The 2020 defending Super Bowl champs will take on 2019 MVP quarterback Lamar Jackson and his solid secondary on Monday Night Football. This could be a glimpse of what the AFC title game will look like—you don’t want to miss it.
Kansas City Chiefs vs. Baltimore Ravens
Monday, September 28, 2020 – 08:15 PM EDT at M&T Stadium
Why Kansas City Will Win
The undefeated Chiefs will head to Baltimore this weekend where they’ll face the No.1 ranked defense in the league right now. The Ravens have been waiting for another Monday Night home game since 2017. They’re finally getting it but now the game will be without fans in the stands, so the scale is slightly leaning towards Kansas City without a home field advantage in the way.
Kansas City also have themselves an MVP QB in Patrick Mahomes making this a magical game between the two elites. This will mark the first time in NFL history featuring two MVPs under the age of 26. So far, Jackson has lost twice against Mahomes in the past two regular seasons.
In 2018, Mahomes threw for 377 yards and two TDs and just last fall against them he had 374 yards and three scores. Mahomes has tight end Travis Kelce who is known to shine against the Ravens.
Kansas City also has Harrison Butker who will be ready to save the day if the games come close. Last Sunday, he had two field goals of 58 yards in an overtime win over the Chargers. He has yet to miss this season.
The Chiefs know Jacksons’ mobile game and will be prepared for it as they were two consecutive seasons. The Ravens will have to score early on to stay in the game.
Why Baltimore Will Win
The Ravens have shown to be a very dynamic team on both sides of the ball...Kansas City not so much.
In Baltimore, Jackson and Greg Roman have been a dual threat for the Ravens offense and a difficult task for teams to handle. The KC offense might be a test, but their defense isn’t much to worry about at all.
Without a normal offseason or preseason games, the Chiefs have struggled to make tackles on defense which will be a major problem trying to stop Jackson’s ground game.
Not only is Jackson good on the ground, he has become one of the league’s most accurate passers. Mahomes will have to carry the team on Monday and I’m not sure he’s capable of it after last Sunday’s scare.
The NFL odds currently have Baltimore as favorites. These offenses will move the chains but the Ravens’ secondary is a lot more reliable. The Ravens will hold Mahomes’ offense to win, but these boys will still have fun. The opening over/under point total was set at 52.5 points but now it's up to 54 at BookMaker. That’s still a safe bet, so let’s roll with it.