John Harbaugh: Ravens’ defense is different than last time we played the Chiefs

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When the Ravens faced the Chiefs last season, it did not go well for Baltimore’s defense. Patrick Mahomes threw for 374 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions, Kansas City added 140 yards on the ground, and although the Ravens’ offense rallied in the fourth quarter, the Chiefs won 33-28.

When the Ravens face the Chiefs on Monday night, Baltimore coach John Harbaugh thinks it will be different. Harbaugh said today that the arrival of cornerback Marcus Peters in a trade last year has had a big impact on the defense, as has the emergence of cornerbacks Marlon Humphrey and Jimmy Smith.

“We’re a different defense in a lot of ways,” Harbaugh said. “Marcus, of course. We’ve got Marlon’s grown, Jimmy is in a great role, we’ve added defensive linemen, we’ve got young linebackers, we’ve added a lot to our defense, we’ve added some scheme as well. It’s just different. It’s never the same. I’m glad Marcus is here and he’s going to be a factor in that game, no question about it. He’s a guy that they’re going to have to understand where he’s at at all times and I’m sure they’re thinking about that as they prepare.”

The Ravens’ defense has looked excellent so far this year. But they haven’t faced an offense like the Chiefs.

15 responses to “John Harbaugh: Ravens’ defense is different than last time we played the Chiefs

  1. Ravens will roll the Chiefs. Loss of Tayvon young as nickel hurts but the depth on this team is unbelievable and testament to what a great front office the Ravens have!

  2. Should be a great game, I’d give the edge to the Chiefs if it were in KC since they have fans in their stadium. In Baltimore I think it’s a tossup.
    Winning Team 35
    Losing Team 31

  3. Chiefs will score plenty – Ravens can’t panic and ask Lamar to throw the ball 50 times – run the ball, own the clock

  4. Is Peters still doing his own thing on defense, or has he finally started to accept coaching and assignments?

    He’s super talented, but last time I saw him playing regularly, he was the mad scientist in the lab mixing up his own concoctions, punting balls into the crowd, arguing with zebras and coaches, running away from tackle attempts on the field and generally tuned into his own FM station listening to his own chart topping singles.

  5. If these two teams don’t meet in the AFC Championship it would be a loss to the fans. Star players on both teams with an amazing supporting cast and coaches

  6. “He’s a guy that they’re going to have to understand where he’s at at all times and I’m sure they’re thinking about that as they prepare.””
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    This comes across as incredibly smug. Why not just stay silent and motivate your own team instead of providing bulletin board material for the opponent? And if Peters doesn’t have a great game it’ll be fun hearing Harbaugh explain what went wrong.

  7. 6ringsandarapist says:
    September 24, 2020 at 12:27 pm
    This makes up for Thursdays crappy match up…Miami/Jacksonville…How is this a prime time game???
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    Did you actually see the game? I’m thinking it’s going to be an awesome game. The national audience is finally going to see the greatness of Gardner Minshew. It’s finally starting to sink in that he is not a fluke.

  8. Can’t wait to watch these teams battle it out. Winner will probably face the Steelers in the AFC championship game. Big Ben will be sitting on the couch Monday night chugging a bucket of Rolling Rocks. Laughing to himself the whole time as he makes mental notes on how he’s going to pick apart the Ravens D come 10/25. It’s great to have football back.

  9. mogogo1 says:
    September 24, 2020 at 12:43 pm

    This comes across as incredibly smug. Why not just stay silent and motivate your own team instead of providing bulletin board material for the opponent? And if Peters doesn’t have a great game it’ll be fun hearing Harbaugh explain what went wrong.
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    I heard the interview, not smug at all. The entire interview was an Andy Reed, Patrick Mahomes, and Chiefs love fest. The question was asked by a reporter that, “last year you didn’t have Marcus Peters, how is that different and how does that help this defense?”. He basically praised his player for how special he’s been as a Raven like any coach would, went on to explain how the defense is different all around, not just Marcus, and said that he’s sure the Chiefs are going to want to know where Marcus is at all times. He was praising his player, not taking shots. John admitted during the interview that he and Andy talk all the time. Andy, along with Belichick, are John’s mentors. Don’t think Andy’s going to care 2 cents about John praising his CB. Most likely, Harbaugh reached out to Andy before acquiring Marcus as he use to play for the Chiefs.

  10. pittsburghdamned says:
    September 24, 2020 at 3:15 pm

    “But we still have a running back playing Qb for now”
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    However talented he is running the ball, I do not buy into the narrative that he’s not extremely dangerous throwing the rock. Just searching “Lamar Jackson Passing” on Youtube would seem to support this. I also think Baltimore has gotten better this year by adding more weapons (and no, I’m not a Baltimore fan).

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