baltimore defense that’s allowed 2.4 yards per carry in its last two.

Joe Flacco and the Ravens offense has been solid early in the year, as Flacco has completed 28 passes in each of the past two games, totaling 738 yards. Torrey Smith was on the receiving end of 12 of those completions, accumulating 224 yards, while Anquan Boldin had 13 receptions for 179 yards.

The Ravens are rolling, and no matter how you break it down, it doesn’t appear the Chiefs have much of a shot in this one – and for good reason.

Baltimore 24 Kansas City 7

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