As Week 3 of the NFL season comes to a close, we sit and eagerly wait for the marquee game of the week. Monday Night Football. Patrick Mahomes vs Lamar Jackson. Chiefs vs Ravens.
After a 4-1 Pick Em week last week, we decided to highlight only one game this week, and what a game this one is going to be.
As always whether you take our picks and head over to Betonline.ag to make some wagers is your choice, but hear is our pick for the NFL’s Game of the Week.
Kansas City Chiefs @ Baltimore Ravens (-3.5)
Baltimore’s Hot Start
After two dominant performances to start the NFL season, the Baltimore Ravens enter this week 2-0. Through the first two weeks of the NFL season, Baltimore averaged 35.5 Points per game with a scoring differential of 24.5.
Lamar Jackson is picking up right where he left off last season, and is flashing signs of massive improvement in the passing game. Through two games Jackson is 38-49 for 479 yards and 4 touchdowns. His passing numbers tell the story of just how efficient of a passer Jackson is becoming. What the numbers don’t tell the story of is the polish and accuracy Jackson is making on his throws down field.
After two consecutive disappointing playoff exits that exposed that making Jackson make tough throws is the route to shutdown the Ravens, it has to be encouraging that Jackson is improving that facet of his game.
On the defensive side of the ball, Baltimores opportunistic sound defense continues to be a bright spot for the Ravens, with interceptions in both games they’ve played thus far
Kansas City Winning in Different Ways
Kansas City enters Monday Night 2-0. In their first two games of the NFL, they found themselves in two completely different ball games. Week 1 saw them take a 17-7 lead into halftime and never look back en route to 34-20 opening night victory of Houston.
Week 2 told a different story for Kansas City. A rare instance in the Mahomes’ era that the Chiefs found themselves in a low scoring rock fight. The game saw the Los Angeles Chargers hold the lead for much of the game. Los Angeles had an answer for everything Kansas City showed offensively. They blitzed Mahomes on almost every passing down, completely throwing off the offensive rhythm of the Chiefs.
Kansas City needed a fourth quarter comeback, and of course Mahomes answered the call. a 54 yard bomb to Tyreke Hill knotted the game at 17, before Los Angeles retook the lead with a field goal. Mahomes drove the Chiefs down the field for a field goal as time expired, and then again in overtime as the Chiefs won the game 23-20 in overtime.
Whenever the Chiefs struggle in these low scoring games, it always seems like the offense finds the ability to explode in key drive time and time again.
A Look Ahead to Monday Night
The Baltimore Ravens enter the night as 3.5 point favorites.
In a game that features two of the NFL’s most dominant, creative offense’s, this game has all the recipes for a classic shootout. It won’t end up being the 54-51 classic that The Chiefs created with the Rams in 2018, but we’re heading into a classic for sure.
This game really comes down to the which defense can make the others offense uncomfortable. The Ravens defense is one that can flip the script of a game with one takeaway. While the Chiefs’ pass rush does enough to force quarterbacks into difficult throws.
The big question for Baltimore, as it is with every team is does there secondary have enough speed to keep up with the burners in the Chiefs offense. From a Kansas City standpoint, they got absolutely destroyed by the run last week and things are going to be even harder this week containing Jackson and Baltimores deep running back group.
The key players for each side tonight are Marlon Humphries for Baltimore and Tyrann Matheiu for Kansas City. The leaders of their respective defenses, and the two guys most likely to make the big play that flips this game for either side
Barr’s Prediction: Too Much Mahomes: Kansas City over Baltimore