Key players missing from Chiefs-Ravens AFC Championship Game rematch

There will be some notable names missing from the big rematch to kick off the season.
Kansas City Chiefs, L'Jarius Sneed
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Patrick Queen, LB, Baltimore

Two key Baltimore defenders will not be taking the field in this one, starting with linebacker Patrick Queen, who spurned the Ravens for a division rival. Queen opted to sign a free agent deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers, this offseason, leaving quite the distaste in the mouths of Ravens fans. Queen was second on the team in tackles during that game against Kansas City, coming up with seven altogether.

Last season, Queen finished second on the Ravens in total tackles with 133, so they'll be missing a huge part of that defense. Last year's third-round pick, Trenton Simpson, will be stepping into the vacated role from this point on.

Jadeveon Clowney, DE, Baltimore

Once the first overall pick back in the 2014 NFL Draft, pass rusher Jadeveon Clowney put up a career year last season with the Ravens, posting 9.5 sacks. In last year's game against the Chiefs, the Ravens' defense was only able to sack Patrick Mahomes twice all afternoon, but one of those sacks came at the hands of Clowney.

Without Clowney, the Ravens will be depending on veterans Kyle Van Noy, Odafe Oweh, and David Ojabo along with rookie Adisa Isaac out of Penn State.