Week 3 of the 2020 NFL wraps up this evening with what may be one of the top football games of the entire year, a Monday Night Football matchup between the Kansas City Chiefs and Baltimore Ravens. Both powerhouse clubs are unsurprisingly unbeaten through the opening fortnight of the new campaign, but only one will come out on top in this potential AFC Championship Game preview.
Will the Ravens finally find a way to best the Chiefs, or will Kansas City move to 3-0 in front of a nationally televised audience by taking down arguably the toughest foe it will face during the 2020 NFL season? Pro handicapper Jon Price of SportsInformationTraders.com has a pick against the spread that you will not want to miss. Before seeing which squad the Vegas expert is predicting to win, take a peek at the full schedule, start time, TV channel, live stream site, updated odds, betting trends and more for Week 3’s marquee Monday Night Football matchup.
Monday Night Football Start Time, TV Channel, Live Stream
The Ravens vs. Chiefs game is scheduled to kick-off at 8:15 p.m. ET. ESPN will televise the action, while those that prefer to live stream can do so via the WatchESPN app and website. Viewers can tune into ESPN’s Monday Night Countdown for pre-game coverage beginning at 6 p.m. ET
Baltimore Ravens Vs. Kansas City Chiefs Week 3 Odds
The point spread for this Monday Night Football game is BAL -3.5. The over/under total is set at 54 points. Betting opened with the Ravens as 2.5-point favorites, but bookmakers adjusted the line a full point in the home team’s direction due to heavy sharp action on Baltimore, which is contrarian to the public largely supporting the Chiefs as a rare underdog. As of Monday morning, 66% of all tickets and 63% of money bet against the spread is on Kansas City to cover. The public is also overwhelmingly rooting for a high-scoring affair, with 84% of bets and 85% of the total handle on the over. Oddsmakers have already adjusted the over/under two points up from their original projection to account for this lopsided action
Ravens Vs. Chiefs Venue
The Ravens have the advantage of playing this primetime contest at home in front of fans at M&T Bank Stadium for the first time this season. The team opened the year in its own Maryland digs with a blowout victory over the AFC North rival Browns, but the stands were empty due to coronavirus-related regulations and precautions. It won’t be a packed house tonight either, but 250 immediate family members of those in the organization will be in attendance to begin the process with with an ultimate goal of admitting larger crowds in the future. This Monday Night Football bout will mark the first time that Baltimore is hosting the Chiefs since 2015 and will be the first chance that quarterback Lamar Jackson gets to face Kansas City at his own stadium. The signal-caller is 0-2 against the Chiefs for his career, losing both trips his franchise took to Arrowhead over the previous two seasons.
Ravens Vs. Chiefs Betting Trends
- The Ravens are 2-0 straight-up (SU) and against the spread (ATS) to start the 2020 NFL season. The team owns the best margin of victory in the NFL (24.5 points) and has been beating the spread by a league-leading average of 17 points. The Chiefs are also undefeated going into Week 3, but are just 1-1 ATS and hold a more pedestrian seven-point average margin of victory and have a negative ATS plus-minus at -0.5 points.
- Kansas City is 3-1 SU and ATS over its last four games against Baltimore, with the Ravens last win against the Chiefs coming back in 2012 .
- The total has gone OVER in each of the last three matchups involving these teams. The average combined score across those games was 53.3 points, six points higher than the average over/under of 47.3 points. It is worth noting that three of the four games these clubs have played during the 2020 NFL campaign have gone UNDER as only Kansas City’s season-opening victory over the Texans has eclipsed the total.
- Andy Reid-coached teams are 55-31-2 ATS as underdogs. The Kansas City head coach is on an incredible 9-1-1 ATS run over the last 11 games in which squad was getting points. Head coach John Harbaugh and his Ravens have struggled as a home favorite since 2018, going 5-11-1 ATS in that span.
- The Ravens have outright won 12 consecutive regular season games with quarterback Lamar Jackson starting, covering the spread in all but two of those contests.
- The Chiefs are one of the toughest teams to bet against this time of year, going 9-1 ATS in September games dating back to the start of the 2018 campaign. The only time they failed to cover was last week against the AFC West rival Chargers, a game which went to overtime before Kansas City secured a 23-20 victory as nine-point chalk.
Baltimore Vs. Kansas City Head-To-Head History
The Ravens and Chiefs have met 10 times dating back to 1999, Baltimore’s first year in the league. Kansas City holds a slight, 6-4 advantage in the all-time series, while the Ravens won the only postseason game between these foes.
These teams most recently met in Week 3 last year for what resulted in an epic game that came right down to the wire. Each franchise came into the game with an unblemished record and ranked as the top two offenses in the NFL, setting the stage for an unbelievably hyped matchup. The Chiefs—favored by 4.5 points— would escape with a win by a narrow 33-28 margin thanks to a three-touchdown performance from star quarterback Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City defense holding off a valiant comeback effort led by the eventual 2019 NFL MVP in quarterback Lamar Jackson. Baltimore’s loss, which played out on a rain-soaked field at Arrowhead Stadium, was the first of just two total defeats the team suffered during the 2019 regular season.
Monday Night Football Week 3 Injury Report
CB Tavong Young – Out (torn ACL)
WR Chris Moore – Questionable (finger)
DT Justin Madubuike – Questionable (knee)
OT D.J. Fluker – Questionable (shoulder)
S Anthony Levine — Questionable (abdominal)
DE Alex Okafor – Out (hamstring)
WR Sammy Watkins — Questionable (concussion)
CB Charvarius Ward — Questionable (hand)
LB Dorian O’Daniel — Questionable (knee/ankle)
Ravens Vs. Chiefs Week 3 Stats And Info
Jamison Hensley tweeted a humorous quote from Ravens defensive coordinator Wink Martindale on how he thinks it would be impossible to overpay Patrick Mahomes with the NFL’s current salary cap structure:
James Palmer noted that Lamar Jackson once again made history last week:
Ravens coach John Harbaugh had nothing but nice things to say about Andy Reid, his counterpart on the Kansas City sideline and the head coach that Harbaugh served under for 10 years as an assistant with the Philadelphia Eagles (via CBSLocal.com):
“Just a great guy, a great person, a great family man. He’s a really good football coach — a lot of wisdom, a lot of common sense, good judgement. I kind of learned that from him. The way he operates, he’s a very thoughtful type of guy. I just love him, love his family. I have a lot of respect for him. I learned so much from him, and I continue to. We talked quite a bit (in the) offseason and during the season. We haven’t talked lately, but we’ll probably resume those conversations after the game.”
Dustin Baker highlighted a stat that shows how good both these teams are when jumping out to an early lead, making the first quarter a critically important one tonight:
Pro Football Focus has Baltimore’s L.J. Fort as their highest graded linebacker in the NFL over the first two weeks of the 2020 season:
Chiefs receiver Tyreek Hill, regarded as one of the most dynamic and speedy players in the NFL, believes Lamar Jackson would beat him in a foot race (via TMZ):
“I done retired from racing, man. So, he’ll probably get me right now. Lamar, he’s a G.O.A.T. He’s a dog, man. For him to be that fast and for him to make people miss, like, the way he does is just crazy.”
Ravens-Chiefs Week 3 Pro Prediction
Pick: Ravens -3.5
Prediction: Ravens 28 – Chiefs 24