Baltimore Ravens @

Kansas City Chiefs

Sun, Dec 9
10:00 AM Pacific
Rotation: 105
Odds: Kansas City Chiefs -6.5, Total: 51.5

Game Analysis

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Lean – KANSAS CITY (-6.5) over Baltimore

This game will be our first look into how Kansas City’s offense responds without Kareem Hunt against a real NFL defense. Spencer Ware managed just a 29% rush success rate in Hunt’s place while recording only 1 catch for 5 yards and now he’ll face a Ravens rush defense ranked 2nd by our numbers. Furthermore, Baltimore’s defense is the only unit in the league holding opposing running backs to less than 4 yards per target and Ware will need to pick up his play for this matchup. The Ravens are also best in the league defending opposing wide receivers, limiting them to just 6.3 yards per target, which is 0.8 yards per target better than Kansas City’s defense, which ranks 2nd in that category.

While Kansas City won’t get as much production from their running back position as they usually do the Chiefs should be able to exploit Baltimore’s most-glaring defensive weakness. The Ravens are surrendering 8.6 yards per target to opposing tight ends (26th) and Travis Kelce ranks 1st at his position with 2.58 yards per route run and 70.3 expected points added. The Chiefs scored at will despite sloppy play in Oakland last week and the adjustment for Hunt is only half a point, so I suspect they’ll play well – especially considering that good defensive teams tend to play better at home than on the road against a good offense.

Baltimore’s offense has a 66% rush rate in Lamar Jackson’s first 3 starts, which is 25 percentage points above league average, resulting in a pace 1.5 seconds slower than the NFL average. The Ravens are 3-0 with Jackson under center in large part because all those runs have come against teams ranked 27th, 29th, and 31st in our rush defense ratings. Kansas City’s pass rush and secondary are solid, especially if Eric Berry is able to make his season debut, but those skills are less valuable against Baltimore’s gimmicky offense and I expect the Ravens to build on their success this week versus the worst rush defense in the league.

Our model does favor Kansas City by 7.8 points and the Chiefs apply to a 120-58-4 ATS situation that plays elite teams at home after consecutive road games. Baltimore, meanwhile, applies to a 52-126-4 ATS road letdown situation based on their current win streak. I’ll lean with Kansas City at -7 points or less.

  • Team Stats
  • Game Log
  • Ravens
  • Chiefs


  • Pass Plays 37.0 37.8
  • Succ Pass Plays 48.5% 43.4%
  • Sack Rate 5.4% 9.0%
  • Int Rate 2.1% 1.3%
  • Deep Pass Rate 18.1% 18.6%
  • Big Pass Yards 33.6% 35.1%
  • NYPP 6.4 5.4


  • Rush Plays 33.2 23.8
  • RB YPR 3.7 3.3
  • Stuff Rate 20.7% 26.5%
  • Succ Rush Plays 52.4% 39.3%
  • Big Rush Yards 35.3% 39.2%
  • Yards Per Rush 4.0 3.6


  • All Snaps 70.2 61.7
  • Early Down Succ 50.6% 43.8%
  • Succ Rate 50.2% 41.8%
  • Big Yards Rate 36.0% 37.6%
  • Yards Per Play 5.3 4.7
  • Fumble Lost Rate 0.8% 0.5%
  • Time Per Play (sec) 27.6 28.6
  • Run Ratio 46.5% 38.3%
  • Starting Field Pos 28.6 28.1
  • Game Control 2.2 -2.2
  • Points 24.7 18.5
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