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|Kansas City Chiefs||+3.5
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It is not often that you will have a chance during the 2020 season to take the Chiefs plus points, so it might be a good idea to jump on that unicorn here in Week 3.
Chiefs +3.5 -120
|Chiefs vs Ravens Information|
|What||Kansas City Chiefs vs Baltimore Ravens|
|Where||M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, MD|
|When||Monday, September 28, 2020; 8:15 PM ET|
|How to watch||ESPN|
The Kansas City Chiefs went to overtime to beat the LA Chargers in Week 2 by a 58-yard field goal, and for the first time in a long time, Patrick Mahomes and company looked beatable, though they still won on his impressive 27 completions for 302 yards and 2 touchdowns with no interceptions.
The Ravens trounced all over the Texans in Week 2 with QB Lamar Jackson again being effective though the air (18/24 for 204 yds, TD) and on the ground (16 carries for 54 yds), showing off a set of skills that could make this MNF matchup with the Chiefs a game to be remembered.
The two AFC rivals have met each other a total of 10 times (including 1 postseason game), with the Ravens winning 4 of those games and the Chiefs coming out on top in 6 of them.
When it was made clear that the Chiefs would face the Chargers’ rookie QB, Justin Herbert, in Week 2 due to an injury to the chest of starter Tyrod Taylor, nobody gave the poor freshman a chance. Big mistake.
Herbert brought LA to overtime and almost won it but because Kansas City’s placekicker, Harrison Butker, has one of the rare breeds of leg that can boot a 58-yarder on command, the Chiefs still ended up winning this one at the last minute in OT.
They are not facing a rookie in Week 3, and the Ravens will take full advantage of any mistakes the Chiefs decide to make, so it will be up to Mahomes to return his squad to the dominating force that won them a Lombardi Trophy last season.
Ravens QB Lamar Jackson is, plain and simple, one of the best at his position right now, which makes this MNF matchup with Patrick Mahomes even more interesting for fans, because the same could be said about him, too.
Both QBs are mobile and have accurate arms, so it will be fun to see how they attempt to outdo each other when they’re each on the field.
This game could come down to the better defense (that belongs to the Ravens) but it could also come down to Jackson busting out some more QB miracles.
One of the league’s top tight end, Chiefs’ Travis Kelce is always good for some middle of the field receptions to bail out his QB Patrick Mahomes.
This season he has been targeted 20 times and has come up with 15 catches for 140 total passing yards and 2 touchdowns, numbers that will only increase exponentially assuming the TE stays healthy, which he tends to do.
Kelce is tough to defend and will give Ravens DC Don Martindale plenty of headaches while he is constructing a defensive game plan for this one.
Not too many rookies are immediately effective in the NFL, but first-round draft pick Patrick Queen has jumped into the talented Ravens lineup and has right away posted some impressive numbers.
In just two games, Queen has recorded a sack, 2 quarterback hits, a forced fumble, and 17 combined tackles with one of those being for a loss, stats that any veteran of the league would be proud of at this point in the season.
Odd year for a rookie (for all the NFL athletes, for that matter), but Queen has proven these difficult circumstances will not prevent him from competing, an attitude that will no doubt be bad news for the Chiefs’ offense on Monday night.
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