Football betting handicappers will have a Kansas City team that is the best rushing unit in the NFL and also sporting a defense that is one of the most improved in football gambling.
CBS will televise the AFC wild card playoff game between the Baltimore Ravens and Kansas City Chiefs from Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City with a start time of 1 PM ET. Sports Gambling opened with Baltimore as a 3 point favorite and with a total of 41.
Kansas City was perhaps the most surprising team in all of NFL betting as they finished 10-6 straight up, 9-7 against the spread, and with 9 of their games going under the total to end up as the champion of the AFC West. The Chiefs were the top ranked rushing team in the NFL as Jamaal Charles led them with 1467 yards and a phenomenal 6.4 yards per carry average with 5 TD’s.
Matt Cassel made a big leap at quarterback with a 93.0 QB rating and a 27-7 TD/INT ratio. Dwayne Bowe emerged as a top shelf receiver with 1162 yards and a 16.1 yards per catch average with 15 TD’s. Charlie Weiss was a success as offensive coordinator but is leaving after just 1 year and there are concerns about his mindset entering this game.
The KC defense under Romeo Crennel also showed big improvement as it ranked 11th for points allowed. Kansas City won and covered 2 of its final 3 NFL gambling matchups.
Baltimore has a record of 12-4 straight up and 8-7-1 against the spread with 9 of their games going under the total. The Ravens enter wild card weekend betting with a 4 game winning streak. Joe Flacco had a solid season at quarterback with a 93.6 QB rating and a 25/10 TD/INT ratio after an inconsistent season in 2009. Ray Rice balanced the attack with 1223 yards and the defense ranked 3rd for points allowed.
Baltimore has paid out in 4 of their last 5 football betting matchups in the wild card round. The Ravens are 7-3 against the spread in road playoff action. Kansas City is 7-2 against the spread as a dog.