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Instant Analysis: Ugly win for the Ravens

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Jeff Zrebiec, Ravens reporter: The Ravens' performance spurred a number of concerns, from the run defense in the first half to an uneven effort by the offense to the failure to take control of a game the Chiefs were begging them to take. Feel free to fixate on those things, but the bottom line is the Ravens lost this game last year in Jacksonville, in Nashville and in Seattle. There's a lot worse places to be than 4-1 in the AFC North and awaiting a struggling Cowboys team at home.

Mike Preston, Ravens columnist: The NFL might be pass-happy, but a team needs to be able to stop the run to win a championship.

Aaron Wilson, Ravens reporter: Ravens pull out lackluster, ugly victory over Chiefs, but it counts nonetheless. Troubling game for run defense and offense failed to capitalize on Chiefs' generosity with four turnovers. Chiefs are a terrible football team, and Ravens seemed to play down to their level. Still, the Ravens are 4-1 for the third consecutive year and improved to 8-1 under John Harbaugh against the AFC West.

Edward Lee, Ravens reporter: The optimist will say that a win is a win, and perhaps a few weeks from now, we won't even remember the score of this game. But the Ravens were lackluster in their first game since Sept. 27, and you can't pin this on the defense. That unit forced four turnovers and put the offense in a position to get points. Joe Flacco looked unimpressive in the pocket and held on to the ball way too long on at least half of the Chiefs' sacks. It was good to see the offense turn to Ray Rice to ice the game, but the talented running back needs to get the ball more often.

Ron Fritz, sports editor: Not sure why the Ravens keep playing down to their opponents on the road, but this was one ugly game. The offensive line certainly needs more work because it was abused by the Chiefs. The defense couldn’t stop the run, which makes you wonder why the Chiefs were throwing the ball at all. A win is a win, though, and the Ravens are 4-1.

Matt Vensel, Ravens reporter/blogger: It wasn't pretty, but the Ravens allowed the Chiefs to beat themselves on Sunday afternoon. The Chiefs gave the football away four times and took a boatload of penalties, and the Ravens avoided their own back-breaking mistakes. The key in this one was tightening up against the run. After Jamaal Charles ran all over them in the first half, the Ravens played much better in that area in the second. That was the only offense that K.C. had.

Peter Schmuck, Sun columnist: The Chiefs really are better than their record, but that's no excuse. They undressed the Ravens run defense and would have won this game if they could hold onto the ball.

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