As far as the Ravens are concerned, any talk about the Kansas City Chiefs' offense begins and ends with running back Larry Johnson. The Ravens have faced other quality backs this season, such as Pittsburgh's Willie Parker and Cincinnati's Rudi Johnson. They also handled the league's top runner and player in San Diego's LaDainian Tomlinson, thanks in part to the conservative approach of Chargers coach Marty Schottenheimer.
But Larry Johnson is the prototype for big backs. He is that rare combination of power and speed who might someday scratch the surface of the group that includes Jim Brown and Earl Campbell. The Ravens know Johnson's style very well. He can dominate a game the way Jamal Lewis used to at the turn of the century.