The Baltimore Ravens will look to put Monday night’s overtime loss behind them when they take on the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday Night Football. The Ravens (0-1) dropped a 33-27 decision at Las Vegas after leading for much of the game. The Chiefs (1-0) rallied late and used a Cleveland miscue to post a 33-29 opening day win over the Browns last Sunday. Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is 3-0 all-time against Baltimore.
Kickoff from M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore is set for 8:20 p.m. ET. Kansas City is a 3.5-point favorite in the latest Chiefs vs. Ravens odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is 53.5. Before you make any Ravens vs. Chiefs picks or predictions, make sure you check out what SportsLine NFL expert Larry Hartstein has to say.
SportsLine’s senior analyst and Early Edge podcast regular enters the 2021 season 351-291 all-time on NFL sides (plus $2,212), including a 326-280 against the spread mark.
In addition, Hartstein has an amazing 16-4 record on his last 20 picks involving Kansas City, returning more than $1,100. Anyone who has followed him is way up.
Now, Hartstein has locked in another confident against the spread pick for Chiefs vs. Ravens. You can head to SportsLine now to see the picks. Here are the NFL lines and trends for Ravens vs. Chiefs:
Ravens vs. Chiefs spread: Kansas City -3.5Ravens vs. Chiefs over-under: 53.5 pointsRavens vs. Chiefs money line: Kansas City -200, Baltimore +170KC: The Chiefs are 12-3 against the spread in their last 15 games in SeptemberBAL: The Ravens are 5-1 ATS in their last six games as underdogs
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Why the Chiefs can cover
With Baltimore’s secondary banged up and having to work out several cornerbacks this week, Mahomes is licking his chops. Last week, Mahomes completed 27-of-36 passes for 337 yards and three touchdowns for a 131.4 rating and rushed for a score against the Browns. It was his 16th career game with three or more touchdown passes and zero interceptions, the most in the NFL since 2018. He has 14,489 passing yards and 117 touchdown passes in 47 career starts, both the most ever by a player in his first 50 starts.
Mahomes’ favorite target last week was wide receiver Tyreek Hill, who had 11 catches for 197 receiving yards and a touchdown. It was the most by any receiver in the league in Week 1, and his fourth career game with 175 or more receiving yards. Hill will be looking for his sixth road game in a row with a touchdown catch. He has 216 receiving yards in two career games against the Ravens.
Why the Ravens can cover
Despite that, Kansas City is not a lock to cover the Chiefs vs. Ravens spread. That’s because Baltimore has a potent offense that garnered 406 yards in the loss to the Raiders on Monday. Quarterback Lamar Jackson led the way by completing 19-of-30 passes for 235 yards and a touchdown with zero interceptions for a 98.6 rating. He also led the team with 86 rushing yards. He is looking for his seventh game in a row with a 90 or better rating and fourth game in a row with 80 or more rushing yards.
Running back Latavius Murray also rushed for a score in his Baltimore debut. Murray will look for his fourth game in a row with a touchdown against an AFC West opponent. For his career, which spans seven-plus seasons, he has played in 109 games, carrying 1,201 times for 5,019 yards (4.2 average) and 44 touchdowns. He has also converted 259 first downs and has 185 receptions for 1,294 yards (7.0 average) and two TDs.
How to make Ravens vs. Chiefs picks
Hartstein has analyzed this matchup and while we can tell you he’s leaning under the total, he has discovered a critical X-factor that has him jumping all over one side of the spread. He’s only sharing what it is, and who to back, at SportsLine.
Who wins Chiefs vs. Ravens? And what critical x-factor makes one side of the spread a must-back? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the Chiefs vs. Ravens spread you need to jump on Sunday Night Football, all from the expert who is 16-4 on Chiefs picks.