|Written by Vincent Di Mello|
Bet on the NFLNFL betting lines are set for what looks to be at first glance a NFL betting mismatch as the Baltimore Ravens host the Kansas City Chiefs. NFL betting lines opened with the Ravens as 11 point favorites with a NFL betting total of 37. The big mismatch looks to be the KC offense against the Raven defense.
Kansas City enters as a prohibitive underdog against the NFL betting lines primarily because of their inept offense. Head coach Todd Haley fired offensive coordinator Chan Gailey at the end of the NFL betting preseason and took over the duties himself in the hopes of jump starting the attack.
New quarterback Matt Cassel, who came with new general manager Scott Pioli from the New England Patriots, was injured in preseason and is not expected to play in the NFL football betting opener against the Ravens although sources do say its possible he will see action against the NFL betting lines at Baltimore.
Brodie Croyle will go if Cassel cannot answer the bell. Croyle had a rough preseason against the NFL betting lines with a weak quarterback rating of 69.4 as he completed just half of his passes. The Chiefs had the least productive offense against the preseason NFL betting lines and now must face one of the top defensive units in the game.
The Baltimore Ravens enter action against the NFL betting lines as one of the favorites to win the AFC title. Baltimore looked in mid season form against the preseason NFL betting lines as they finished exhibition action with the top ranked defense. Last year they trailed only the Pittsburgh Steelers for the top defensive ranking against the NFL betting lines. Second year quarterback Joe Flacco had a fine pre season as he finished with a 94.3 quarterback rating as he hit on 66% of his passes for 1 touchdown and 0 interceptions.
The Chiefs are longshots for this one based on the obvious mismatch of their offense against the Raven defense. Beyond that KC has won just 2 out of their last 25 games straight up and 1 out of their last 12 games on the road. That being said the Chiefs have often been a better than expected value with 4 payoffs in their last 5 away games and 7 covers in their last 10 games against the Ravens. These two teams have gone under the total in 8 out of their last 12 meetings.