Halftime notes: Chiefs-Ravens

A few thoughts as the Chiefs and Ravens hit halftime at Arrowhead Stadium.

  • Joe Flacco has consistently attacked the Chiefs’ zone defense in the middle of the field. Boldin had a 27-yard gain on a crossing route over the middle and a 14-yard gain on an inside slant. T.J. Houshmandzadeh’s lone catch went for 28 yards over the middle. Todd Heap has gains of 12, 13, 13 and 21 yards. Flacco has thrown the ball 24 times.
  • Heap’s stat line: Seven catches, 81 yards. Both season highs.
  • That was rookie Eric Berry making a fantastic play to cap a goal line stand in the end zone on the opening drive of the game. Instead of down 7-0 to start the game, the Chiefs only trailed by three. Berry was all over the field in the first half, and was credited with 7 tackles.
  • Tamba Hali’s strip sack of Flacco late in the first quarter may prove to be an early game-changer. With 3:11 left in the quarter, the Chiefs had just three offensive snaps. Two plays later, Jamaal Charles took it to the house from 41 yards out. Great blocks by LT Branden Albert and TE Tony Moeaki on the play, and poor tackling by Dawan Landry and Ed Reed.
  • Battle of strengths: The Chiefs led the league in rushing this season (164.2 ypg), while the Ravens had the fifth-best run defense (93.9 ypg). So far, the edge goes to the Chiefs, who have 12 rushes for 96 yards. Charles has seven rushes for 87 yards.
  • Dwayne Bowe wasn’t targeted once in the first half.
  • Fantastic hustle from Ravens DE Terrence Cody to force the fumble by Charles. Cody didn’t give up on the play and made the hit 5-yards downfield.
  • The Ravens have a huge advantage in time of possession (20:31 to 9:14) and have run 42 plays to the Chiefs’ 17, but lead only 10-7.
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