Baltimore Ravens vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Two teams who went to the playoffs a season ago but who lost their preseason openers meet in Baltimore as the Baltimore Ravens host the Kansas City Chiefs. The Ravens are -6 point favorites over the Chiefs with an over/under point total set at 33.
The Baltimore Ravens are a team on a mission this year and the mission is to win the Super Bowl. In week one against the Eagles the Ravens offense never got into gear as the starters on both sides of the ball played just two series. Joe Flacco attempted just six passes completing three and Tyrod Taylor went most of the way throwing for 179 yards and two interceptions. Ray Rice carried five times for just seven yards as Jalen Parmalee carried the load. Rice did catch a pass that went for 21 yards and Tight End Dennis Pitta catching four passes for 47 yards to lead Baltimore receivers. Defensively the Ravens were the Ravens tackling solidly and as always looking motivated. Paul Kruger had four tackles and a sack, Tavarris Gooden had three tackles, and Sergio Kindle saw his first action after missing all of last season with what many saw as a career threatening injury. The Ravens made a few moves recently to secure some depth at very least offensively but should also be guys who contribute as they signed Ricky Williams as a free agent and traded for Lee Evans. Williams should get some goal line carries like Willis McGahee was getting and Evans is a legitimate home run threat.
The Kansas City Chiefs looked like anything but a playoff team in week one of the preseason but thankfully for them they were just 1-3 in preseason a year ago and it’s still just the preseason. The offense looked out of sorts as Matt Cassel didn’t throw a pass but lost a fumble and Tyler Palko and Ricky Stanzi each completed just four passes for 34 yards. Thomas Jones was effective carrying the ball with just two carries with one going for 17 yards and the other going for eight. Jackie Battle was the real story for the offense with 13 carries for 40 yards and three catches for 27 yards and first round pick Jonathan Baldwin made his first and only catch as a pro going for 14 yards. Defensively rookies Allen Bailey and Eric Bakhtiari each had sacks as did second year pro Justin Cole. It would tough for the Chiefs to play as poorly or as sloppy as they did in week one.
We have teams that scored a combined six points in week one of the preseason but teams whose starters weren’t on the field long enough to get their cleats dirty. I think this one is still low scoring but the pay here is taking the generous point spread in a game the Ravens probably win and don’t cover the number.
Kansas City Chiefs +6 Baltimore Ravens