The Ravens are a comfortable favorite in this one, and they should be. They have already proven they are one of the league's elite teams, while Kansas City has proven anything but.
Kansas City typically plays well in Arrowhead, but they are just 1-1 there this year, with a bad 35-17 loss to the Bills in Week 2 coming in their raucous home stadium.
Where: Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri
When: Sunday, October 7 at 1 p.m. ET
Live Stream: NFL Sunday Ticket
Listen: NFL Audio Pass
Betting Line: Ravens -6 (according to Bet Online on Oct. 3)
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The Chiefs defense is 20th against the run and 12th against the pass. This should lead to a big day for Ray Rice, but it doesn't mean that the Ravens' passing weapons need to be put on the bench. Baltimore will still get plenty of yards through the air as well.
Meanwhile, the Ravens defense is not as fierce as they once were, but they are still 12th against the run, and they will likely be playing with a lead in this one. Both factors could limit Jamaal Charles' production out of the backfield.
Ravens Player To Watch: Ray Rice
Ray Rice has had a fine season, but for the most part, he has taken a backseat to the passing game. He has gone over 100 yards on the ground just once this season with a 101-yard effort vs. the Patriots.
I expect him to set a new season high in this one while going against the weak Chiefs' run defense.
Chiefs Player To Watch: Matt Cassel
There's no two ways around it: Matt Cassel is struggling. He carries a 70.4 passer rating into this game while having thrown five touchdowns to seven interceptions.
He will have a chance to improve on those numbers here, as the Ravens are 29th in passing yards allowed and their pass rush is struggling with the absence of Terrell Suggs.
Key Matchup: Chiefs rush defense vs. Ray Rice
As we discussed above, the numbers point to a big day for Ray Rice. If the Chiefs plan on entertaining any thoughts of victory in this one, they cannot allow that to happen.
If the Ravens are churning out easy yards on the ground, Kansas City will never get Baltimore's offense off the field, and it will make for a very long day.
On the Hot Seat: Matt Cassel
We just highlighted Cassel's struggles, so it should be no surprise the quarterback is on the hot seat. He has to get better.
If he doesn't improve soon, there is a good chance that Brady Quinn will soon be the Chiefs starter.
Prediction: Ravens 31, Chiefs 20
The spread is not big enough in this one. Kansas City will not be able to slow the Ravens down, and its inconsistent offense will not be able to keep pace.
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