Kansas City Chiefs vs. Baltimore Ravens Betting Predictions

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Kansas City Chiefs vs. Baltimore Ravens Betting Predictions

The Kansas City Chiefs and Baltimore Ravens are both 2-0 entering this game, but the two favorites in the AFC arrive through different means. Baltimore has been steady on both sides of the ball in easily cruising to a pair of victories. Kansas City opened the season strong, but had a lot of trouble against the Chargers, and nearly lost the game to a rookie quarterback. The attention will be on the previous two MVPs, Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson, but it’s the Baltimore defense that provides the difference for the Ravens in this one.

Kansas City Chiefs vs. Baltimore Ravens Betting Odds

Lamar Jackson has been as good as advertised in the first two games of the season, even if he hasn’t ripped off that explosive run just yet. He completed 38 of his 49 passes to start the season and tossed four touchdowns as well. The offense hasn’t put up a lot of yards in those two games, but the Ravens have scored at least 30 points in both contests. The defense has stolen the show, though, as Baltimore leads the league with just 22 points conceded through two games and ranks second in yards allowed. The Ravens’ five takeaways are also tops in the NFL with two interceptions and three fumble recoveries already this year. This week will be a stiff test with Patrick Mahomes on the other side, but the Ravens defense always seems to be ready for these moments.

The numbers aren’t as gaudy as many expected for Mahomes, but he has still thrown five touchdowns without tossing a pick and he’s helped the Chiefs to a 2-0 mark. Clyde Edwards-Helaire has been an excellent running back through his first two games as well with 176 yards on 35 carries through the opening two weeks. Yet, Kansas City punted on five of its first six possessions against the Chargers and had to settle for two 58-yard field goals, including the winner in overtime. The offense will need to be much better against Baltimore’s stingy defense, but the Chiefs’ defense also can’t allow Baltimore to find a rhythm on offense if it expects to stay competitive. Kansas City allowed the Chargers to score on two of their three second-half possessions and Los Angeles just bled clock with 35 total plays on those drives.

One of the interesting lines on the New Jersey online sports betting sites is that the under 53.5 total points is listed at +100 odds. That isn’t the alternate total, either, but the line set by the sportsbooks for this primetime matchup. This is a bet on the last two MVPs showing off their skills and going back and forth all game, but I’m not sure that is what will happen. Both defenses have looked strong to start the season and this game will be an interesting test for both offenses. I’ll be bold with these NFL betting predictions and bet on the under 53.5 total points at those +100 odds.

Baltimore Ravens to win

The Ravens’ offense has been rolling along while the Chiefs hit a bit of a stumble last week against the Chargers. A road trip to the best defense in the NFL through two weeks could provide some troubles for Kansas City’s offense. Lamar Jackson will provide headaches for the Chiefs defense and the early-season surge continues for the Ravens. Thus I’m picking Baltimore at -186 odds on the moneyline at the NFL betting sites in New Jersey.

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Josh Walfish is an award-winning journalist who has been covering college and professional sports in the United States. He holds a journalism degree from Northwestern University and his work has appeared in the Miami Herald, Chicago Sun-Times and Providence Journal. He most recently chronicled the UMass hockey teams rise to prominence over the last two years for the local newspaper

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