The Kansas City Chiefs will travel to M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday night to take on the Baltimore Ravens in a potential playoff preview. The Chiefs are 1-0 as they are coming off a 33-29 home win over the Cleveland Browns where quarterback Patrick Mahomes went 27-of-36 for 337 yards and three touchdowns through the air and five rushes for 18 yards and a rushing touchdown. The Ravens are currently 0-1 and are coming off a 33-27 overtime road loss on Monday night against the Las Vegas Raiders where quarterback Lamar Jackson went 19-of-30 for 235 yards with a touchdown in the passing game and 12 carries for 86 yards in the rushing attack.
These teams are two of the best that the NFL currently has to offer and it will be a fun game to watch as two former NFL MVP winners square off. Let’s take a deeper dive into the matchup to determine where our bets should be.
Best WR in the GameThe Kansas City Chiefs are arguably the best offensive teams and a huge reason is the production from wide receiver Tyreek Hill. He has been incredibly efficient throughout his career and continued that in Week 1 against the Cleveland Browns. Hill finished with 11 receptions (15 targets) for 197 yards and a touchdown through the air and a four-yard rush as well. He was limited in his production last season against Baltimore as he finished that game with five catches (six targets) for 77 yards and a touchdown. However, this Ravens defense is depleted a bit so it will be interesting to see how they attack Tyreek Hill.
The Kansas City Chiefs defense struggled a bit in Week 1 this season as they took on the Cleveland Browns. They gave up 29 points on 457 total yards of offense (304 passing, 153 rushing). The Chiefs looked like they got into a groove as they allowed just seven points throughout the second half. A huge room for improvement is the fact that Cleveland finished with 8.2 yards per play in the game. Kansas City did force a pair of turnovers (one interception, one fumble recovery) so they can stop drives without any points. If the Chiefs can force field goals at worst, it will be a great sign for a Super Bowl favorite.
Double AgentThere aren’t many players that have played for the Chiefs and Ravens but one that has is wide receiver Sammy Watkins. He has been a hit-or-miss wideout throughout his career and Week 1 against the Las Vegas Raiders, he finished with four catches (eight targets) for 96 yards as he gets some chemistry with Lamar Jackson and the rest of the offense. Watkins led the team in both catches and targets so he needs to step up as both running backs JK Dobbins and Guys Edwards are out for the season. If the Ravens can draw up plays where Watkins can get open here, they can move the ball well.
The Baltimore Ravens defense struggled in their Week 1 matchup against the Las Vegas Raiders. They gave up 33 points on 391 yards of total offense (409 passing, 82 rushing) and the biggest story is the fact that this secondary is depleted. Cornerback Marcus Peters was the biggest name on the defensive side of the football and he is out for the season while they also have guys like Marlon Humphrey needing to stop top wide receivers. This Ravens defense could struggle if they cannot figure out how to game plan around their injuries and continue to be pushed around.
- Baltimore: 2-5 ATS in their last 7 September games
- Baltimore: 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games following a loss
- Kansas City: 12-3 ATS in their last 15 September games
- Kansas City: 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games after having 350+ total yards of offense