"So, I don’t think our team is discouraged by any means. I think it’s just an opportunity to go see what happened, look at it, fix it up," said Smith.
The Ravens were humbled on “Monday Night Football” against the Kansas City Chiefs, losing to the defending Super Bowl champions, 34-20. The defeat ended the Ravens' 14-game regular-season winning streak, the longest in the NFL since 2015.
Here’s what NFL experts and analysts are saying about the Ravens and how they stack up against the rest of the league after Week 3:
NFL.com, No. 3 (No. 1 last week): “A humbling loss for the Ravens, who were ambushed by Patrick Mahomes and saw their own MVP, Lamar Jackson, struggle on a huge prime-time stage in a 34-20 loss to the defending champion Chiefs. It’s a huge missed opportunity for the Ravens, who kicked away a chance to put themselves on the inside track for a first-round bye and the No. 1 seed in the AFC with a win in their own building. It will be an uphill climb to achieve that goal now, and you wonder what kind of scars a one-sided rout like this might leave behind.”
Washington Post, No. 3 (No. 2 last week): “Lamar Jackson wasn’t very good against the Chiefs, and the Ravens simply didn’t look like themselves. The loss will be forgotten by playoff time. But the Ravens had better hope it doesn’t cost them the AFC’s top seed. The game also reinforced the notion that the Ravens aren’t so dangerous if they don’t play with the lead.”
ESPN, No. 2 (No. 2 last week): “[Marquise Brown] hasn’t exactly struggled, leading the Ravens with 156 yards receiving through three games. But he hasn’t exploded as expected after fully recovering from foot surgery. Take away a 47-yard grab and Brown is averaging a pedestrian 9.9 yards per reception. He has to make more strides before establishing himself as a viable No. 1 wide receiver in the NFL.”
USA Today, No. 4 (No. 1 last week): “Questions about QB Lamar Jackson’s ability to win – and even remain competitive in – marquee matchups will only further abound after Kansas City unceremoniously ended Baltimore’s 14-game regular-season winning streak.”
Yahoo Sports, No. 2 (No. 1 last week): “No, they’re not dropping far. Here’s why: I’d pick the Ravens to beat every other team in the NFL. The Chiefs are simply operating at a different level than everyone else right now, and proved that Monday night. The Bills, Packers, Seahawks, Steelers, whoever — they all would have gotten blasted on Monday night, too. The Ravens will be fine now that they won’t see the Chiefs anymore.”
Bleacher Report, No. 4 (No. 1 last week): “One game is hardly cause for panic. But seeing the Ravens get outclassed on both sides of the ball has to be a big concern for John Harbaugh. Mahomes and the Chiefs have now eluded Jackson three times, and given how this game went, it’s hard to imagine a fourth meeting in the playoffs going much differently.”
Sporting News, No. 3 (No. 2 last week): “Lamar Jackson has picked up where he left off in his MVP season. The defensive overhaul has looked pretty good for them, too, but losing to the more balanced, explosive Chiefs was frustrating.”