The Kansas City Chiefs are getting no respect from the NFL pundits in their game against the Baltimore Ravens this weekend. The Ravens are being picked by everyone to defeat the KC Chiefs and advance to the next round of the playoffs.
The Chiefs have more weapons on offense than most people think.
Kansas City’s leading receiver with 1,162 yards and 15 touchdowns is Dwayne Bowe, who is emerging as a superstar.
The Chiefs are the best rushing team in the entire league and can control time of possession with their grinding attack.
The Chiefs are led by Jamaal Charles, who was second in the NFL in rushing yards with 1,467, averaging an impressive 6.4 per carry. He has game-breaking ability and is a solid complement to Thomas Jones.
Kansas City had one of the league’s most productive offenses, averaging 349.7 yards, and the Chiefs eclipsed the 400-yard mark in seven games.
The Ravens are such a popular pick due to a great defense that is their strength. They have Super Bowl experience and are used to playing in important playoff games.
The Ravens defense is one of the best in the league last year, when they defeated the New England Patriots on the road.
Linebacker Ray Lewis shores up the middle of the field and safety Ed Reed leads the NFL in interceptions, although he did not play a full season due to injury. While this defense is impressive, it is beatable.
The Ravens will have to win in one of the hardest places to play in the league. Arrowhead Stadium is a house of horrors for opposing teams and the Chiefs have excelled at 7-1 this year at home.
The Chiefs are 6-1 against the spread (ATS) in their last seven games following a loss and 7-2 ATS in their last nine games as an underdog.
The Ravens are 1-4 ATS in their last five games as a road favorite of 0.5-3.0 and can struggle against the Chiefs on the road.
The Chiefs earn some respect with a win over Baltimore to advance.
Matt Regaw is a B/R Featured Columnist and the founder of BookieBlitz.com, your one-stop shop for sports articles, previews and predictions. Feel free to contact Matt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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