With the Kansas City Chiefs marching down the field during the final minutes of Sunday night’s game against the Ravens, rookie outside linebacker Odafe Oweh might have had his “welcome to the league” moment.
As Chiefs running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire rushed up the middle to the Ravens’ 32-yard-line, Oweh burst through the offensive line to strip the ball away and recover it to help the Ravens secure a 36-35 victory at M&T Bank Stadium. Oweh ran to the end zone with his teammates while 70,417 fans jumped from their seats in celebration.
Four plays later, the Ravens converted a fourth-and-1 on their own 43 to seal their first win of the season.
“The [offensive lineman] was holding me a little bit so I couldn’t get out there the way I wanted to,” Oweh said. “But I got there as much as I could to slap the ball out. Once I saw the ball out, I said, ‘Oh yeah, it’s time.’”
Heading into the season, Oweh looked like a player who could make an impact in his first year in the NFL. Oweh, a first-round draft pick out of Penn State, came into training camp with the size and speed to strengthen an already solid Ravens defense. “Obviously, I want to impact every game I play,” Oweh said. “I’m just out there hooping.”
Oweh recorded a sack in his NFL debut against the Las Vegas Raiders. On Sunday night, he delivered when it mattered most. With the Ravens trailing 35-24 late in the third quarter, Oweh pressured quarterback Patrick Mahomes, forcing him to throw an interception to cornerback Tavon Young as he was falling to the ground.
“I tried to impact Mahomes as much as I can,” Oweh said. “I’m mad he was able to get off the ball, but Tavon was able to take care of business and get the pick.”
Ronnie Stanley might be out for a while
Ravens coach John Harbaugh said left tackle Ronnie Stanley (ankle), who was inactive Sunday night, was not close to playing against the Chiefs.
“We are going to look at that whole situation,” Harbaugh said. “We’ll have more for you probably in the next week to week and a half.”
Stanley, who made his first start against the Raiders last week since his season-ending ankle injury against the Pittsburgh Steelers in November, did not practice this week.
Despite the absence of Stanley and left guard Tyre Phillips, Harbaugh praised the offensive line’s performance in the victory. After Jackson was pressured on 54.5% of his drop-backs against the Raiders, the 2019 NFL Most Valuable Player was only pressured on 22.2% on Sunday.
Alejandro Villanueva shifted from right tackle to left, where he played six seasons with the Steelers. Meanwhile, Patrick Mekari stepped in at right tackle. “They stepped up big time,” Harbaugh said. “For Alejandro to move over and play the way he did ... I tried to give Lamar a high-five, but he comes up and says ‘Coach, the [offensive line].”
Hollywood Brown lives up to the name ‘Primetime Jet’
Ravens receiver Marquise “Hollywood” Brown calls himself “Primetime Jet,” and for obvious reasons. With the lights shining bright and the stadium rumbling, Brown put on a show in front of a national audience, recording 113 yards and a touchdown on six receptions and averaging 18.8 yards per catch.
“Primetime Jet,” Brown said. “I love prime-time games. I just want to be consistent each week.”
Brown didn’t think he would play, as an ankle injury kept him out of practice on Wednesday and Thursday and limited him on Friday. But when Brown woke up this morning, he was locked in on doing whatever he needed to help the Ravens win.
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Brown made a momentum-shifting play in the first drive of the third quarter when he caught a 42-yard touchdown pass from Jackson, who leaped into the air before making the throw. “I was like ‘Oh, he’s throwing,’” Brown said. “It’s crazy because it was giving me Cleveland vibes [of last year’s 47-42 win over the Browns], but it was cool.”
Whenever Brown would catch the ball, he was always looking to gain more yards with his legs. Brown said in the past he was playing scared because of his foot. Brown injured his foot during the Big 12 championship game at Oklahoma in 2018 and would later have Lisfranc foot surgery.
“I was like ‘catch, get down,’ ‘catch, get down,’” Brown said. “Once coach Keith Williams and Tee Martin came, they flipped my mindset back to ‘You are not in this forever. You can’t waste opportunities.’ Each week I want to get the most I can.”
>> Jackson punctuated his go-ahead rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter by flipping into the end zone then launching the ball 40 yards into the air. “I played and fell on my butt cheek,” Jackson said. “But I’m good. We had another drive in us.”
>> During the third quarter, the Ravens recognized track runner and Olympic gold medalist Sydney McLaughlin as well as former Raven and Chief Lionel Dalton, who recently received a new kidney after a much-publicized search after his diagnosis of end-stage kidney failure.
>> The Ravens paid tribute to actor Michael K. Williams, who recently died, with the Omar Little whistle during the team’s introduction. Omar was a character Williams played in the hit television show “The Wire.”