Contain Kansas City RB Priest Holmes
The Chiefs' wide receivers have been banged up -- starter Eddie Kennison is questionable with a hamstring injury -- so opposing defenses have been able to focus their attention on Holmes (a former Raven) and Pro Bowl TE Tony Gonzalez. Holmes's 351 rushing yards through three games are second in the NFL, and he needs only 59 yards to reach 5,000 yards for his career. NT Kelly Gregg, who missed the last two games after undergoing minor knee surgery, is expected to play, which is a boost for Baltimore's run defense.
The Ravens held Holmes to 90 yards and no touchdowns in last year's meeting.
No one has rushed for 100 yards against Baltimore since Miami's Ricky Williams did in the 10th game of the 2003 season (Nov. 16).
Consistency From QB Kyle Boller
Boller was intercepted three times as a rookie against Kansas City last year. Now, Boller has put together back-to-back interception-free performances for the first time in his career; he hasn't been picked off since the fourth quarter of the season opener, a 20-3 loss at Cleveland.
Last week against the Bengals, Boller completed a career-best 61.1 percent of his passes, and he didn't try to force throws, often choosing to run with the ball instead.
Keep Emotions in Check
The Ravens talked throughout the week about the excitement of "Monday Night Football" -- and how they rarely get the chance to play in the showcase game. This is only the fourth Monday night appearance for Baltimore, and the first in two years, which means that Boller and LB Terrell Suggs are making their "MNF" debuts. The Ravens are 3-0 in Monday night games.