Baltimore Ravens vs. Kansas City Chiefs

Ravens Try to Keep Playoff Hopes Alive in NFL Bets Matchup at KC

December 7, 2018 NFL Football, Sportsbook

At the beginning of the season it was made clear to Baltimore head coach John Harbaugh that it was playoffs or bust.  As a matter of fact, Harbaugh was nearly fired last year after failing to get the team into post season.  And after a 4-6 start this season the Firing Squad was preparing to deal with Harbaugh.  Yet the Ravens went on to win their last three games to get back in to the playoff race.  Kansas City has been a hot commodity for NFL bets. Accordingly, the Chiefs have one of the most prolific offenses in the NFL.

Baltimore Ravens vs.  Kansas City Chiefs

Date and Time: Sunday, December 9, 2018, 1 p.m. ET

Location:  Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

NFL bets odds at SBG:

TeamSpreadTotal
Ravens+6½ (-105)53 (-110)
Chiefs-6½ (-115)53 (-110)
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Ravens vs. Chiefs TV Coverage:  CBS

Kansas City Chiefs

Kansas City has an NFL bets record of 10-2 straight up, 8-3-1 vs. the line, with 7-4-1 over the total.  As a result, the Chiefs lead the Chargers by one game in the AFC West.  Last week KC beat Oakland 40-33 as 14-point road overlays.  Kansas City is the highest scoring team in the NFL.  Of great concern is a defense that ranks next to last in the NFL.  And that defense is becoming a drag on the Chiefs betting value.  To show KC has paid in just one of their last five games.

Baltimore Ravens

Baltimore has a sportsbook record of 7-5 straight up, 6-6 against the board, and 5-7 under the total.  Last game for the Ravens was a 26-16 payout in Atlanta.  Counter to a month ago Baltimore is now just a half game behind Pittsburgh in the AFC North.  Overall the Ravens rank 13th in the NFL for offense and best in the league for total and scoring defense.  On the contrary quarterback Joe Flacco remains inconsistent.  Flacco has an 84.3 rating with 12 touchdowns and six interceptions.  Lamar Jackson and Gus Edwards have vastly improved the rushing attack.

Stats to Consider

Baltimore has been a dangerous and profitable road dog recently.  To illustrate the Ravens have lost just one of their last eight gams vs. the line in that role.  Also, six of the Ravens last nine as away pups have gone over the total.  Counter to that is Kansas City’s strong numbers as a home chalk.  For example, the Chiefs have gotten the money in six of their last nine laying points at Arrowhead Stadium.  KC has also gone under the total in nine of their last 10 in that situation.

Team vs. Team

This has been a back and fourth head to head series.  To illuminate the Chiefs have covered the last two meetings.  But the Ravens paid in all three of the games before that.  In like manner two of the last three between these teams went under the total.  In the same way the Chiefs have covered four of their last six home games with the Ravens. By contrast these teams have failed to go over the total in their last seven meetings at KC.

Matchup to Watch

Baltimore has the defensive advantage in this NFL bets Matchup.  By reason of that they should stay within the number.  Secondly the leaky KC defense should leave the back door wide open.

Ravens vs. Chiefs NFL Bets

Resurgent Baltimore plus the points rates the call.

Ravens vs. Chiefs NFL Bets Pick:  Baltimore Ravens

Ravens vs. Chiefs NFL Bets Score Prediction:  Ravens 28, Chiefs 27

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