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    The Kansas City Chiefs (10-2) (5-0 @ Home)



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    Sunday, December 09, 12:00PM CT
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    Weather forecast:
    24 degrees Fahrenheit. Partly Cloudy. 2 mph NNE winds.

    Line: Chiefs -6.5, Over/Under: 51

    Trends:

    Chiefs:
    Kansas City is 12-4-1 ATS in its last 17 games
    Kansas City is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games
    Kansas City is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
    Kansas City is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games at home
    Kansas City is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
    The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Kansas City's last 10 games at home
    Kansas City is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against Baltimore
    Kansas City is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Baltimore
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Kansas City's last 7 games when playing at home against Baltimore

    Ravens:
    Baltimore is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Baltimore's last 10 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Baltimore's last 5 games on the road
    Baltimore is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Kansas City
    Baltimore is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Kansas City
    Baltimore is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Kansas City
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Baltimore's last 7 games when playing on the road against Kansas City

    Against the Spread:


    Last 9 Games Head-2-Head:


    OddsShark Super Computer Prediction:
    Chiefs 34.1
    Ravens 17.9


    Notable Quotables:
    Chiefs:

    “One thing about [Charcandrick West] is he is an energy giver. He’s a leader, he’s had a great deal of success here and also he’s been viewed as a role model by his work ethic and how he conducts himself on the field. ... He’s been a huge morale booster since he’s been back and obviously, if you guys have been around him, he always has a smile on his face and everyone around him, he puts them in a happy place.”
    --Chiefs Offensive Coordinator Eric Bieniemy

    Ravens:
    “I don’t have much. I just want to go play the game. You get to the point now … There’s really not much to talk about, is there? ... It’s December football. It’s time to go play, find out what you’ve got, see who you are.”
    --Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh
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    Schedules/Results:
    Chiefs Ravens
    Date
    Opponent
    Time/TV Tickets
    Sunday
    Sep. 9
    at LA Chargers
    StubHub Center
    Carson, CA
    4:05pm ET
    CBS
    W 38-28
    Sunday
    Sep. 16
    at PIT Steelers
    Heinz Field
    Pittsburgh, PA
    1:00pm ET
    CBS
    W 42-37
    Sunday
    Sep. 23
    SF 49ers
    Arrowhead Stadium
    Kansas City, MO
    1:00pm ET
    FOX
    W 38-27
    Monday
    Oct. 1
    at DEN Broncos
    Broncos Stadium
    Denver, CO
    8:15pm ET
    ESPN
    W 27-23
    Sunday
    Oct. 7
    JAX Jaguars
    Arrowhead Stadium
    Kansas City, MO
    1:00pm ET
    CBS
    W 30-14
    Sunday
    Oct. 14
    at NE Patriots
    Gillette Stadium
    Foxborough, MA
    8:20pm ET
    NBC
    L 43-40
    Sunday
    Oct. 21
    CIN Bengals
    Arrowhead Stadium
    Kansas City, MO
    8:20pm ET
    NBC
    W 45-10
    Sunday
    Oct. 28
    DEN Broncos
    Arrowhead Stadium
    Kansas City, MO
    1:00pm ET
    CBS
    W 30-23
    Sunday
    Nov. 4
    at CLE Browns
    FirstEnergy Stadium
    Cleveland, OH
    1:00pm ET
    CBS
    W 37-21
    Sunday
    Nov. 11
    AZ Cardinals
    Arrowhead Stadium
    Kansas City, MO
    1:00pm ET
    CBS
    W 26-14
    Monday
    Nov. 19
    at LA Rams
    LA Mem Coliseum
    Los Angeles, CA
    8:15pm ET
    ESPN
    L 54-51
    Sunday
    Nov. 25

    BYE

    Sunday
    Dec. 2
    at OAK Raiders
    Oakland Coliseum
    Oakland, CA
    4:05pm ET
    CBS
    W 40-33
    Sunday
    Dec. 9
    BAL Ravens
    Arrowhead Stadium
    Kansas City, MO
    1:00pm ET
    CBS
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    Thursday
    Dec. 13
    LA Chargers
    Arrowhead Stadium
    Kansas City, MO
    8:20pm ET
    FOX/NFLN
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    Sunday
    Dec. 23
    at SEA Seahawks
    CenturyLink Field
    Seattle, WA
    8:20pm ET
    NBC
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    Sunday
    Dec. 30
    OAK Raiders
    Arrowhead Stadium
    Kansas City, MO
    1:00pm ET
    CBS
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    Date
    Opponent
    Time/TV Tickets
    Sunday
    Sep. 9
    BUF Bills
    M&T Bank Stadium
    Baltimore, MD
    1:00pm ET
    CBS
    W 47-3
    Thursday
    Sep. 13
    at CIN Bengals
    Paul Brown Stadium
    Cincinnati, OH
    8:20pm ET
    NFLN
    L 34-23
    Sunday
    Sep. 23
    DEN Broncos
    M&T Bank Stadium
    Baltimore, MD
    1:00pm ET
    CBS
    W 27-14
    Sunday
    Sep. 30
    at PIT Steelers
    Heinz Field
    Pittsburgh, PA
    8:20pm ET
    NBC
    W 26-14
    Sunday
    Oct. 7
    at CLE Browns
    FirstEnergy Stadium
    Cleveland, OH
    1:00pm ET
    CBS
    L 12-9(OT)
    Sunday
    Oct. 14
    at TEN Titans
    Nissan Stadium
    Nashville, TN
    4:25pm ET
    CBS
    W 21-0
    Sunday
    Oct. 21
    NO Saints
    M&T Bank Stadium
    Baltimore, MD
    4:05pm ET
    FOX
    L 24-23
    Sunday
    Oct. 28
    at CAR Panthers
    B of A Stadium
    Charlotte, NC
    1:00pm ET
    CBS
    L 36-21
    Sunday
    Nov. 4
    PIT Steelers
    M&T Bank Stadium
    Baltimore, MD
    1:00pm ET
    CBS
    L 23-16
    Sunday
    Nov. 11

    BYE

    Sunday
    Nov. 18
    CIN Bengals
    M&T Bank Stadium
    Baltimore, MD
    1:00pm ET
    CBS
    W 24-21
    Sunday
    Nov. 25
    OAK Raiders
    M&T Bank Stadium
    Baltimore, MD
    1:00pm ET
    CBS
    W 34-17
    Sunday
    Dec. 2
    at ATL Falcons
    M-B Stadium
    Atlanta, GA
    1:00pm ET
    CBS
    W 26-16
    Sunday
    Dec. 9
    at KC Chiefs
    Arrowhead Stadium
    Kansas City, MO
    1:00pm ET
    CBS
    Buy Tickets
    Sunday
    Dec. 16
    TB Buccaneers
    M&T Bank Stadium
    Baltimore, MD
    1:00pm ET
    FOX
    Buy Tickets
    Saturday
    Dec. 22
    at LA Chargers
    StubHub Center
    Carson, CA
    8:20pm ET
    NFLN
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    Sunday
    Dec. 30
    CLE Browns
    M&T Bank Stadium
    Baltimore, MD
    1:00pm ET
    CBS
    Buy Tickets
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    Injury Report:

    Chiefs:
    Eric Berry S Heel
    OUT
    De'Anthony Thomas WR Leg
    IR
    Demetrius Harris TE Illness
    Questionable
    Laurent Duvernay-Tardif G Fibula
    IR
    Anthony Hitchens LB Quad
    Probable
    Sammy Watkins WR Foot
    Doubtful
    Jordan Devey G Undisclosed
    IR
    Terrance Smith LB Knee
    IR
    Armani Watts S Undisclosed
    IR
    J.D. Moore RB Undisclosed
    IR
    Ben Niemann LB Hamstring
    Questionable
    Byron Pringle WR Hamstring
    IR
    Tejan Koroma C Knee
    IR

    Ravens:
    Joe Flacco QB Hip
    Questionable
    Anthony Levine Sr. S Ankle
    Questionable
    Tony Jefferson S Ankle
    OUT
    Stanley Jean-Baptiste CB Forearm
    IR
    Bennett Jackson CB Undisclosed
    IR
    James Hurst G Back
    Questionable
    Tavon Young CB Groin
    Questionable
    Willie Henry
    DT Hernia
    IR
    Alex Collins RB Foot
    IR
    Maurice Canady CB Thigh
    IR
    Alex Lewis G Shoulder
    Doubtful
    Marlon Humphrey CB Groin
    Questionable
    Tim Williams LB Ankle
    Questionable
    Lamar Jackson QB Concussion
    has been named the starter Sunday vs Kansas City
    DeShon Elliott S Forearm
    IR
    Jaleel Scott WR Hamstring
    IR
    Greg Senat T Foot
    IR
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    Team Leaders:



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    Prisco's Pick:


    This is a classic battle of Baltimore's
    aggressive defense against the potent
    offense of the Chiefs. Baltimore loves
    to blitz, which they will do against
    Patrick Mahomes. I think that will
    disrupt him some, but not enough.
    The Chiefs will win it, but the Ravens
    will hang around with Lamar Jackson
    at quarterback.




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    Ravens 21
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    Chiefs vs. Ravens: Game Preview
    From Chiefs.com

    Posted Saturday, Dec 08, 2018 09:36 AM


    Matt McMullen
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    It’s the kind of best-on-best matchup that simply doesn’t happen very often this late in a football season.

    The Kansas City Chiefs have lit up the scoreboard this year, leading the NFL in points-per-game (37.0), touchdowns (56) and yards-per-play (7.03) en route to the best record in the AFC while the Baltimore Ravens, winners of three-straight games, feature the top scoring (17.8) and total (300.6) defense in the league.

    Both teams have been masters of their craft in converse ways.

    The Ravens have allowed 30 or more points just twice while the Chiefs have been held under 30 points just twice all year. Baltimore has yielded 300 passing yards once all season while the Chiefs, behind the right arm of quarterback Patrick Mahomes, have tallied 300 or more passing yards in more than half of their games.

    Frankly put, something has to give on Sunday afternoon as the Chiefs and Ravens clash in a late-season bout at Arrowhead Stadium.

    “It does present a different challenge that you don’t see every single week, but at the same time, you’re ready for challenges like that,” Mahomes said. “It’s a top-rated defense in the league and they’re going to come with the physicality and they’re coming to get in the playoffs. It’s going to have that playoff atmosphere, so I’m excited to be in Arrowhead and to play against a good defense like this.”

    Indeed, Baltimore is fighting for a spot in the postseason after catching fire of late under the direction of dynamic rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson.

    “He’s as fast as a wide receiver, can run like a running back and can throw like a quarterback,” said Head Coach Andy Reid. “You have to make sure you cover those areas. That’s hard to replicate out at practice, but you do the best you can and go with it. He’s unique. He was the best player in college football and is doing a great job right now in the National Football League.”

    Fittingly enough, Jackson’s primary weapon on offense during Baltimore’s three-game winning streak has been rookie tailback Gus Edwards, who has 315 rushing yards in that time as part of the Ravens’ zone-read offensive scheme.

    In fact, under Jackson’s tenure, Baltimore became the first team since 2010 to log at least 200 rushing yards in three consecutive games.



    It’s a resume that presents an intriguing challenge defensively.

    “When you [run their offense] as your base – and they have a way of just powering the ball at you, too - you have to rethink how you are playing and what your techniques are,” said Defensive Coordinator Bob Sutton. “[You have to think about] all of those things because you are asked to do different things, you have different concerns and different pressures as an individual player and also, structurally, as a defense.”

    Jackson has plenty of weapons available at his disposal through the air as well, including wide receivers John Brown (36 catches, 649 yards, 4 TD), Michael Crabtree (48 catches, 536 yards, 3 TD), and Willie Snead IV (51 catches, 507 yards, 1 TD), though the rookie signal caller has found his most success throwing to tight end Mark Andrews (5 catches for 140 yards) during his stint as the Ravens’ starter.



    Of course, the Chiefs have an exciting young quarterback of their own.

    Mahomes’ eye-popping numbers this season are well-documented, from breaking the franchise single-season record for passing touchdowns in Week 10 to becoming the fastest player to 4,000 career passing yards in NFL history (13 games).

    It’s been a thrill to watch the 23-year-old quarterback take the NFL by storm during his first campaign as a starter, but with the final month of the season underway and four games standing between the Chiefs and their pursuit of greater goals, everything centers around what Kansas City can accomplish moving forward.



    “You’re in the last quarter of the regular season. You bear down on that,” Reid said. “You focus in and get yourself ready to play against the Ravens, who are a really good football team.”

    To the Chiefs’ advantage on Sunday – and in three of their final four regular-season games, for that matter – are the friendly confines of Arrowhead Stadium. Kansas City is 22-4 in its last 26 contests at home, outscoring the opposition by nearly 10 points per game.

    Furthermore, the Chiefs are 9-1 at Arrowhead when December rolls around since 2014, finding the win column when it matters most.

    “Coach Reid has us outside like every single day, so I’ve been prepared [for the cold weather],” Mahomes said. “It’s almost a change when we go to these warm weather environments because we don’t practice in it. It’s awesome to be back in Arrowhead, and hopefully, we can stay here for even more than these three games. Our job is to go out there, use that home field advantage and win these games.”

    The Chiefs will try to do just that on Sunday against Baltimore.
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    Jackson, Ravens face tall order vs. Mahomes, Chiefs

    Rookie Lamar Jackson has the Baltimore Ravens in playoff position after guiding the club to three consecutive victories in his first three NFL starts.

    Yet while Jackson continues to show he can be the franchise's quarterback of the future, he will get a firsthand glimpse of the new standard bearer at his position when the Ravens visit Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday afternoon.

    The Chiefs (10-2) own the best record in the AFC and hold the inside track for home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs thanks to second-year quarterback Mahomes, who has a chance to join some lofty company when he faces the resurgent Ravens.

    Mahomes needs 77 passing yards Sunday to become the third first- or second-year quarterback to throw for at least 4,000 yards and 40 touchdowns in a season. The others to accomplish the feat were Pro Football Hall of Famers Dan Marino and Kurt Warner.

    Kansas City is averaging a league-high 37 points and its only losses have been a pair of three-point defeats on the road against a pair of division leaders in the New England Patriots (43-40) and the Los Angeles Rams (54-51).

    Baltimore (7-5), meanwhile, features the NFL's top-ranked defense, allowing league lows in points (17.7) and total yards (281.7). The Ravens are holding down the sixth and final seed in the AFC, but four teams are one game back so the players cannot afford to get caught up in the statistical matchup against the Chiefs.

    "We're just trying to give our team the best chance to win and play great defense," Baltimore safety Eric Weddle said. "We just have to be fundamentally sound, play great technique, communicate, play our rules and don't get enamored with the formations, with the shifts, with the different plays that they may do. Just play our game, do what we do best, and let the chips fall where they be."

    Enter Jackson. Although Joe Flacco continues to show progress from a hip injury that has sidelined him for the past three games, the Ravens are expected to stick with Jackson, the former Heisman Trophy winner from Louisville who provides an added dimension to the offense by rushing for 265 yards and two touchdowns in his three starts.

    "He's as fast as a wide receiver, can run like a running back and can throw like a quarterback," Chiefs head coach Any Reid said. "You have to make sure you cover those areas. That's hard to replicate out at practice, but you do the best you can and go with it. He's unique."

    The Ravens' running game has also thrived with Jackson starting, averaging 239 yards per game. Baltimore has dominated time of possession, which has kept opposing offenses off the field and its own defense fresh. That will be vital against Mahomes and Kansas City's quick-strike offense.

    "It'd be very helpful if we could do that, obviously," Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said. "They can score in a variety of ways very quickly, so time of possession would be very helpful for us."

    Although Jackson earned his first road win last week in Atlanta, the combined record of the three teams (Cincinnati, Oakland and the Falcons) is 11-25. Trying to keep up with Mahomes and Kansas City at one of the league's most raucous venues presents a more daunting challenge.

    "Those guys might have to read my lips sometimes," said Jackson of the expected difficulty of calling plays. "I heard Kansas City will be very loud. I'm going to have to do my job, probably try to speak up as much as I could to those guys. (It'll be a) team effort in the huddle."

    Kansas City will be playing its second game since the stunning departure of star running back Kareem Hunt, who was released prior to last week's 40-33 win at Oakland after a video surfaced that showed him shoving and kicking a woman during an altercation in a hotel last February.

    Mahomes threw for 295 yards and four touchdowns -- two to tight end Travis Kelce -- while running back Spencer Ware rushed for 47 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries in place of Hunt. Ware, who started for Kansas City in 2016, expects to be better with a full week of practice.

    "Nothing's changed," said Ware. "Make big plays and score touchdowns. Win games. Win games. Second effort goes a long way. Just fight for one another."
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    Everything You Need to Know: Ravens at Chiefs

    By Clifton Brown
    BaltimoreRavens.com Staff Writer

    Posted Saturday, Dec 08, 2018 12:00 PM

    Stakes

    The Ravens (7-5) could win four straight for the first time this season and take a major step forward in their playoff pursuit. With four games remaining, Baltimore controls its playoff destiny and trails Pittsburgh by just a ˝ game in the AFC North. The Chiefs (10-2) are unbeaten (5-0) at home and can clinch a playoff berth by winning Sunday. A victory in Kansas City would be a strong statement by the Ravens that they are playoff worthy.

    History

    Kansas City holds a 4-3 edge in the all-time series, but home field has meant nothing. The Ravens have won every game in Kansas City and the Chiefs have won every game in Baltimore. They last met in December 2015 at M&T Bank Stadium, with the Chiefs winning, 34-14.

    Biggest Storylines

    Will Lamar Jackson remain unbeaten as a starter?

    With a 3-0 record as a starting quarterback, Jackson has been the biggest catalyst in the Ravens’ winning streak. He has rushed for more yards in his first three starts (265) than any quarterback in NFL history. Baltimore has rushed for more than 200 yards in three straight games for the first time in franchise history. However, starting this game would represent another test for Jackson, playing in one of the league’s toughest environments for a road team and in the coldest game of his career. Joe Flacco is getting closer to returning from his hip injury, and Head Coach John Harbaugh has not named the starting quarterback moving forward.

    Can the Ravens’ No. 1-ranked defense control the Chiefs’ No. 1 offense led by quarterback Patrick Mahomes?

    This is the Ravens’ biggest defensive challenge of the season. Mahomes leads the NFL by far with 41 touchdowns passes. The next closest is Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints with 30 touchdown passes. Kansas City leads the league in scoring, averaging 37 points per game. Even after releasing Kareem Hunt, Mahomes has plenty of weapons, led by tight end Travis Kelce and wide receiver Tyreek Hill. Not only does Mahomes have a great arm, he’s capable of extending plays and escaping the pass rush with his legs. The Ravens did a terrific job shutting down the Atlanta Falcons’ high-powered offense last weekend, but Kansas City’s offense is next level.

    Can the Ravens’ running game keep cooking?

    The Chiefs are ranked next-to-last overall in defense, and Baltimore’s running game has been dynamic, featuring rookie running back Gus Edwards and Jackson. The Ravens’ recipe for success has been running the football and controlling time of possession. It’s a formula the Chiefs must prove they can stop.

    Key Matchups

    Ravens secondary vs. Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill

    Ravens Defensive Coordinator Wink Martindale referred to Hill as “the fastest human being I’ve ever seen wear a helmet.” Cornerbacks Jimmy Smith, Marlon Humphrey, Brandon Carr, and Tavon Young must prevent Hill’s speed from burning them.

    Ravens offensive line vs. Chiefs defensive front


    Baltimore’s offensive line deserves at least some of the credit for the recent run dominance. If the Ravens open holes for Edwards and Jackson, they will continue to produce impressive runs. The Chiefs haven’t been good on defense, but they have a fearsome duo of pass rushers in Justin Houston and Dee Ford.

    Jackson vs. the atmosphere in Kansas City

    The Chiefs have a loud, enthusiastic crowd that impacts the game and makes it tougher for the visiting team to communicate. This will be the toughest road environment and coldest weather game that Jackson has faced in his young career. It will be important for Jackson to stay poised and avoid turnovers.
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    Predictions for Ravens vs. Chiefs

    Predictions for Ravens vs. Chiefs

    For the first time this season, an overwhelming majority of pundits believe the Ravens will not win on Sunday.

    Of the 55 pundits whose predictions we looked at, just seven – The Baltimore Sun’s Jen Badie, Peter Schmuck and Jonas Shaffer, CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora and Will Brinson, USA Today’s Jarrett Bell and Sports Illustrated’s Mark Mravic – are predicting a Baltimore win this weekend.

    It isn’t surprising the Chiefs are getting a lot of support this week. Their 10-2 mark is the best in the AFC, they have the No. 1 scoring offense in the NFL and they haven’t lost at home this season. Make no mistake about it: this is as tough a test as the Ravens have encountered this year.

    If the Ravens do emerge victorious on Sunday, it would give them an 8-5 record, and would be a big step forward in the wild-card race. A Pittsburgh Steelers loss in Oakland combined with a Ravens win would see Baltimore jump into first place in the AFC North.

    Here are some reasons why pundits believe the Ravens will win:

    The Ravens combine a clock-controlling offense with a punishing defense to render the Chiefs offense ineffective.

    “Kansas City is the best team the Ravens have faced this season, but the Ravens are the opponent perhaps best suited to limit Patrick Mahomes and Co. There will be plenty of points, but the Ravens' ball-control philosophy and top-flight secondary give them an edge,” Shaffer wrote.

    “If the Ravens can control the ball like that, keeping Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs’ high-powered offense off the field for large chunks of time and their own No. 1 defense fresh, they could win this game. The Chiefs defense ranks at or near the bottom of the league in yards (31st), passing yards (last), points allowed (27th) and rushing yards (22nd). Sure, it seems unlikely, but the Ravens and [quarterback] Lamar Jackson could pull this off,” Badie wrote.

    “The Ravens should be able to control the ball against the Kansas City defense and reduce the number of possessions for Patrick Mahomes. If so, the stage will be set for a big road upset,” Schmuck wrote.

    “If they are able to control the ball, then I think the Ravens defense will be able to slow down this Chiefs offense. You look at the corners for the Baltimore Ravens, if everyone is healthy, they got guys who can match up with the skill position players of the Chiefs,” ESPN’s Chris Canty said on Fox Sports One’s Show “First Things First.”

    The Ravens rush attack keeps rolling against a struggling Kansas City defense.

    “The weakest point on the Kansas City defense is the rush defense. [Running the ball] is the only obvious strength point of the Ravens offense, that is what they have to do. Even if they are down 10-0, they can’t abandon the run…. [Kansas City] might not have the personnel to stop it, even if they know [the Ravens rushing attack] is coming,” Fox Sports' Nick Wright said.

    .

    Kansas City’s offense becomes one-dimensional without running back Kareem Hunt.

    “The Chiefs are going to be facing a real defense for the first time since releasing running back Kareem Hunt, which should slow their roll,” Schmuck wrote.

    Here are a few reasons why pundits believe the Chiefs will win:

    Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes spearheads an offense that the Ravens can’t slow down.

    “It’s hard to go against the Ravens defense after that display against the Atlanta Falcons, but the Kansas City Chiefs are a different animal. Patrick Mahomes, [Chiefs wide receiver] Tyreek Hill and [Chiefs tight end] Travis Kelce pose a significant threat through the air,” The Baltimore Sun’s Edward Lee wrote.

    “Baltimore loves to blitz, which they will do against Patrick Mahomes. I think that will disrupt him some, but not enough. The Chiefs will win it, but the Ravens will hang around with Lamar Jackson at quarterback,” CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco wrote.

    Mahomes makes a couple plays late to win a close game.

    “The Ravens bring a nasty defense and a nasty attitude to each and every game, and they try to get you out on first, second, third down and be physical with you. In the end, Patrick Mahomes, his competitive nature will show up and they find a way to win this game in the fourth quarter. It’s going to be tight all the way through,” ESPN’s Darren Woodson said.



    The Ravens can’t slow the lightning quick Hill, and their struggles in defending tight ends continues against the three-time Pro Bowler, Kelce.

    “The Ravens’ defense still has some key holes against slot receivers and tight ends, which will line up with Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce using their speed and athleticism to break through. Kansas City will get a good lead at some point and tee off on Jackson,” Sporting News’ Vinnie Iyer wrote.

    Baltimore’s run-first offense led by Jackson isn’t built to match scores with Kansas City’s attack.


    “Jackson will move the ball against the Kansas City defense, but his inconsistency finishing drives will leave the Ravens one score short on the road,” The Baltimore Sun’s Childs Walker wrote.

    “The run-first offense Baltimore is employing with Jackson won’t be able to keep up with Kansas City,” Pro Football Talk’s Michael David Smith wrote.

    The Ravens simply need one too many things to go their way to get the win.

    “They can take away that clock, keep Mahomes and that offense on the sideline. If they convert on third-down, Jackson wants to run the ball more than throw it, all he has to do is convert a couple third-down throws, they need some turnovers on defense. So, I am saying there’s a lot of things they need to go right, [and] I don’t think all of that is going to go right,” ESPN’s Ted Bruschi said.



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