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Kansas City Chiefs vs. Baltimore Ravens Pick & Prediction SEP 28TH 2020

FinishedTV: ESPNM&T Bank Stadium Baltimore

489Kansas City Chiefs
490Baltimore Ravens

OP
52.5
-2.5
CU
52o -105
-3.5 -105
ML
150
-170
Partials
1 2 3 4
6 21 0 7
3 7 3 7
Score
34
20
Recap

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A Monday night home game brings national spotlight, potential distractions and the height of anticipation for the Baltimore Ravens.

 

The 2-0 Ravens circled the Week 3 "Monday Night Football" game on the schedule in April, knowing it would give them a chance to measure up against Patrick Mahomes and the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs.

 

Baltimore buried its first two opponents -- the Cleveland Browns and Houston Texans -- setting the stage for another showdown with Mahomes. The Ravens are 16-3 since the start of the 2019 regular season. They've won 14 consecutive regular-season games.

 

But they're 0-2 against Mahomes and the Chiefs with losses each of the past two seasons by a grand total of eight points, including 33-28 in Week 3 last season.

 

"He's got all these tools and has all this talent around him," Ravens All-Pro cornerback Marlon Humphrey said of facing Mahomes. "As good as he is in the pocket, he's just as good if not better outside the pocket. Preparing for him is really tough. He's never out of the game."

 

Reigning MVP Lamar Jackson laments not getting his shot at Mahomes in the AFC playoffs last season. The Ravens lost to the Titans, and the Chiefs took down Tennessee in the conference championship game. After Jackson's offensive line underwent changes in the offseason, early returns are beyond positive.

 

Kansas City survived a white-knuckle Week 2 scare at the hands of the Chargers, beating Los Angeles on a Harrison Butker 58-yard field goal in OT. The Chiefs get the idea that every team will place a bull's-eye on this team.

 

"It's definitely the team that we know we need to beat If we want to be champions. This is one of those teams you have to get past," Ravens Pro Bowl left tackle Ronnie Stanley said.

 

And Baltimore has defensive personnel to replicate some of the gap control schemes that helped the Chargers again make Mahomes appear mortal.

 

The Ravens also have an NFL-best five takeaways after two games and old friend Marcus Peters, the starter opposite Humphrey at cornerback, should be considered a clear and present danger facing his old mates from Kansas City. Combined, the Ravens CB tandem scored five defensive TDs in 2019. Peters is a pick-six machine with six defensive touchdowns (seven total) in his career.

 

Humphrey, who has an interception and forced fumble already this season, was at field level when Mahomes and the Chiefs beat the San Francisco 49ers in February.

 

"I was on the field during the Super Bowl just walking around, watching the other teams warm up," Humphrey said. "The energy I felt down there in Miami, it really just triggered my whole offseason ... just thinking, 'Man, the only thing I really want is a Super Bowl.'"

 

Jackson and Mahomes are meeting for the third time and are the established NFL elite, not just among the 25-and-under candidates. Each brings a certain stop-and-watch appeal and are among the league's most popular attractions for much different reasons.

 

"These two are two of the best," Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Thursday. "Here you have an opportunity to watch them compete against each other. It's really fun to watch them grow."

 

Jackson has a fan in Mahomes.

 

"He's a great player," Mahomes said of Jackson. "He can make all the throws, he can run with the ball, he can really do it all. It's always fun to watch guys like that that put in the work and have success on the field. I look forward to the contest this week."

 

Mahomes' rally to beat the Chargers wasn't a shock. It added to his splendid 9-0 career September record.

 

With all of the due attention given the quarterbacks in Monday's game, a pair of rookie running backs are injecting energy into these two vast and unique schemes.

 

Clyde Edwards-Helaire was the 32nd pick in the 2020 draft and jumped into the starting lineup immediately. Baltimore plans to utilize another first-round rookie, inside linebacker Patrick Queen, to contain CEH.

 

Mark Ingram remains the primary back for the Ravens but second-rounder J.K. Dobbins will be part of the game plan. The Chiefs, who closely studied the 2020 running back class, are very aware of Dobbins' skill set. He scored twice in Week 1.

 

Ravens head coach John Harbaugh was an assistant coach for Reid from 1997-2007 with the Philadelphia Eagles. The coaches are close friends, as are their wives. Harbaugh said his admiration for Reid is endless.

 

"He's just really good -- always has been," Harbaugh said. "Anything he does, pretty much all the time, the play is designed to try to score. That's what you understand about Andy. That's just the way he looks at the game."

 

For the Chiefs, wideout Sammy Watkins is in the concussion protocol and did not practice Thursday. Defensive end Alex Okafor (hamstring) was also a non-participant.

 

--Field Level Media

 

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Baltimore Ravens

Player Position Lineup
Frank Clark primary: Right Defensive End Starter
Rashad Fenton primary: Right Cornerback Starter
Eric Fisher primary: Left Tackle Starter
Tyreek Hill primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Anthony Hitchens primary: Linebacker Starter
Chris Jones primary: Left Defensive Tackle Starter
Travis Kelce primary: Tight End Starter
Tanoh Kpassagnon primary: Left Defensive End Starter
Patrick Mahomes primary: Quarterback Starter
Tyrann Mathieu primary: Safety Starter
Ben Niemann primary: Linebacker Starter
Derrick Nnadi primary: Right Defensive Tackle Starter
Austin Reiter primary: Center Starter
Mitchell Schwartz primary: Right Tackle Starter
Juan Thornhill primary: Safety Starter
Sammy Watkins primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Damien Wilson primary: Linebacker Starter
Nick Keizer primary: Tight End Starter
Mike Remmers primary: Right Guard Starter
Clyde Edwards-Helaire primary: Runningback Starter
L'Jarius Sneed primary: Left Cornerback Starter
Kelechi Osemele primary: Left Guard Starter
Nick Allegretti primary: Guard Substitution
Harrison Butker primary: Kicker Substitution
Mecole Hardman primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Marcus Kemp primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Dorian O'Daniel primary: Linebacker Substitution
Byron Pringle primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Daniel Sorensen primary: Safety Substitution
Darwin Thompson primary: Runningback Substitution
Charvarius Ward primary: Cornerback Substitution
Armani Watts primary: Safety Substitution
Darrel Williams primary: Runningback Substitution
James Winchester primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Deon Yelder primary: Tight End Substitution
Antonio Hamilton primary: Cornerback Substitution
Mike Pennel primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Anthony Sherman primary: Fullback Substitution
Demarcus Robinson primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Willie Gay primary: Linebacker Substitution
Mike Danna primary: Defensive End Substitution
Tommy Townsend primary: Punter Substitution
Tershawn Wharton primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Taco Charlton primary: Defensive End Substitution
Tedric Thompson primary: Safety Substitution
Demone Harris primary: Defensive End Not active
Alex Okafor primary: Defensive End Not active
Andrew Wylie primary: Guard Not active
Chad Henne primary: Quarterback Did not play
Ricky Seals-Jones primary: Tight End Not active
Bopete Keyes primary: Defensive Back Not active
Yasir Durant primary: Offensive Linesman Did not play
Daniel Kilgore primary: Center Did not play
Player PositionLineup
Nick Boyle primary: Tight End Starter
Bradley Bozeman primary: Left Guard Starter
Orlando Brown Jr. primary: Right Tackle Starter
Marquise Brown primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Chuck Clark primary: Strong Safety Starter
DeShon Elliott primary: Free Safety Starter
L.J. Fort primary: Weak Linebacker Starter
Marlon Humphrey primary: Defensive Back Starter
Mark Ingram II primary: Runningback Starter
Lamar Jackson primary: Quarterback Starter
Matthew Judon primary: Strong Outside Linebacker Starter
Marcus Peters primary: Left Cornerback Starter
Patrick Ricard primary: Fullback Starter
Matt Skura primary: Center Starter
Willie Snead IV primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Ronnie Stanley primary: Left Tackle Starter
Brandon Williams primary: Nose Tackle Starter
Calais Campbell primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Jimmy Smith primary: Right Cornerback Starter
Patrick Queen primary: Middle Linebacker Starter
Tyre Phillips primary: Right Guard Starter
Pernell McPhee primary: Linebacker Starter
Otaro Alaka primary: Linebacker Substitution
Mark Andrews primary: Tight End Substitution
Anthony Averett primary: Cornerback Substitution
Chris Board primary: Linebacker Substitution
Tyus Bowser primary: Linebacker Substitution
Miles Boykin primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Morgan Cox primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Gus Edwards primary: Runningback Substitution
Justin Ellis primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Jaylon Ferguson primary: Linebacker Substitution
Sam Koch primary: Punter Substitution
Patrick Mekari primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Ben Powers primary: Guard Substitution
Justin Tucker primary: Kicker Substitution
Terrell Bonds primary: Cornerback Substitution
Jihad Ward primary: Defensive End Substitution
Anthony Levine Sr. primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Derek Wolfe primary: Defensive End Substitution
J.K. Dobbins primary: Runningback Substitution
Devin Duvernay primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Malik Harrison primary: Linebacker Substitution
James Proche II primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Khalil Dorsey primary: Cornerback Substitution
D.J. Fluker primary: Guard Substitution
Jordan Richards primary: Safety Substitution
Robert Griffin III primary: Quarterback Did not play
Justice Hill primary: Runningback Not active
Trace McSorley primary: Quarterback Not active
Chris Moore primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Justin Madubuike primary: Defensive Tackle Not active
Ben Bredeson primary: Guard Not active
Broderick Washington primary: Defensive Tackle Not active
Geno Stone primary: Safety Not active

Kansas City Chiefs

Baltimore Ravens

  • Match Start
  • Period 1
  • MIN 6
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 3 Yards
    • Rusher: Patrick Mahomes
    • Conv Kicker: Harrison Butker
  • MIN 9
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 26 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Justin Tucker
  • Period 2
  • MIN 1
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 49 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Mecole Hardman
    • Passer: Patrick Mahomes
    • Conv Kicker: Harrison Butker
  • MIN 6
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 20 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Tyreek Hill
    • Passer: Patrick Mahomes
    • Conv Kicker: Harrison Butker
  • MIN 12
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 5 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Anthony Sherman
    • Passer: Patrick Mahomes
    • Conv Kicker: Harrison Butker
  • MIN 12
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Kickoff Return
    • 93 Yards
    • Kickoff Returner: Devin Duvernay
    • Conv Kicker: Justin Tucker
  • Period 3
  • MIN 6
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 42 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Justin Tucker
  • Period 4
  • MIN 8
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 2 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Eric Fisher
    • Passer: Patrick Mahomes
    • Conv Kicker: Harrison Butker
  • MIN 14
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 5 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Nick Boyle
    • Passer: Lamar Jackson
    • Conv Kicker: Justin Tucker
  • Match End

GAMES

Last 10

W 80% L 20%
8 2
  • @Tampa Bay L 9 - 31
  • Buffalo W 24 - 38
  • Cleveland W 17 - 22
  • L.A. Chargers L 38 - 21
  • Atlanta W 14 - 17
  • @New Orleans W 32 - 29
  • @Miami W 33 - 27
  • Denver W 16 - 22
  • @Tampa Bay W 27 - 24
  • @Las Vegas W 35 - 31
W 60% L 40%
6 4
  • @Buffalo L 3 - 17
  • @Tennessee W 20 - 13
  • @Cincinnati W 38 - 3
  • N.Y. Giants W 13 - 27
  • Jacksonville W 14 - 40
  • @Cleveland W 47 - 42
  • Dallas W 17 - 34
  • @Pittsburgh L 14 - 19
  • Tennessee L 30 - 24
  • @New England L 17 - 23

Last Meetings

  • Chiefs @ Ravens 34-20
  • Ravens @ Chiefs 28-33
  • Ravens @ Chiefs 24-27
  • Chiefs @ Ravens 34-14
  • Ravens @ Chiefs 9-6
  • Chiefs @ Ravens 13-31
  • Ravens @ Chiefs 30-7
  • Chiefs @ Ravens 24-38
  • Ravens @ Chiefs 20-10

American Football Conference

AFC EastWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Buffalo Bills133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-29-0-1
Miami Dolphins106 0.6253.00.00.0 5-35-37-0-3
New England Patriots79 0.4386.00.00.0 5-32-65-0-5
New York Jets214 0.12511.00.00.0 1-71-72-0-8
AFC NorthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Pittsburgh Steelers124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-36-0-4
Baltimore Ravens115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Cleveland Browns115 0.6881.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Cincinnati Bengals411 1.2677.50.00.0 3-51-63-1-7
AFC SouthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Indianapolis Colts115 0.6880.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Tennessee Titans115 0.6880.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Houston Texans412 0.2507.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
Jacksonville Jaguars115 0.06310.00.00.0 1-70-81-0-10
AFC WestWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Kansas City Chiefs142 0.8750.00.00.0 6-28-09-0-1
Las Vegas Raiders88 0.5006.00.00.0 2-66-25-0-5
Los Angeles Chargers79 0.4387.00.00.0 4-43-55-0-5
Denver Broncos511 0.3139.00.00.0 2-63-53-0-7

National Football Conference

NFC EastWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Washington Football Team79 0.4380.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
New York Giants610 0.3751.00.00.0 3-53-55-0-5
Dallas Cowboys610 0.3751.00.00.0 4-42-64-0-6
Philadelphia Eagles411 1.2672.50.00.0 3-41-73-1-7
NFC NorthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Green Bay Packers133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-28-0-2
Chicago Bears88 0.5005.00.00.0 3-55-33-0-7
Minnesota Vikings79 0.4386.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
Detroit Lions511 0.3138.00.00.0 1-74-42-0-8
NFC SouthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
New Orleans Saints124 0.7500.00.00.0 6-26-28-0-2
Tampa Bay Buccaneers115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-27-0-3
Carolina Panthers511 0.3137.00.00.0 2-63-52-0-8
Atlanta Falcons412 0.2508.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
NFC WestWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Seattle Seahawks124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-37-0-3
Los Angeles Rams106 0.6252.00.00.0 6-24-46-0-4
Arizona Cardinals88 0.5004.00.00.0 4-44-44-0-6
San Francisco 49ers610 0.3756.00.00.0 1-75-33-0-7

Last Injuries

Kansas City Chiefs vs. Baltimore Ravens

Patrick Mahomes passed for 385 yards and four touchdowns and also rushed for a score as the Kansas City Chiefs recorded a 34-20 victory over the host Baltimore Ravens in Monday night's showdown between two of the NFL's best teams.

Mahomes completed 31 of 42 passes and repeatedly spread the ball around as five Kansas City players topped 60 receiving yards. Left tackle Eric Fisher and fullback Anthony Sherman caught touchdown passes as did receivers Tyreek Hill and Mecole Hardman.

Chris Jones stood out on the defensive side with two of Kansas City's four sacks and he also two forced fumbles as the Chiefs started 3-0 for the fourth consecutive season.

Lamar Jackson completed 15 of 28 passes for a mere 97 yards and one touchdown for Baltimore (2-1). The passing output was Jackson's lowest in 25 games as a starter. He also had 83 rushing yards on nine carries for the Ravens, who also received a kickoff return score from Devin Duvernay.

The Ravens had just 228 yards of total offense after averaging 394 yards and 35.5 points over their first two games. The Chiefs had 517 yards while holding a 29-16 edge in first downs and converting 10 of 13 third-down opportunities.

Travis Kelce led Kansas City with 87 receiving yards on six receptions. Also topping 60 were Hardman (four for 81), Hill (five for 77), Clyde Edwards-Helaire (five for 70, plus 20 for 64 rushing) and Sammy Watkins (seven for 62).

Baltimore trailed by 17 at halftime but got back into the game on a 42-yard field goal by Justin Tucker with 6:13 left in the third quarter and Jackson's 5-yard touchdown throw to Nick Boyle on the first play of the final stanza to pull within 27-20.

But Kansas City answered with a 13-play, 75-yard drive and coach Andy Reid pulled out one of his trick plays on first-and-goal from the Ravens' 2-yard line. Fisher pretended he was blocking and then slid into the left flat to catch the scoring pass from Mahomes on the tackle-eligible play with 8:14 remaining to make it a 14-point margin.

The Ravens reached the Chiefs' 13 on their next drive but Ben Niemann and Frank Clark sacked Jackson on back-to-back downs (second and third) to account for 18 yards in losses and Jackson's fourth-and-24 pass was incomplete with 4:55 left to end the suspense.

Mahomes passed for three touchdowns and ran for another as the Chiefs held a 27-10 halftime lead.

After Tucker capped Baltimore's first possession with a 26-yard field goal, Kansas City moved 75 yards on six plays with Mahomes scoring the touchdown on a 3-yard run.

The Chiefs drove 68 yards on 13 plays on their second chance with the ball and the drive ended with Mahomes tossing a 5-yard shovel pass to Sherman to make it 13-3 with 12:52 left in the first half.

Duvernay displayed his speed on the ensuing kickoff by returning it down the right sideline for a 93-yard touchdown. But Kansas City's offense kept clicking as Mahomes threw a 20-yard scoring pass to Hill and a 49-yarder on third-and-14 to Hardman to account for the 17-point advantage.

--Field Level Media