Kansas City Chiefs vs. Baltimore Ravens Matchup Preview (9/28/20): Betting Odds, Depth Charts, Live Stream (Watch Online)
This is the matchup everyone has been waiting for. The NFL giants face off on prime time for everyone to watch. This will be the battle of the two best quarterbacks from last season with Lamar Jackson and Patrick Mahomes. We barely missed out on this matchup in the AFC championship game last season when the Ravens lost to the Titans. The Chiefs ended up winning the Super Bowl that year but you have to think if there could have been a different outcome if the Ravens beat the Titans. In what might be the matchup of the year, we have the Ravens in one corner who are out to a strong start. They have put up over 30 points each week and Lamar Jackson is continuing to show how dangerous he is with the ball in his hands. His rushing ability combined with his arm is the perfect combination for any quarterback. It will take him being on point once again to match with the Chiefs’ offense that is also full of playmakers. In the other corner, the Chiefs are also 2-0 but week 2 ended up being closer than it should have been. The Chargers held their own on defense and flustered the Chiefs’ run game. Clyde Edwards-Helaire will need to return to his week 1 explosiveness if they want a chance against the Ravens who have one of the best defenses in the league. For odds movement and full matchup history, visit the Kansas City Chiefs at Baltimore Ravens matchup page.
Date: Monday, September 28, 2020
Time: 8:15 PM ET
Location: M&T Bank Stadium – Baltimore, Maryland
TV Coverage: ESPN
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Kansas City Chiefs: S. Watkins (concussion) Q, C. Ward Q, A. Okafor Q, F. Clark (illness) Q, D. Williams (ankle) Q, A. Hamilton (groin) Q
Baltimore Ravens: C. Moore Q, J. Madubuike Q, J. Hill Q, T. Young (ACL) O
Kansas City Chiefs Analysis
Like everyone thought going into the season, Patrick Mahomes is the driving force behind the Chiefs’ offense. Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce are his clear favorite targets as they have accounted for nearly half of Mahomes’s targets. They also contain four of Mahomes’s five touchdown passes as well as being the only receivers over 100 yards which just further shows how much the offense is centered around them. There were many skeptics of Clyde Edwards-Helaire entering the season as to how much of an impact he would have. Right out of the gate, Clyde was out to prove all of them wrong with 138 rushing yards and a touchdown. Problems arose last week against a stronger run defense. Patrick Mahomes was able to outrush him which is not a good look. Against the Ravens, it will be important to not just have one form of attack. The Ravens have been solid against both forms of offense so it will take the efforts of both to get the Chiefs’ offense going. The main goal is to keep them guessing. Defensively, they just need to stop Lamar Jackson. So far, the Chiefs have been very friendly to opposing offenses and letting up yards. They cannot allow that against the Ravens if they want to stand a chance. Jackson is the catalyst of the offense and stopping him will help bring the Ravens’ offense to a halt. If they cannot handle him, they will not be able to stop anyone else.
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Baltimore Ravens Analysis
The Ravens’ offense has been interesting in the first two weeks. They have so many weapons that they can switch between who makes the big plays. Obviously, Lamar Jackson will be the heart of the offense each and every week, but we have seen new players arise in both weeks. In week 1 it was Marquise Brown and Mark Andrews taking the bulk action in the movement of the offense. In week two, there was barely any focus on passing the ball in a game in which they dominated on the ground. Gus Edwards actually received the majority of the carries and had the best efficiency among him and Mark Ingram. J.K. Dobbins also showed that he can be a tool in their offense as he ran for 48 yards on just two carries. Lamar Jackson still had the most carries in the game but we see that they can cycle through running backs and still have great efficiency out of all of them. The Chiefs struggled at defending the run last week against Austin Ekeler and Joshua Kelley who combined for 157 yards. The ability to switch up running backs will give the defense differing looks which will further confuse them and open up rushing lanes. I would suspect that will be the plan for them entering the game. As for their defense, focusing attention on Hill and Kelce will have massive effects. In the Chiefs’ close game with the Chargers, it was those two that helped them overcome and win in overtime.
Baltimore Ravens Depth Chart
Betting Corner Ravens -2.5
Spread: Ravens -2.5
Moneyline: Chiefs +133, Ravens -162
Just looking through the first two games and the strength of both teams, the Ravens look like the favorite in this game. They have a superior defense and more lethal tools on their offense than the Chiefs. Seeing how the Chargers were able to take them to overtime with a rookie quarterback, the Ravens should be taking the win in this game by at least a field goal to cover the spread. With two high octane offenses like the Chiefs and the Chargers, they should smash the over-under. The Ravens have had a streak of scoring 30+ points and the Chiefs do not serve as a tougher matchup, so expect that again. Mahomes always finds a way to score on tough defenses, making this a close high scoring game.
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With the Ravens’ defense looking on menacingly, there will be one combatant to the force they will bring and that is Tyreek Hill. His speed allows him to find openings and make plays that other receivers cannot do. Basically, if Tyreek Hill is not helping move the offense, the Chiefs are in a bad position. I cannot see this game being a blowout which leads me to believe that the Chiefs will be using him in every way that they can. Travis Kelce will be the big body in the middle, opening Hill up to plays across the middle of which Hill excels at. The Chiefs will be bringing out the whole playbook for this game of which should include a lot of Hill.
After a so-so showing in week 2, the Ravens will no doubt put him back into a more dominant role in the offense. They showed that they will hand the ball off to whoever they please, making it hard to start any Ravens’ running back in fantasy, but there is consistency in the passing game. Marquise Brown has been the leading receiver in both games so far and that will likely continue against a Chiefs team that has struggled against the pass. Will Fuller proved 100+ yards is possible in week 1 against the Chiefs and Keenan Allen came up just short of 100 in week 2. The 100-yard game receiver for the Ravens is Brown.