Instant analysis from Baltimore Sun reporters and editors after the Ravens' 34-14 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Jeff Zrebiec, reporter: The Chiefs are the the team that the Ravens used to be. In routing the Ravens, the Chiefs flashed an opportunistic offense and a defense that doesn't just force turnovers, but scores points. The Ravens? They stayed true to form, making a flurry of mistakes and getting overmatched throughout. This season can't end soon enough for this group.

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Mike Preston, columnist: I blame the Ravens' loss on the gold pants. I could blame it on the lack of a running game, the fake punt or the fumble, but I've been pointing to those things all year. I need something different. It's a stretch, but I'm staying with the gold pants. That's my opinion and I'm sticking with it.

Jon Meoli, reporter: The score might indicate this was a lot like last week's blowout loss to the Seahawks, but it wasn't really. The Ravens made two big mistakes — Buck Allen's first-half fumble, and Jimmy Clausen's first interception as they drove to make it a one-score game in the fourth quarter. Both were turned into touchdowns, and compounded by the short field from the failed fake punt, it was too much for a depleted Ravens team to overcome. Most teams in their position would give up by now. The Ravens, by and large, haven't, but there's only so much you can do when every misstep is so costly.

Alexander Pyles, Ravens editor: The Ravens were actually in this one until fewer than five minutes remained in the fourth quarter, when Jimmy Clausen's pass was intercepted and returned for a touchdown. The offense was otherwise driving down the field and seemed poised to cut Kansas City's lead to six points. Instead, the Ravens went down 20 and lost their second straight game by double digits after the first 12 games of this season were decided by eight points or fewer. It's been a long season. Two games left.

Peter Schmuck, columnist: Both the Ravens and Chiefs remained in character throughout. The Chiefs remain on the rise, making big plays on defense and grinding it out on offense while the Ravens keep making the same mistakes and committing key penalties. Things probably won't be getting much better over the next couple of weeks.

Childs Walker, reporter: Two turnovers and a late-hit penalty led directly to 21 points for the Chiefs. The Ravens aren't good enough to overcome such a large handicap. In that sense, the story of the game was clear. Ravens fans can't be happy to see would-be future stars Timmy Jernigan and Buck Allen as the parties responsible for such errors. But the score obscured a solid effort from the Ravens' defense, and quarterback Jimmy Clausen again played fairly well, despite two interceptions. As blowout losses go, this one was more competitive than last week's 35-6 decimation by the Seattle Seahawks.

Ron Fritz, sports editor: The same mistakes that doomed the Ravens earlier in the season, when they weren't starting backups at nearly every position, decimated them again Sunday. They play hard, but just make crucial errors every single game.

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