Kansas City Chiefs vs. Baltimore Ravens Matchup Preview (9/19/21): Betting Odds, Depth Charts, Live Stream (Watch Online)
Kansas City Chiefs vs. Baltimore Ravens Matchup Preview (9/19/21)
As much as Lamar Jackson does not believe this to be the case, this matchup is about Jackson and Patrick Mahomes. That is just what happens when two generation-defining quarterbacks play each other. Unfortunately for Jackson, the series between the two teams has not been favorable as Kansas City, and Mahomes is 3-0 against the Ravens during their careers. It also probably does not help the cause when you admit that Mahomes and the Chiefs are the Ravens’ “kryptonite.” However, things could change in this game: both are Super Bowl-caliber squads, and Baltimore has the home-field advantage. Currently, Baltimore is a slight home underdog at +3.5. Below, I go through each team’s first games, injury report, and other catalysts impacting their Week 2 performances.
Kansas City Chiefs vs. Baltimore Ravens Betting Odds
Momentum certainly favors the Chiefs after their colossal Week 1 win against an incredibly talented Cleveland Browns squad. The Ravens struggled mightily against the Las Vegas Raiders but were still able to make the game competitive in the end. If the spread was a bit wider, I might have stuck with the Ravens at home, but at -3.5, the Chiefs seem like the correct play. I am even considering buying the Chiefs’ spread down to -3 because it could be a nail-biter in the end. Ultimately, the Chiefs’ offense is just too talented and too healthy for the Ravens’ defense to keep up. It does not help that the Ravens are missing several of their top guys on offense, either.
My Predictions: Kansas City Chiefs win 34-27, Chiefs cover -3.5 (-110)
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Date: Sunday, September 19
Time: 8:20 PM ET
Location: M&T Bank Stadium – Baltimore, MD
TV Coverage: NBC
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Kansas City Chiefs: DE Frank Clark (Hamstring) Questionable, S Tyrann Mathieu (COVID) Questionable, LB Willie Gay (Toe) Out
Baltimore Ravens: WR Devin Duvernay (Groin) Questionable, WR Marquise Brown (Ankle) Questionable, OT Ronnie Stanley (Ankle) Questionable, CB Marcus Peters (Knee) Out, WR Rashod Bateman (Core) Out, WR Miles Boykin (Hamstring) Out, CB Marlon Humphrey (Back) Questionable, RB J.K. Dobbins (Knee) Out, RB Gus Edwards (Knee) Out, CB Jimmy Smith (Ankle) Questionable, DE Derek Wolfe (Back/Hip) Out
Kansas City Chiefs Analysis
The Chiefs did not come out as strong in the first half as they probably liked; however, they staged an epic comeback in typical Kansas City fashion, outsourcing the Cleveland Browns 23-7 in the second half. I am convinced that the Chiefs do this just out of pure boredom. They just want a challenge at this point. Scarcely has a team had this much-sustained success coming back from sizable deficits. Regardless, Kansas City looks good. Tyreek Hill had a monstrous game, while Kelce brought in two touchdowns. Still, I am not sure that the Chiefs have hit their ceiling, and that is terrifying. They should be getting Tyran Mathieu back this week, and that should help a bit as well. For the Chiefs to win at Baltimore, they will need a slightly higher sense of urgency. While slow starts are sort of their “thing,” it is highly advisable that they jump out to an early lead and hang on.
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Baltimore Ravens Analysis
There is no other way to put it than the Ravens have had terrible luck early this season. They have had numerous injuries to significant offensive players, including their three leading running backs and several receivers and non-skill position players. In their first game, the Ravens lost to the Las Vegas Raiders in overtime. Several times, Baltimore had a chance to march it down the field on an average defense to end the game in overtime and was unable to do it. In short, the Ravens did not do much to instill confidence in themselves or bettors. The issue is clear: Lamar Jackson is forced to do too much. He fumbled three times and lost two of them. If that happens against the Chiefs, the scoring differential will be substantial. Defensively, any time you give up 33 points to a team in the bottom half of the NFL, that is not good. Even the special teams unit struggled last week. So much has to change between now and the start of the Sunday Night Football matchup against the Chiefs that it is hard to imagine an outcome besides a Chiefs win. Still, the Ravens were one of the best teams in the NFL in 2019 and a competent team in 2020. If the Ravens want to win, they have to be squeaky clean and value the ball. Additionally, Baltimore will need to put together a more inspired effort altogether. There were many times where it looked defeated before the game was over, and that is never a good sign early in a season.
Baltimore Ravens Depth Chart
Kansas City Chiefs vs. Baltimore Ravens Daily Fantasy Picks
It is no mystery that the Baltimore Ravens are banged up offensively. Lamar Jackson spent a lot of their first game running around inside and outside of the pocket calculating his best move. Sammy Watkins saw a decent amount of work that included eight targets. Despite only bringing down four, he made the most of them by totaling 96 yards. Watkins could be an interesting flex play since the Ravens will have to throw more than they are used to tokeep up with the Kansas City Chiefs. On top of that, both Devin Duvernay and Marquise Brown are listed as questionable for Sunday’s game. Even if they both play, they are banged up, which could result in an increase in targets for Sammy Watkins and Mark Andrews, who are honestly the only two healthy receiving options.
My other DFS pick for this matchup is Clyde Edwards-Helaire. Do not give up on him yet! Edwards-Helaire totaled 14 carries, while the other running backs on the roster did not have more than one apiece. He also should have an increased presence in the passing game. While Clyde only secured three receptions for 29 yards, this will surely improve. He is the Chiefs’ third-best option on the field to catch passes behind Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce. Hill will not have as monstrous a game against the Ravens, which will force Mahomes to check down more often. Edwards-Helaire looks to benefit from this game.