The biggest game in Week 2 of this NFL season is clearly the Sunday night matchup between AFC powers in the Kansas City Chiefs and 2018 NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes visiting the Baltimore Ravens and 2019 MVP Lamar Jackson. The Ravens aren’t home underdogs often but are here on a short week.
This Chiefs vs Ravens preview shares essential information, starting with basic event details, team and players statistics, and the NFL betting odds. On top of that, we provide timely betting trends and expert betting predictions that help you lock in on the best picks. Find everything you need down below. And don’t forget to check out the latest 2021 NFL odds at out online Bitcoin sportsbook.
Chiefs vs. Ravens Game Information
- When: Sunday, September 19, 2021, 8:20 PM ET
- Where: M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland
- TV: NBC
- Radio: KMVK 107.5 FM (Chiefs) / KYSR 98.7 FM (Ravens)
- Live Stream:NFL Game Pass
- NFL Odds: Kansas City Chiefs (-3.5) / Baltimore Ravens (+3.5)
Why Bet on the Kansas City Chiefs?
The perennial AFC playoff teams are meeting for a fourth straight season, with Kansas City winning each of the past three. In those games, the Chiefs have outscored the Ravens by an average of 13.3 points per game in the first half (67-26). KC coach Andy Reid is 6-1 vs. the Ravens, including a 4-0 mark at the reins of Kansas City. Baltimore’s John Harbaugh served as an assistant under Reid in Philadelphia (1999-2007).
The winner here will have a potentially huge tiebreaker. Sunday’s game along with Jackson and Mahomes’ Week 3 meeting in 2020 represent the only two instances of former MVPs under age 27 meeting as starting quarterbacks in NFL history. While Jackson is 0-3 against Mahomes, he is 30-5 (.857) against the rest of the NFL. This marks the fifth instance in the past 25 years of one NFL MVP quarterback losing his first three starts opposite another MVP quarterback.
Kansas City was down 12 at halftime in Week 1 at home vs. Cleveland but rallied for a 33-29 win. Mahomes passed for 337 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions for a 131.4 rating. He now has 14,489 career passing yards in 47 NFL starts and surpassed Kurt Warner (14,372) for the most passing yards by a player in his first 50 career starts in NFL history. Mahomes now has 117 TD passes and surpassed Dan Marino (116) for the most touchdown passes by a player in his first 50 career starts in league annals.
Mahomes is now 11-0 all-time in September games with 35 touchdown passes and zero picks. His 35 straight passing touchdowns without an interception in September is the longest streak in any month by any quarterback in NFL history.
Travis Kelce caught two TD passes vs. Mahomes in the opener and his second score was his 50th career touchdown reception in his 112th career game, allowing him to surpass Vernon Davis (115 games) as the fifth-fastest tight end to reach 50 touchdown receptions in NFL history.
What made Kansas City’s win even more impressive is two of the team’s best defenders, end Frank Clark and safety Tyrann Mathieu, each missed it. Both will play here. Reid cited precautionary reasons for both players sitting Week 1 as Clark’s hamstring still wasn’t quite right and Mathieu hadn’t practiced since August. Mathieu is the main communicator in the secondary, while Clark’s presence was sorely missed against the run in Week 1.
Why Bet on the Baltimore Ravens?
The Ravens were upset 33-27 in OT at Las Vegas on Monday night in Week 1 – Baltimore had been 81-0 all-time in regular-season games under Harbaugh when leading by 14 at any point in a game. Jackson’s fumbles led to two late touchdowns for Las Vegas, including setting up Derek Carr’s winning 31-yard touchdown pass to Zay Jones in overtime. It marked only the second time in the past 40 years that an NFL quarterback fumbled in both the fourth quarter and overtime.
Baltimore entered Week 1 missing a ton of guys due to injury and lost a few more. All-Pro left tackle Ronnie Stanley will sit out Week 2 at a minimum. Veteran free agent pickup Ali Villanueva, who struggled immensely in Week 1, will slide to left tackle with backup Patrick Makari stepping in on the right side of the line. Cornerback Chris Westry suffered a torn meniscus and is out indefinitely. Top wideout Marquise Brown injured his ankle and is in question.
Chiefs vs. Ravens Betting Trends
- Chiefs are 2-10 ATS in their last 12 games overall.
- Chiefs are 12-3 ATS in their last 15 games in September.
- The total went over in 4 of Kansas City’s last 6 games against an opponent in the American Football Conference North division.
- Ravens are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games as an underdog.
- Ravens are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games following a straight up loss.
- The total went under in 4 of Baltimore’s last 5 games.
Chiefs vs. Ravens Expert Betting Predictions
Pick: Chiefs 31, Ravens 26
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