Chiefs vs. Ravens: 12 Stats to Know

Here are 12 things to know as the Chiefs prepare for Sunday’s game against the Ravens

The Kansas City Chiefs (8-5) travel to take on the Baltimore Ravens (4-9) on Sunday afternoon as they try and pick up their eighth consecutive victory.

Here are 12 stats to know about Sunday's matchup:

1. Chiefs vs. Ravens: Series History

Sunday afternoon's matchup will be the seventh time the Chiefs and Ravens have played in the regular season. In the previous six games, the series is tied at 3-3. The two teams met in a 2010-11 AFC Wild Card playoff game, a game the Ravens came out on top, 30-7.

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The Chiefs are 3-1 all-time at M&T Bank Stadium, and Sunday's game will be the first time the Chiefs have played in Baltimore since the first week of the 2009 season.

Chiefs coach Andy Reid is 2-1 in three career meetings against Baltimore.

2. We're going streaking!

The Chiefs became just the second team in NFL history to win at least seven consecutive games following a five-game losing streak in the same season, joining the 1970 Cincinnati Bengals.

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The 1970 Bengals won exactly seven games to close out the season after starting 1-6, and they're the only team in NFL history to start 1-5 or worse and make the playoffs in the same season.

The Chiefs seven-game win streak is tied for the second-longest streak in franchise history, behind just a pair of nine-game streaks (2003 and 2013).

The Chiefs point differential over the past seven games (plus-120) is the best in the NFL during that time.

3. Marcus Peters is climbing the charts

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Peters is tied for third in the NFL with 19 passes defensed this season, which is a franchise record for a rookie with the Chiefs.

Here's a look at how his rookie year compares with some of the best seasons of any cornerback in franchise history in regards to passes defensed.

Passes Defensed (Season) - Franchise Record

Rank

Passes Defensed

Player

Year

1

25

Brandon Carr

2010

2

23

Brandon Flowers

2009

3t

21

Cris Dishman

1999

3t.

21

Mark McMillan

1997

5

20

Brandon Flowers

2011

6t.

19

Marcus Peters

2015

6t.

19

Brandon Carr

2009

6t.

19

Dale Carter

1996

4. Despite streak of no interceptions ending last Sunday, Alex Smith on pace for career year

Alex Smith may have thrown an interception for the first time in 312 pass attempts (the second-longest streak in NFL history - Tom Brady, 358, New England, 2010-11) last Sunday against the San Diego Chargers, but he's still on pace for a few other career marks.

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Smith has thrown for 3,034 yards already this season and at this point needs just 280 more to break his career best of 3,313 set back in 2013—his first year with the Chiefs. Also, his 7.60 yards per attempt is the best mark of his career in seasons he's played in at least 11 games.

Smith's 27 wins as the starting quarterback of the Chiefs also has him tied with Trent Green (2001-03) for the most in a player's first three years with the franchise.

5. The turnover battle

The Chiefs rank second in the NFL with a turnover differential of plus-12 this season, trailing only the Carolina Panthers (plus-18).

The defense has grabbed 18 interceptions, which over the past 15 years has only been surpassed three times (2003-25, 2011-20, 2013-21).

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Seven players have multiple interceptions for the Chiefs this season, only surpassed in franchise history by the 1968 team, which had nine players with multiple interceptions, and the 1984 team, which had eight players who fit that category.

Marcus Peters leads the Chiefs with 5 interceptions, then six players have 2 (Derrick Johnson, Ron Parker, Eric Berry, Sean Smith and Justin Houston) and Tyvon Branch has 1.

The Chiefs have given away the ball 12 times this season, which has led to just 36 points—sixth-fewest in the NFL this season.

The Ravens have given away the ball 23 times this season and that has resulted in 88 points, second-most in the league.

6. Two teams meet that find any way to score

The Chiefs and Ravens have both had 4 miscellaneous touchdowns this season, which tie them for the sixth-most in the NFL.

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The Ravens have had 1 pick-six touchdown return, 1 punt return touchdown, 1 fumble recovery returned for a touchdown and an amazing blocked field goal with no time left on the clock that was returned for a touchdown against the Cleveland Browns to win on Monday Night Football three weeks ago.

The Chiefs have 3 interceptions returned for touchdowns and a fumble recovery for a touchdown.

7. Ravens love using the single-tight end formation

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The New York Giants are the only team in the NFL that has used a single-tight end look more than the Ravens this season.

The Giants have done that 573 times, while the Ravens have used that formation 498 times this season.

In comparison, the Chiefs have gone with that 374 times, which ranks 12th in the NFL.

Interestingly enough, the Chiefs have used double-tight end formations just 128 times this season, which ranks near the bottom of the NFL (No. 26).

8. The Chiefs haven't let opposing teams score from deep;  the Ravens have

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The Chiefs defense has only allowed opponents to score 59 points from outside of the red zone this season, which ranks as fifth-best in the NFL.

On the flipside, the Ravens have allowed 119 points from outside of the red zone, which ranks 30th in the NFL.

Therefore, it makes sense that the Ravens passer rating against on passes that travel at least 21 yards in the air ranks 30th in the NFL at just 47.2. 

9. Success in blitz situations on both sides of the ball

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The Chiefs defense ranks fifth in the NFL in allowing a passer rating of just 72.9 when they are blitzing.

The Ravens defense ranks second-to-last in the NFL by allowing a passer rating of 121.2 when they are blitzing.

On the offensive side of the ball, Alex Smith has a passer rating of 110 against the blitz, completing 66 percent of his passes with 8 touchdowns and just 1 interception. That's good enough to rank third in the NFL, trailing just Tom Brady (121.5) and Russell Wilson (119).

The Ravens quarterbacks have a passer rating of 75.6 against the blitz, which ranks 26th in the NFL.

10. Average margin of victory

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The Chiefs rank second in the NFL with an average margin of victory of 15.8 points (Seattle, 16.5), while the Ravens have won their four games this season by an average of just 3.75 points, which ranks last in the NFL.

Three of the Ravens wins are by 3 points and the fourth was by 6, but eight of their nine losses have been by just one possession, averaging losing by just 4.25 points.

During their seven-game winning streak, the Chiefs have outscored their opponents 204-84.

11. Jeremy Maclin closing in on 1,000 yards

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One of general manager John Dorsey's biggest moves of the offseason was signing veteran receiver Jeremy Maclin to a long-term deal when free agency first began.

After 13 games, Maclin now finds himself just 65 yards shy of just the second 1,000-yard receiving season of his career.

Maclin has caught 72 passes for 935 yards and 5 touchdowns this season. He also needs just 14 receptions to break his personal best of 85 set last year with the Eagles.

12. Tamba Hali needs just one more sack

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With one more sack, veteran linebacker Tamba Hali would have 87 for his career and would move into second place on the all-time list for the Chiefs, passing former great Neil Smith (86.5).

Hali has 6.5 sacks this season.


LAST TIME THEY MET

Quarter 4 photos from the Chiefs v Ravens game.

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