|Written by Michael|
Bet on the NFL Wildcard Weekend day two, Sunday January 9th, features a battle for the AFC, with the AFC North second place team the Baltimore Ravens, 12-4, on the road to Kansas City to take on the first place team in the AFC West the Kansas City Chiefs, 10-6. In recent Baltimore news, the Ravens expect injured free safety Ed Reed and offensive tackle Michael Oher to play in the game this weekend. Reed had hurt his ribs and Oher had sprained an ankle during the Ravens’ 13-7 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals last Sunday. Reed had to leave the game after two interceptions, in the fourth quarter. As for Oher, he made it to the third quarter but decided it would be best to rest his ankle for this Sunday’s Wildcard game. Lucky for the Ravens, they are playing one of the weakest teams in the AFC playoffs, narrowly missing a matchup against the Colts.
The Kansas City Chiefs went 2-4 in the division this regular season. Sportsbook lists the Ravens as the minus three point road favorites this Sunday with the total over under listed at 41.
In recent Chiefs news, they have two big advantages in this Sundays’ game. They are 7-1 in Arrowhead Stadium, and they have Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones, two of the leagues best backs. Head Coach Todd Haley has just announced that their offensive coordinator, Charlie Weis will no longer work with the Chiefs but has accepted the job to become the University of Florida’s offensive coordinator. Perhaps his decision was made a little easier as his son is graduating from high school this year to attend the university, as well as work in the football office with his dad.
The Baltimore-Kansas City playoff matchup may not have the national appeal of the NFL's other wild-card round games, but at least on paper, this may be the best of the bunch. The Ravens and Chiefs carry similar style, especially on the offensive side of the ball, and figure to provide a physical, entertaining display. Baltimore enters the postseason with the best record of any non-division-winning team -- the Ravens tied Pittsburgh in the AFC North but lost out on a tiebreaker, thus relegating them to the road. Kansas City was one of the season's biggest surprises, slaying the Chargers in the AFC West. Football fans can watch the game this Sunday at 1PM on CBS.