This Sunday night showdown should be a dandy as the Chiefs invade Baltimore for a date with the hard-hitting Ravens. Let’s break it all down and keep cashing our NFL picks!
Kansas City Chiefs vs. Baltimore Ravens
Sunday, September 19, 2021 – 8:20 PM ET at M&T Bank Stadium
It looked as though there was an upset in the making but the Chiefs made sure they would not be the ninth of 16 favorites to lose their games outright last week. And while they did not cover the 5.5 point impost, at least they were able to put a checkmark in the win column after Patrick Mahomes rallied his team with two fourth-quarter touchdown passes which put the Browns to bed by the score of 33-29 in their season opener.
Mahomes ended his day with 337 passing yards, three touchdown strikes, and a 75 percent completion percentage. His performances are drawing comparisons to another active NFL quarterback old enough to be his father. We’ll keep you guessing as to who that is.
“You love his attitude because he always feels like we’re in it,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. “He does such a great job with the guys around him. He’s a great communicator during tough times on the sideline.”
It was a heavily one-sided offensive attack as the lead back, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, garnered only 43 yards on 14 carries while the entire ground game produced a grand total of 73 yards. Not exactly how the Chiefs drew it up but a win is a win and they defeated a very good Cleveland team that did all they could do to crack the code that is Patrick Mahomes.
Ravens Ravaged by Mistakes
Baltimore seemed bent on handing the game to the Raiders on Monday night and ultimately, they succeeded. After sprinting to a 14-0 lead midway through the second quarter, the Raiders kept coming and the Ravens appeared perfectly content with allowing them to do so. In a wild overtime thriller, Las Vegas scored a touchdown that sealed a 33-27 victory.
Lamar Jackson had an interesting night; he flashed his blazing speed which turned into 86 rushing yards and a long-gainer of 28. But his passes were erratic, with more than a few of the side-armed herky-jerky Cam Newton variety. However, he posted 235 passing yards, one TD pass, and no picks so it’s hard to criticize the man. What the Ravens truly needed was a defense that could contain Derek Carr and that was something they failed to do.
“We just didn’t close the game out when we had the opportunity to do it three or four times,” Ravens’ coach John Harbaugh said. “That’s what you need to do when you have an opportunity to win, you got to win. We just didn’t do that tonight.”
Wanna Make a Bet?
After perusing the NFL odds at all of the best online sportsbooks, we see that they are dealing the Chiefs as 3.5 point road favorites across the board. It’s obvious that the public will be lining up to bet Kansas City but the question we must ask ourselves – is there value in backing Baltimore at north of a field goal?
The issue here is that the Ravens’ injuries to their secondary are becoming comically absurd. Pro Bowler Marcus Peters is done for the season after suffering a knee injury in practice before the first game of the year. Marlon Humphrey and Jimmy Smith are both banged up while the latest news has backup cornerback, Chris Westry, out of the lineup with a torn lateral meniscus. To add salt to the already gaping wound, Pro Bowl tackle, Ronnie Staley, might be grounded after missing practice over the last few days.
“When you take one of the best tackles in the league out of the lineup, it will affect it (the offense),” said offensive coordinator Greg Roman.
I’m not sure how you make a case for the Ravens at this point. They use the blitz incessantly because they can’t get a push with their three of four defensive linemen. The blitz packages will open up the middle for Mahomes who will torch Baltimore all night long. This looks like easy pickings for the Chiefs and we won’t mind laying the three-and-a-hook in this one.
Free NFL Pick: Chiefs -3.5 (-110) at Bet365