- The Kansas City Chiefs (1-0) opened as 4-point favorites over the Baltimore Ravens (0-1) on Sunday Night Football (Sept. 19th, 8:20 pm ET) in Week 2
- KC rallied to beat Cleveland in Week 1, while Baltimore fell in overtime to Las Vegas
- Read below for analysis on which way the line will move ahead of kickoff
Two of the top-five preseason Super Bowl favorites clash on Sunday Night Football (Sept. 19th, 8:20 pm ET) in Week 2. The Kansas City Chiefs, led by 2020 MVP Patrick Mahomes, travel to Baltimore to face the Ravens, led by 2019 MVP Lamar Jackson.
These two teams have met three times in the Mahomes-Jackson era, with KC claiming victory in all three matchups.
Chiefs vs Ravens Opening Odds
|Kansas City Chiefs||-225||-4 (-110)||O 55.5 (-110)|
|Baltimore Ravens||+185||+4 (-110)||U 55.5 (-110)|
Odds as of Sept. 14th at DraftKings.
The Chiefs opened as 4-point favorites, in a game that features a total of 55.5. KC has been favored in 15 straight games in which its starters have been scheduled to play, and the last time they were catching points with Mahomes under center was last season in Baltimore.Advertising Disclosure
Of course we all remember how that game turned out, as the Chiefs rolled to a 14 point victory.
Kansas City Rallies Over Cleveland
KC started out slow in its season opener against Cleveland, but overcame a 12 point halftime deficit to clip the Browns 33-29. As usual, the trio of Mahomes, Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce did nearly all of the damage, as they accounted for all four Chiefs touchdowns, and 273 yards through the air.
The trio of Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce, & Tyreek Hill led the Chiefs to a 33-29 win over the Browns.
— Next Gen Stats (@NextGenStats) September 13, 2021
Mahomes finished with 337 passing yards, to go along with three touchdowns through the air and one on the ground. Hill caught 11 balls for 197 yards and a score, while Kelce hit paydirt twice.
Remarkably, the Chiefs have now won nine of their last 11 games when trailing by double-digits, but there’s plenty of room for improvement on defense. KC surrendered 457 yards to Cleveland, and allowed the Browns to average over 8 yards a play.
Kansas City improved to 8-1 in season-openers under Head Coach Andy Reid on Sunday, including seven consecutive wins. The victory marked the Chiefs’ 15th consecutive win in the month of September.
That. Is. Crazy.
— Matt McMullen (@KCChiefs_Matt) September 13, 2021
Cleveland was able to march up and down the field seemingly at will, but turned the ball over three times in the second half to help pave the way for a KC victory.
On the injury front, both Tyrann Mathieu (COVID) and Frank Clark (hamstring) were trending towards playing versus the Browns but Andy Reid decided to hold them out. Mathieu is expected back in the lineup in Week 2, while Clark is questionable.
Ravens Fall to Raiders
While Kansas City erased a double digit deficit en route to victory, Baltimore blew a big lead in an eventual defeat. The Ravens jumped out to an early 14-0 lead over Las Vegas on Monday Night Football, but squandered that advantage, and two additional fourth quarter leads in a wild game.
Not our night. Back Sunday. pic.twitter.com/cic5O4ddd1
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) September 14, 2021
They couldn’t prevent Derek Carr from engineering a game-tying field goal drive in the final minute of regulation (without a timeout), and then gave the Raiders multiple scoring opportunities in overtime.
Jackson led the Ravens to 406 yards of offense, but fumbled twice, with his second turnover leading to the game-winning touchdown.
Defensively, Baltimore was gashed for 491 yards by Las Vegas, failing to get home on multiple cover 0 blitzes that resulted in big Raider gains.
Ravens have work to do:
1) Defense got little pressure, and allowed nearly 500 yards and the 4th-QTR lead
2) O-line allowed way too much pressure, especially on the edges
3) Two Lamar fumbles led to 14 Raiders points
4) Mark Andrews drop
5) What happened to Ty'Son Williams?
— Sarah Ellison (@sgellison) September 14, 2021
Injury wise, the Ravens were decimated in camp losing Rashod Bateman, J.K. Dobbins, Gus Edwards and Marcus Peters among others, and the bad luck continued on Monday. Starting left guard Tyre Phillips left the game with a knee injury and did not return.
Closing Line Will Mirror Opening Spread
This game is likely kick-off at Chiefs -4, but don’t be surprised if we see movement in both directions over the course of the week. The public is likely to favor KC in this spot for a few reasons. Mahomes is undefeated versus Baltimore, the Ravens are riddled with injuries, and Baltimore blew multiple leads to the Raiders.
If enough money forces oddsmakers to go to KC -4.5 or -5, sharp action is likely to come flooding in on the Ravens pushing the line back towards what it opened as.