Not only is it a matchup of the two best Super Bowl favorites, but also the third chapter of the burgeoning rivalry between the last two league MVPs Lamar Jackson and Patrick Mahomes.
Jackson is 21-3 as a starter but he is 0-2 against Mahomes. At Jackson’s fourth career start two years ago, the Chiefs prevailed in overtime with 27:24. Last year the Chiefs beat the Ravens between 33 and 28. However, both games took place in the noisy Arrowhead Stadium.
Will there be a different result this time? The majority of forecasters we̵
This is a big difference from the week 3 meeting between the two teams last season, when 56 out of 60 experts selected the chiefs.
Here is an example of what experts say about the game:
The Ravens are the better team at this early point in the season.
Gregg Rosenthal from NFL.com: “Thirty quarterbacks have completed more than 20 yards more than Mahomes (3), including Jeff Driskel. The Chiefs are 17th in yards per game (5.7) and their offensive line has looked normal. I have no question Kansas City will snap out, but it faces a Ravens team that looks faster on offense (Devin Duvernay! Miles Boykin! JK Dobbins!) And tougher on defense (Calais Campbell! Derek Wolfe!) To the Ravens’ message Beginning of the season the Chiefs will have to respond to in January, probably back in Baltimore. “
The ravens’ running game gives them a distinct advantage.
NFL Next Gen Stats: “The Ravens raise expectations by nearly a full yard per run, which is good for fifth place in the NFL. Stopping the run is a problem for the chief’s defense. This year it’s not just 4.6 yards per carry allowed, but only 9.1 percent run stuff rate, lowest in the NFL. So run, Ravens run because your superpower happens to be your opponent’s kryptonite. “
The Baltimore Sun’s Childs Walker: “The Ravens have to score early and often to win this high-profile showdown. Kansas City’s poor running defense will allow them to do just that.”
Mike Garafolo of NFL Network: “”[The Ravens] will remain committed to the run, even if they have dropped significantly. So I’m sure they will respond to this saying, “We have a game plan to play football and we will stick with it. Kansas City has to show us that they can stop this. ‘So definitely a challenge for [Defensive Coordinator] Steve Spagnuolo’s defense knows they need to keep things up and do it quickly before this game on Monday. Otherwise, they will have some problems with this ravens’ offense which, by the way, has now been added by JK Dobbins to the return position. He impresses early on. “