Sunday 22 September 18:00
Week Three of the NFL regular season has thrown up some fascinating clashes, including this match-up between two AFC play-off contenders.
Chiefs Edge the Head to Head
This fixture is one of the newest rivalries in the NFL, dating back to October 1999, when the Chiefs won 35-8 in their first ever meeting. Kansas won their next two encounters, in 2003 and 2004, before the Ravens turned the tables, winning four in a row between 2006 and 2012.
That run included their only post-season meeting so far, in the AFC Wild Card game of 2011, when the Ravens pulled off a surprise 30-7 victory at Arrowhead Stadium on their way to the Divisional Game, where they lost to the Steelers.
Since then, Kansas have restored their supremacy, beating the Ravens 34-14 at Baltimore in 2015 and winning 27-24 at home last season, though both teams reached the play-offs.
Kansas City Favourites
They were ultimately undone by the Patriots in a thrilling AFC Conference game, but the 2018 Chiefs were arguably the most exciting team in the NFL and they have started strongly once again. Despite losing three out of four pre-season games, they kicked off the real business with 40-26 win in Jacksonville and followed that with another convincing road win against the Raiders. This will be their toughest test yet, but with Patrick Mahomes orchestrating one of the NFL’s most potent offenses, they are a formidable prospect and it’s no surprise to see them as short as 7/20 favourites here.
The Ravens, who topped the AFC North last season, have had a similar start to the Chiefs, comfortably dispatching the woeful Dolphins in their opener, although they were made to work harder in their Week Two 23-17 win over the Cardinals at M&T Bank Stadium.
Lamar Jackson isn’t quite in the Mahomes class, but he’s a star quarterback, and the Ravens are a solid, hard-working side. They may also have a chance of disrupting the new-look Chiefs defense, which is still bedding in. At 5/2 they are the clear outsiders here, but may be underrated.
The Arrowhead Stadium is one of the toughest venues in the NFL, and last season the Chiefs won seven out of eight at home in the regular season, averaging over 32 points per game.