After a stressful week 1 win over the Cleveland Browns, the Kansas City Chiefs now travel to another AFC North rival, the Baltimore Ravens for a NFL Sunday Night Football matchup. Lamar Jackson is 0-3 against Mahomes and the Chiefs, and with an injured offense, beating Kansas City isn’t going to be easy for the Ravens.
Yes, the Chiefs started off REALLY slow against the Cleveland Browns. But you can never count out the comeback kings. Mahomes and crew seem to know how to rally in the second half to win games. Even though the Ravens are missing their top running backs, the Chiefs will still need to play their best football to beat Lamar for the fourth straight year. If you are looking to wager on the game, sports betting apps favor the Chiefs.
Chiefs Game Preview (1-0)
Of course, Patrick Mahomes looked great in week 1. He is still the favorite to win MVP this season by sportsbooks like FanDuel and BetMGM. Overall, the offense did well, with Tyreek Hill rushing for 197 yards and one touchdown and Travis Kelce scoring two touchdowns.
The defense was just awful in the first three quarters, but Kansas City also didn’t have Tyrann Mathieu or Frank Clark. With the absence of these two defensive stars, gaping holes were left by the defense, letting the Browns march down the field and score. This can’t happen against the Ravens. Lamar Jackson is a threat on the run, so the defense will need to step it up early to prevent a Baltimore lead. Luckily, both Mathieu and possibly Clark will be ready to play.
I am not worried about the offense, as long as everyone stays healthy. After Mahomes threw for 337 yards last week, I think he could throw for over 500 yards against the Ravens. Mahomes also threw three touchdowns and had one rushing touchdown against the mighty Browns defense.
As long as the defense stops Baltimore from putting up points early, the Chiefs offense can hopefully seal the win.
Full Chiefs Vs. Ravens Odds
Ravens Game Preview (0-1)
Injuries hit the Ravens in the offseason, right before the season kicked off. Baltimore had to travel to Las Vegas to take on the Raiders on Monday Night Football in week 1, falling short and losing in overtime.
Baltimore started off with a 14-0 lead. But the Raiders were able to get a groove on offense to tie up the game to head into overtime. After a crazy chain of events, Lamar Jackson ended up fumbling the ball in overtime, giving the Raiders a chance to score and win the game, which they did.
The Chiefs will need to stop Lamar Jackson’s running game and force him to throw. The defense will also need to make sure tight end Mark Andrews and wide receiver Sammy Watkins don’t get the ball. Running back Ty’Son Williams could be a threat, rushing for 65 yards in week 1.
Even though the Ravens lost their two starting running backs, they went on to sign Le’Veon Bell and Latavius Murray. So, Jackson still has weapons on the offense, but he doesn’t seem to do well under pressure, so Chris Jones and the rest of the KC defense will have to make sure to put pressure on the quarterback.
On the other side of the ball, the Ravens don’t have Marcus Peters. Marlon Humphrey did alright against the Raiders, but I think the Chiefs’ offense will be too much for the Ravens’ defense to handle.