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Baltimore Ravens vs. Kansas City Chiefs Week 2 Betting Preview, Odds, and Prediction

Bookmakers install the Baltimore Ravens as the 4-point home underdogs for their marquee showdown against the high-flying Kansas City Chiefs in primetime Sunday night football. Do the bookies have it right?
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Baltimore Ravens vs. Kansas City Chiefs Week 2 Betting Preview, Odds, and Prediction

Date: Sunday, September 19, 2021

Game Time: 8:20 PM ET

Location: M&T Bank Stadium

TV Network: NBC

Baltimore Ravens Record: (0-1-0 SU, 0-1-0 ATS)

Kansas City Chiefs: (1-0-0 SU, 0-1-0 ATS)

Baltimore Ravens vs. Kansas City Chiefs Week 2 Betting Preview

The Baltimore Ravens got their 2021 campaign off to a disappointing start, losing 33-27 in overtime to the Las Vegas Raiders in a packed Allegiant Stadium on Monday night. The Kansas City Chiefs, meanwhile, overcame the Cleveland Browns in a come-from-behind 33-29 win at the raucous Arrowhead Stadium.

Lookahead lines had the Chiefs installed as the nominal 1-point road chalk for this game. However, at the close of Week 1 NFL action, the needle moved on the line dramatically, and it now sits on -3.5 with most market operators. Some books have gone up as high as Chiefs -4 with the spread juiced to a high -120, which could be an indication the line could go even higher before kick-off on Sunday night.

Complete Week 2 NFL odds

Baltimore Ravens vs. Kansas City Chiefs Week 2 NFL Odds 

TeamPoint SpreadMoneylineOver/Under
Baltimore Ravens+4+175Over 54.5
Kansas City Chiefs-4-189Under 54.5

Ravens vs. Chiefs odds

Baltimore Ravens Betting Odds & Overview

Lamar Jackson’s overtime fumble proved costly as the Ravens fell in overtime to the Raiders, 33-27, in their season opener on the road. The Ravens went into the game as the noteworthy road faves, closing on the NFL odds board as the 3-point road chalk. But they fled Sin City on the heels of an upset that not only sent seismic shockwaves through betting markets but also tarnished their credentials as legitimate contenders. The timing of it – the week before a blockbuster matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs – couldn’t be worse for Baltimore. Lamar Jackson dubbed the Chiefs “our kryptonite” last season, after the Ravens lost to the AFC superpower for a third straight time.

Things started off brightly in Sin City. The Ravens were in the ascendancy in the fourth quarter, but each time they took the lead, the Raiders answered back with conviction. They couldn’t close out the Raiders, despite having multiple chances to do so. Lamar Jackson has suffered many knockbacks in his career, but the fact that he’s not the best closer is probably one of the biggest obstacles he’s yet to overcome. He didn’t do it on Monday night.

Jackson went 19-of-30 for 235 passing yards and a touchdown with zero interceptions. He added 86 rushing yards on 12 carries to his Monday night football account. TySon Williams had 65 rushing yards and a touchdown, and Latavius Murray, who only recently signed with the Ravens, had 28 rushing yards and a touchdown. Overall, the Ravens put up 406 yards of offense (217 passing yards and 189 rushing yards), but two costly turnovers – both lost fumbles by Jackson – proved to be their undoing. In total, the Ravens had four fumbles – three by Jackson and one from Devin Duvernay.

The Ravens pass rush had a rough night, too, allowing Carr to put up dizzying numbers (435 passing yards and two touchdowns). The rush defense fared much better, holding the Raiders to merely 82 yards on the ground. And the secondary struggled to protect Jackson, who was sacked three times and pressured on 18 of his 33 dropbacks. Where the defense came up short the most was in the final seconds of the game as the Ravens were up 27-24 on the Raiders. All they needed was one final stand in the last 37 seconds to clinch the win. However, that proved to be too much time for the pass-happy Raiders as Carr set up kicker Daniel Carlson for a 55-yard field goal.

Kansas City Chiefs Betting Odds & Overview

The Chiefs orchestrated one of the best comebacks in Week 1 of the NFL season, erasing a 12-point deficit in the come-from-behind victory over the Browns at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs trailed for the better part of three quarters before flipping the script. And Mahomes, aptly dubbed “Mr September,” improved to a perfect 11-0 SU mark in the month of September and the Chiefs begin 2021 with a 1-0 SU record.

One could wax lyrical about Patrick Mahomes and the high-octane Chiefs offense all day long, and still not run out of hyperbole. Another team facing a similar situation would have buckled under the pressure or simply run out of ideas, but the Chiefs (and others like the Buccaneers, who are cut from the same silk) play at another worldly level. The Chiefs were magnificent. Patrick Mahomes was superb. And once again, Lamar Jackson fails in comparison.

Mahomes went 27-of-36 for 337 yards and three touchdowns with zero interceptions. He also ran for a score in the Sunday afternoon thriller to cap his account with four touchdowns overall. Tyreek Hill gobbled up 197 yards on 11 receptions with one touchdown, and Travis Kelce contributed another 76 yards and two touchdowns. The Chiefs defense is often overlooked and overshadowed by the Mahomes-inspired offense, but they had a solid game and came up with the interception on Baker Mayfield in the final minutes of the game that sealed the win.

Baltimore Ravens vs. Kansas City Chiefs Week 2 Betting Preview

Mahomes and the Chiefs are 3-0 against Jackson and the Ravens – a run of form that underscores the Ravens @ Chiefs odds for this game. However, it’s the manner in which Mahomes and the Chiefs have beaten the Ravens that’s really at the crux of the market here. The Chiefs have simply outclassed, outplayed and outmuscled the Ravens every single time.

It’s a short turnaround for the Ravens ahead of a date with their “kryptonite,” and so, it’s hard to imagine any other outcome but another Chiefs win over the Ravens this Sunday night. But after the Ravens bottled it on MNF, this could even be a letdown spot for Baltimore, which could lead to the Chiefs steamrolling the Ravens in their season home-opener. If Carr and the Raiders could shred this Ravens defense, one can only imagine what Mahomes and the Chiefs could do, Thus, the Chiefs are easily the choice bet to cover the 3.5 to 4-point spread that’s currently trading. In fact, one could suggest, the Chiefs are a steal bet.

NFL Picks: Chiefs -3.5 (-110).


Nikki Adams is a freelance sports writer that’s honed in on the world of sports betting. She joined OddsChecker in 2021 after having covered a number of major American sports, including NFL and NCAAF, for several other publications in the industry. When she’s not looking for the best betting angles and writing engaging and insightful articles, she’s likely on a tennis court or binging on reality TV.


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