Instead, they focused on the pounding presence of running backs Mark Ingram II and Gus Edwards. On the defense holding Patrick Mahomes’ high-octane attack scoreless in the first quarter. And on quarterback Lamar Jackson, who persevered through an overall lackluster passing performance to march the team downfield multiple times in the second half, dancing around defenders the goal line to run the final touchdown in himself.
“When tested, we’re going to hang with the best of the best of the NFL,” said Luke Smith, 27, of Federal Hill, who watched at Mother’s Bar and Grille on South Charles Street.
In that first major test, in Week 3 of a challenging regular-season schedule, fans were divided on the gutsy play calling of coach John Harbaugh and his staff, which resulted in two missed 2-point conversion attempts and a turnover on downs on a fourth-and-2 in Ravens territory that led to the Chiefs’ second touchdown.
“Individual players can play as hard as they can,” said Rejie Abraham, 28, of Catonsville. "But if the coaching staff makes big mistakes, it’s over.”
Smith said he liked the aggressive calls, which he said showed the Ravens were “not afraid to risk it.”
“Trust the ball in Lamar’s hands,” he said. “It was nice to see us come out of the half and trust the ball on the run.”
As the game ended, Eric Moore, 28, of Baltimore wished Harbaugh had taken a more conservative approach.
“Don’t go for 2. Don’t gamble," he said. “You took points off the board.”
The Chiefs’ first possession was all Candice Beitler needed to see.