In-Depth Prediction, Preview, and Odds Chiefs vs. Ravens Prediction

 Monday, September 28, 2020 at 8:15pm EDT
 M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore
 #489 Kansas City Chiefs 52 vs. #490 Baltimore Ravens -3

A pair of marquee teams from the AFC take the field down in Charm City for a big primetime matchup to close out week 3 of the NFL schedule. The Kansas City Chiefs are on the road as they make the trip east to face the Baltimore Ravens on Monday Night Football. Kansas City comes in off a 23-20 overtime win on the road over the Chargers last Sunday in their previous contest. Baltimore rolled to a 33-16 road victory over Houston last Sunday in their previous game to improve to 2-0. The Chiefs own a 6-3 advantage in the all-time regular-season series between the teams and have won the last three meetings. That includes a 33-28 home win in the most recent matchup on September 22, 2019.

How To Watch

  • When: Sunday at 8:15 p.m. ET
  • Where: Arrowhead Stadium — Kansas City, Missouri
  • TV: CBS
  • Online streaming: NFL-TV (Try for free)
  • Follow: CBS Sports App
  • Ticket Cost: $84.00

Line Movements:

There has been some slight movement on this contest during the week. After opening as a 2.5-point favorite, the Ravens currently find themselves favored by 3.5 points in this clash. 69 percent of the bets are backing Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs with the points.

With the total, the number originally opened up at 52 points but it has climbed during the week. It now sits at either 54.5 or 55, depending on where you look. 81 percent of the bets on the total have gone on the under in this contest.

Game-time Weather: The temperature at kickoff is expected to be in the mid-70s though it will be muggy. There is a 20 percent chance of rain in the forecast but the expectation is that precipitation won’t be much of a factor. Winds are projected to come from the south at five to 10 miles an hour, so they shouldn’t pose much of an issue either.

Kansas City Injury Report:

OUT: CB Bashaud Breeland, DB Alex Brown, G Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, T Lucas Niang, DE Alex Okafor, T Martinas Rankin, DT Khalen Saunders, RB Damien Williams

Questionable: LB Dorian O’Daniel, CB Charvarius Ward, WR Sammy Watkins

Baltimore Ravens Injury Report:

OUT: TE Jacob Breeland, CB Iman Marshall, T Andre Smith, WR De’Anthony Thomas, WR Antoine Wesley, WR DeAndrew White, CB Tavon Young

Questionable: T D.J. Fluker, DB Anthony Levine, DT Justin Madubuike, WR Chris Moore

Kansas City Chiefs Review

Kansas City is the defending Super Bowl champions and the first two weeks of the season show that they plan on attempting to defend that crown. The Chiefs threw several Brinks trucks full of cash at key players to keep them in the fold this season and it’s paid dividends. Kansas City rolled over Houston in their season-opening contest to get things off on a positive note. The Chiefs had a tougher time against the Chargers on the road last week but found a way to rally late. After forcing overtime, Kansas City dug down deep and came up with the win in the extra session, though they’ll have to be better this week than we saw against the Bolts.

Against the Chargers, the Chiefs had to rally twice in the fourth quarter just to get to overtime. In the extra session, experience and grit helped carry Kansas City to a victory leading into this game. Patrick Mahomes drove the Chiefs 63 yards in 12 plays over the final 2:27 of regulation to set up Harrison Butker’s 30-yard field goal as time expired to send the game to overtime. In the extra session, Kansas City went 39 yards in 13 plays, chewing 5:52 off the clock. Butker’s leg provided the margin of victory as he drilled a career-long 58-yard field goal with 1:55 to play in the extra session. The Chiefs were outgained 479-414, gave up 28 first downs while recording 23, and lost the time of possession battle 39:27 to 28:38 in the contest yet managed to pull up the win. Kansas City did force the game’s lone turnover but the fact remains that they were nearly beaten by a rookie quarterback making his first career start.

One thing that irked head coach Andy Reid was a hit on wide receiver Sammy Watkins, who was injured in the fourth quarter, after receiving a short pass from Mahomes. Linebacker Denzel Perryman delivered a high hit on Watkins, who gained 11 yards on the play, but was slow to get up.

Baltimore Ravens Review

Baltimore was a force to be reckoned with in the regular season in 2019 as they went 14-2, reeling off 12 straight wins to end the year. The Ravens saw Lamar Jackson named league MVP and the cover athlete for Madden NFL 21. Unfortunately, their season came to a halt as they were knocked off in the AFC Divisional Playoff round by Tennessee. Baltimore has started the 2020 season in a similar fashion to the way 2019 began as they clobbered the Browns before hammering the Texans. Last season, the Ravens were knocked off in week 3 by the Chiefs: can they find a way to avenge that defeat here?

Against Houston in week 2, the Ravens controlled the contest in all facets and earned the road victory to run their mark to 2-0. Baltimore did damage through the air, as Jackson threw a touchdown pass, and on the ground, as Mark Ingram II ripped off a 30-yard touchdown run. Defensively, the Ravens chipped in a score on an L.J. Fort scoop-six in the second quarter of the game, while on special teams, Justin Tucker drilled four field goals in the game to help out. Baltimore owned a 407-304 edge in total offense, held a 23-18 advantage in first downs and controlled the clock by a 34:51 to 25:09 margin. The Ravens forced a pair of takeaways while not committing a turnover of their own.

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