We wish we could say there was a bit more drama here, but there’s not. No one is expecting the K.C. Chiefs to lose on the road this week, even if it’s a much talked about matchup like playing at the Baltimore Ravens.
The reality is that the Chiefs have owned Baltimore for the last few seasons with four consecutive wins, including three with Patrick Mahomes at the helm. Add that to the fact that the team is falling apart at the seams at key positions, and it’s just going to take a significant amount of luck and inspired play for the Ravens to even make this competitive. It’s hard for any team to stomach the level of injuries they have and not come out weak.
The Chiefs, meanwhile, are healthy as a proverbial horse with everyone back in practice at full levels, which means the limitations of one club is meeting the freedom of another and the results should be as one-sided as that sounds. Still, we wanted to make our predictions, so here’s some of our contributing writers weighing in with their pick for the week.
The Ravens are banged up, the Chiefs are healthy. Honestly, I think that’s end of story. This week may mark the start of the fall of Baltimore. Chiefs 31, Ravens 17
The Ravens were never going to win even if they were at full strength, but being with league-average bookends at best is going to allow the Chiefs to defensively clamp things down enough to let the offense glide to a win. Chiefs 33, Ravens 17
The Chiefs are 3-0 against Lamar Jackson’s Baltimore Ravens, and that winning streak will continue on Sunday night. K.C. will be too much for an injury-depleted Baltimore to handle. Chiefs 34, Ravens17
Let’s be honest here, the Chiefs have the Ravens number even when they’re fully healthy. With all of Baltimore’s mounting injuries they just won’t be able to keep pace with Patrick Mahomes and company. Chiefs 34, Ravens 24
With the Chiefs seeing several familiar faces on defense return as well as the multitude of injuries suffered by Baltimore’s offensive line, the Ravens should have a difficult time in finding the end zone consistently in this Week 2 matchup. Pair this with the offensive success and momentum seen in Week 1, the Chiefs should be poised to have a fun Sunday. Chiefs 31, Ravens 21
The Chiefs play a flawless first half en route to the win. Chiefs 26, Ravens 21
The Ravens are a proud football team, and despite their injuries, they will make this one a lot closer than it should. Chiefs get an early lead like they always have vs the Ravens, but Baltimore will scrap their way to a close loss Chiefs 31, Ravens 27
The Ravens are littered with injuries, particularly along the offensive line. Hopefully this allows the Chiefs d-line to find its footing and feast. I think the offensive line continues to gel as they face a defensive front that isn’t as good as the Browns. Plus, Patrick always seems to pull something out in primetime and we are getting some key players back in Mathieu and Clark. I think this one goes to the Chiefs, and Lamar spends another week getting the “Will he ever beat Patrick?” question. Chiefs 31, Ravens 20
The Ravens are IR bound this year, the Chiefs however are healthy. After not being able to beat the Chiefs while healthy last season, the Chiefs should have no problem Sunday night. Chiefs 42, Ravens 30
Coming off a tough outing against Cleveland, Kansas City’s defense has to be ready for a triple-threat QB in Lamar Jackson. Steve Spagnuolo needs to have his defense ready for everything. But fans should expect improvement with two key players expected to return. Chiefs 31, Ravens 23