Kansas City Chiefs (-3, 54.5) @ Baltimore Ravens
September 19, 2021
8:20pm EST on NBC
The Ravens host the Chiefs on Sunday Night Football on September 19 in Week 2 of the 2021 NFL season with kickoff set for 8:20 PM EST. The Chiefs are coming off an opening week win over the Browns, 33-29. The Ravens stumbled out of the gate, losing to the Raiders in overtime, 33-27.
The most obvious match up to watch in this one is Patrick Mahomes versus Lamar Jackson. With a slew of injuries to begin the season, the entire Ravens’ offense rested on the shoulders of Jackson in the opener. He combined for 321 yards passing and rushing but fumbled twice, losing one. Jackson will have to play at an elite level for the Ravens to keep pace with the Chiefs high-powered attack.
Mahomes brought the Chiefs back after the team sputtered early against the Browns. He passed for 337 yards and three scores, adding another one on the ground. Mahomes has feasted on the AFC North during his career, going 8-0 with a 126.5 passer rating in his career.
Although Jackson is extremely difficult for most defenses to contain, so far the Chiefs have had the right formula. He’s completed only 52 percent of his passes for a pedestrian 79 passer rating and only one touchdown rushing in three games.
There is no secret that Mahomes loves to target Travis Kelce, and why not? After Raiders’ tight end Darren Waller torched the Ravens defense for 105 yards on 10 receptions, and could have even more had Derek Carr been more accurate with his delivery. Kelce could have a field day, but in all fairness to the Ravens, a small handful of teams have had success against Kelce, who had over 1400 yards receiving last season.
Kelce has had his way with the Ravens, averaging over 70 yards and six catches per game in his career. In addition, the Ravens’ linebackers and safeties had no answers for Waller. They could be in a for a long night against Kelce.
As we know, games at most levels are won in the trenches, which leads to the Chiefs offensive line versus the Baltimore defensive line. The Ravens love to blitz and has worked against most opponents, allowing only an 87 passer rating last season. However, it failed against the Raiders and hasn’t been successful against Mahomes and the Chiefs’ attack. In general, the blitz hasn’t worked against Mahomes, who completed 70 percent of his passes for 16 touchdowns and only one interception against the blitz last season.
This is the featured match up of the week and must-see tv for any NFL fan. There is likely going to be a plethora of highlights from two of the most exciting quarterbacks in the league.
The Chiefs enter the game as a 3 ½ - point road favorite with an over/under of 54 ½.