It’s hard to call the second game of the season a must-win, but it gets tougher to reach the postseason the longer it takes for that first W. So, the Week 2 Sunday Night Football game is kind of a big deal for the Baltimore Ravens, who look to wash away the disappointment of Monday night’s loss while ending a five-game losing streak to the two-time defending AFC champion Kansas City Chiefs.
If you like offense this should be a good one. The teams averaged over 53 points in the previous four meetings with three of them going over the total. The over/under opened as the highest on the Week 2 betting board at 55.5 with the visitors laying 3.5-points on the line.
The Week 2 matchup between the Kansas City Chiefs and Baltimore Ravens will take place at MT Bank Stadium at 8:20 p.m. ET on September 19 and will be televised on NBC.
Kansas City Chiefs vs Baltimore Ravens Odds
Kansas City Chiefs -3.5 | Baltimore Ravens +3.5 [BET NOW]
Kansas City Chiefs vs Baltimore Ravens Money Line
Kansas City Chiefs -200 | Baltimore Ravens +170 [BET NOW]
Kansas City Chiefs vs Baltimore Ravens Over/Under
Over/Under 55.5 [BET NOW]
All the Chiefs do is win football games. They triumphed in a number of close games last season and overcame a deficit to beat Cleveland 33-29 at home in their opener. The end result in those games was nice, but KC backers have been tormented with the team going 2-9 ATS over its last 11 games last year and failing to cover the 5.5-point line against the Browns.
With their starters on the field the Chiefs played as a dog just once last season, catching 3.5-points in their Week 3 tilt at Baltimore. KC won for the fourth consecutive time in the series, 34-20, improving to 4-1 ATS in the last five hookups. The roles are reversed this year with KC sitting as a 3.5-point favorite against a battered Ravens club that never trailed until overtime in last week’s loss to Vegas.
Kansas City Chiefs
With Patrick Mahomes behind center the Chiefs have shown they can blow teams out and that they can also win close games. The early returns have this season looking a lot like last season. KC was 9-1 SU and 1-9 ATS in one score games during 2020 campaign and started the new season with a comeback win over Cleveland. They trailed 22-10 at one point before Mahomes and the offense started to click.
It was vintage Mahomes as he finished with 337 passing yards and three touchdowns while adding another score on the ground. And we just saw Baltimore’s defense, without Marcus Peters and Jimmy Smith, get shredded for over 400 yards through the air by Derek Carr. Even with those guys in the lineup last year Mahomes threw for 385 yards and four touchdowns in KC’s 34-20 victory. The Chiefs would like to have more balance in their attack. Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce were targeted 26 times on Mahomes’ 36 passes. But if they continue to produce why change things?
It looked like it was going to be a long day when the Browns scored a touchdown on their first three drives. The D stiffened, sort of, in the second half, forcing a pair of turnovers. The group could get stronger with Tyrann Mathieu and Frank Clark expected to play on Sunday.
Even with all their injuries the Ravens closed as a 3-point favorite for last week’s game with Las Vegas. And things looked good early jumping to a 14-0 lead. It appeared as though Lamar Jackson tried to do too much and the Ravens paid the price. Jackson lost two fumbles that the Raiders converted into touchdowns, including the game-winner in overtime. You couldn’t really blame the former MVP with his backfield a mess following the losses of J.K. Dobbins, Gus Edwards and Justice Hill.
Still, the Ravens, who led the NFL in rushing the last two seasons, were destructive on the ground. Jackson had 86 yards and Ty’Son Williams had 65 yards on nine carries including a 35-yard touchdown. Baltimore totaled 186 yards averaging 5.6 yards per carry. Jackson completed 19 of 31 pass attempts for 235 yards and a touchdown, but he was harassed all day forced to jump around the pocket. The line needs to do a better job and that could be more difficult with the loss of guard Tyre Phillips.
The number of injuries is alarming, but the Ravens won’t use that as an excuse. They had a win in their grasp last week before letting it slip away. One thing about them is their resiliency as demonstrated by John Harbaugh. “We just didn’t close the game out when we had the opportunity to do it three or four times,” he said about the Vegas game.
Chiefs vs Ravens Predictions
Our Predictions: Baltimore Ravens +3.5 and OVER 55.5
At some point you expect the Chiefs to lose one of these close games. And the Ravens might be the team to do it. Despite the injuries they played a good game with turnovers proving their undoing. Jackson will respond against a leaky KC defense and Mahomes will be Mahomes pushing me to back the OVER despite the lofty number.
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