The last game of Week 3 provides us with a matchup that is expected to be timeless. Two of the best teams in the NFL squaring off in a game should go a long way to see who represents the AFC in this year’s Super Bowl (remember, only one NFL team from each conference gets a bye now with seven teams making the postseason).
The defending Super Bowl champions with their all-world quarterback, Patrick Mahomes, and cast of playmakers littered throughout the offense will face a tough challenge against the Ravens defense. Kansas City was a bit lethargic last week against the Chargers and will have something to prove offensively tonight against a more difficult opponent.
On the other side, The Baltimore Ravens have been stellar early on this season. The Ravens have their sights set on an AFC Championship and that road goes through Kansas City. Lamar Jackson has been fantastic this season. He needs to shine tonight in order to avoid being the player that can’t win the lights shine the brightest.
Let’s look at a few ways to make some money tonight!
Clyde Edwards-Helaire Over 25.5 Receiving Yards (-108)
Helaire had zero catches in week 1 but he did carry the ball 25 times for 138 yards. In week 2, against a better defensive front, the Chargers shut the run game down. They held CEH to 38 yards on 10 carries.
In an effort to get the ball into the rookie’s hands, they threw to ball to him six times, netting 32 yards. Last week against the Houston Texans, Baltimore allowed only 51 yards on 17 carries, including five scrambles by Texans quarterback, Desean Watson.
Expect the Ravens to negate the running game again and force Mahomes to throw the ball. Once again though, they will need to get the ball into Clyde’s hands. He should get plenty of receptions.
Marquise Brown Over 51.5 Receiving Yards (-112)
Brown is the biggest downfield threat of Baltimore’s receivers. He has 10 catches for143 yards early on this season. Baltimore will run to open up the passing game and Marquise should be the beneficiary. They will have to take their shots in an effort to put pressure on the Kansas City offense.
Brown came into this season bulked up and is even faster than he was last season; He should have a big season moving forward. Tonight will be his coming-out party on the national scene.
Kansas City’s weakness on defense is their secondary. The Ravens will attack the secondary. Brown should have a big night tonight and could cover this prop with just one catch.
Mark Andrews To Score A TD (+125)
Andrews is the Ravens’ Redzone weapon. He is their No. 1 option every time they get into scoring range. He had two touchdowns in Week 1 and already has 15 through his two-plus seasons in the league.
Because of the power of the running game, teams need to load the box when Baltimore gets close to the Redzone. Harbaugh is always one step ahead though. When the box is loaded, the ball is going to Mark Andrews; all he does is score touchdowns.
Total Points Over 54 (-110)
This should be one of the best games of the season with elite talent on both offenses. Scoring has been up so far this season and the Ravens-Chiefs matchup should continue that trend.
Big plays will be abundant. Both teams have elite quarterbacks, great running games, great receivers, and two of the best kickers in the league. The defenses are certainly not as far along as the offenses. Expect fireworks early and often and lots of points!
*Odds via DraftKings