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Chiefs vs Ravens - Preseason Game 2

Posted Aug 15, 2011

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (0-1) AT BALTIMORE RAVENS (0-1)
FRIDAY, AUGUST 19, 2011 – 6:30 PM (CENTRAL)
M&T BANK STADIUM — BALTIMORE, MARYLAND

BROADCAST INFORMATION
CBS Regional Coverage
KCTV-5 (CBS in Kansas City)
Play-by-Play: Mike Kelly - Color Commentator: Trent Green - Sideline Reporter: Michael Coleman

Chiefs FOX Football Radio Network
KCFX-FM (101.1 FM in Kansas City)
Play-by-play: Mitch Holthus Color Commentator: Len Dawson Sideline Reporter: Kendall Gammon

THE MATCH-UP
Kansas City travels to Baltimore on Friday, Aug. 19 for each teams’ second preseason contest. Both clubs lost their preseason opener as the Chiefs fell 25-0 to the Buccaneers (8/12) and the Ravens lost 13-6 at Philadelphia (8/11).

The 2010 season marked a turning point for the Chiefs franchise as Head Coach Todd Haley’s squad turned in a 10-6 record after a 4-12 performance in 2009. It marked the best single-season turnaround in franchise history. The Chiefs won the AFC West Championship and earned a home playoff game for the first time since 2003.

Baltimore finished the 2010 season with a 12-4 record and a second-place finish in the AFC North. The club advanced to an AFC Divisional Playoff Game before falling at Pittsburgh (1/15/11) by a 31-24 score. The Ravens have advanced to the playoffs all three seasons (2008-10) under Head Coach John Harbaugh, posting a 32-16 (.667) regular season record in the process.

Kansas City ranked in the NFL’s top 10 in 10 different categories at the end of the 2010 season. The Chiefs won the league’s rushing title, registering 2,627 rushing yards. At home in 2010, the Chiefs gained a league-high 1,463 rushing yards, the third-highest mark in franchise annals.

The Chiefs finished 11th in the NFL a year ago, allowing 326 total points. Kansas City only allowed its opponents to score on 28.1% of their offensive drives, the seventh-lowest mark in the NFL. CB Brandon Flowers, LB Derrick Johnson and S Eric Berry each returned an interception for a touchdown, the fi rst time the club returned three interceptions for scores since 2003.

QB Matt Cassel begins his third season at the helm of the offense after garnering a Pro Bowl invite a year ago. RB Jamaal Charles finished second in the NFL in 2010 with 1,467 rushing yards to earn his first Pro Bowl invite. WR Dwayne Bowe caught a league-high 15 TDs and was elected to his initial Pro Bowl. On defense, Johnson paced the club with a career-high 147 tackles.

Kansas City hosts cross-state rival St. Louis on Friday, Aug. 26 in a Governor’s Cup contest. Baltimore hosts the Washington Redskins on Thursday, Aug. 25. The Chiefs will resume training camp in Kansas City on Sunday, Aug. 21.

THE SERIES
Kansas City is 3-2 in regular season play against Baltimore. The two teams met in an AFC Wild Card Game in 2010. The Ravens claimed a 38-24 victory on Opening Day of the 2009 season at M&T Bank Stadium (9/13/09). The contest was tied at 24-24 with 5:00 remaining before Baltimore pulled away. The Ravens recorded a 20-10 victory in their only regular season appearance at Arrowhead Stadium (12/10/06), snapping a streak of 18 consecutive December home wins by the Chiefs.

The Chiefs got their initial win of the 2004 campaign with a 27-24 victory on Monday Night Football at Baltimore (10/4/04). RB Priest Holmes racked up 125 rushing yards and a pair of TDs against his former club, while the KC defense registered 4.0 sacks. Dick Vermeil registered his 100th-career NFL coaching victory with a 17-10 triumph at Baltimore (9/26/03). WR Dante Hall became the fi rst player in NFL history to record a kickoff or punt return TD in three-consecutive games as he returned a kickoff for a 97-yard TD in that game. The Chiefs got their inaugural victory against the Ravens in ’99, as Kansas City posted a 35-8 win in a Thursday night contest at Baltimore (10/21/99). The Chiefs picked off Ravens QB Stoney Case three times, returning two of those INTs for TDs.

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