Earl Thomas is eager to play high-octane Chiefs

Big Bad Morning Show
September 19, 2019 - 9:01 am

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By Austin Medina  

Just nine months ago, the Ravens traveled to Kansas City and lost a hard fought game 27-24.

The Ravens defense played well for most of the game, including two sacks and an interception of soon-to-be MVP Patrick Mahomes.

However Mahomes and the Chiefs stung the Ravens when it counted most, late in the game and on long down-and-distances.

With a 24-17 lead, the Ravens had the Chiefs in a 4th and 9 situation.

Who can forget the magical escape from Mahomes and the grab by wide receiver Tyreek Hill?

The big play set up the Chiefs to tie the game at 24-24 and the rest is history.

Nine months later, this Ravens defense looks a bit different. Sure they don’t have Terrell Suggs, CJ Mosley, or Eric Weddle. But the Ravens will have safety Tony Jefferson this time around. (Jefferson did not play last year in Kansas City.)

Also, Baltimore will have ball hawk Earl Thomas who signed in free agency in March. Thomas comes from a defense who hung their hat on shutting down exciting quarterbacks. He has been on defenses who shut down an MVP quarterback. Then with the Seahawks, Thomas and company shut down Peyton Manning to win Super Bowl XLVIII in 2014.

Thomas spoke on the upcoming matchup with the reigning league-MVP Mahomes.

For the Ravens, it will be crucial to eliminate those big plays this Sunday. Chiefs receiver Tyreek hill will not play in Sunday's matchup, giving the Ravens one less thing to worry about.

Thomas seems ready for the challenge and the Ravens should not lack confidence. After nearly defeating the Chiefs last season, Baltimore has what it takes to defeat them this Sunday.