OWINGS MILLS, Md. — It’s been exactly one year since the Ravens knew what it felt like after a regular season loss. After Monday’s mincing at the hands of the champion Chiefs, they don’t intend to let the less-than-familiar feeling linger.
"One game is not going to change who we are or change what we do," said defensive tackle Brandon Williams. "We’re going to still keep coming after people. We’re still going to keep playing our game."
"There’s a lot of football left this season," added quarterback Lamar Jackson. "We can’t dwell on it. We’ve got to move forward and focus on Washington now."
The Washington Football Team comes into the game with a 1-2 record. It’s biggest strength, the defensive line, is banged up. Defensive tackle Matt Ionnidis is out for the year with a torn biceps. Rookie second overall draft pick, defensive end Chase Young is expected to miss the game with a groin injury.
"(Washington's) defensive line is pretty good," said Jackson. "Linebackers are pretty decent as well."
"We definitely got to account for Chase Young, and not just him, they have five first-round picks on their defensive front," said Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh. "If Chase plays that’s a guy we got to be alert for."
As for the Ravens' (2-1) defense, it goes from facing arguably the best quarterback in the game in Patrick Mahomes, to getting second-year QB Dwayne Haskins. In ten career starts he has eleven touchdowns an ten interceptions. He was picked three times last week in a loss to Cleveland.
The big concern around the NFL this week is the COVID outbreak within the Tennessee Titans organization. Wednesday the league postponed Sunday’s upcoming game between the Titans and Steelers to either Monday or Tuesday. This chain of events highlights just how fragile this 2020 season really is.
"A breakout can happen at any time. It can happen at any moment," said Harbaugh. "So, be as vigilant as we can. Do the best we can. Respect one another as much as we can. Respect that we’re all trying as best we can and then respond when something does happen, which I’m sure the NFL and the Titans will do. And just know the next team could be us. So, let’s do the best we can to hope it doesn’t happen and if it does happen we’ll try to work through it the best we can."