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Joe Flacco, Ravens deep passing game could cause Chiefs major problems

Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is completing deep passes at a higher rate than any point in his career. The Chiefs have struggled against the pass this year, and could be in for a long afternoon Oct. 7.

Evan Habeeb-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

The Chiefs have faced some powerful passing offenses through four games in the 2012 season.

Sunday, in Week 5, they may see the one playing better than all of them.

Baltimore's Joe Flacco leads the NFL with 14 completions of passes over 25 yards and is completing 39.4 percent of passes over 20 yards.

The Chiefs are 31st in the NFL with an opponents' passer rating of 114.7. They've also allowed 10 passing touchdowns -- second-highest in the league -- and are surrendering eight yards per attempt -- the fifth-highest amount in the NFL.

Opening up the Ravens' deep passing attack is the running and receiving threat of running back Ray Rice. He leads the Ravens with 22 catches -- his 174 yards are third on the team -- and has 317 rushing yards and a five yards per carry average.

Rice's ability to draw safeties toward the line of scrimmage help free up speed demon Torrey Smith for single coverage on the outside. It will take a full team effort for the Chiefs to contain Baltimore in their Week 5 matchup, scheduled for noon CT on Oct. 7.