Football betting skepticism is high for the Kansas City Chiefs as they enter the payoffs as a surprise team but with plenty of turmoil as they enter the football gambling post season.
The Kansas City Chiefs will host the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday in the AFC wild card playoffs with a telecast on CBS set to start at 1 PM ET. Sports Gambling opened with Baltimore as a 3 point favorite and with a total of 41.
Baltimore enters the playoffs with a NFL betting record of 12-4 straight up and 8-7-1 against the spread as 9 of their games went under the total. The Ravens were tied for first place in the AFC North with the Pittsburgh Steelers but lost the tie breaker. Baltimore ended the season as one of the hottest teams on the board with 4 consecutive wins and with 3 payouts in those games.
The strength of the Ravens is their defense as it ranks 10th overall in the NFL but an even better 3rd for points allowed. The offense ranks in the middle of the league but does have strengths as running back Ray Rice rushed for over 1200 yards and quarterback Joe Flacco was solid as he threw for 3622 yards.
Kansas City has a NFL gambling record of 10-6 straight up and 9-7 against the spread with 9 of their games going under the total. The Chiefs were a last place team last year and their rise is a credit to general manager Scott Pioli and head coach Todd Haley who have been on the job for just 2 seasons.
Kansas City enters wild card weekend betting with turmoil however as offensive coordinator Charlie Weiss announced he is leaving the team after the playoffs for the same position in college football with the Florida Gators. Weiss did a remarkable job with the offense as it ranked 12th overall and 1st in rushing while quarterback Matt Cassel showed incredible improvement as he threw for over 3100 yards.
Baltimore has plenty of playoff experience and that would figure to give them a solid football betting advantage over Kansas City in this matchup although the Chiefs are expecting a rabid full house at Arrowhead.