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Ravens vs. Chiefs Betting Odds - NFL Wildcard Playoffs Lines

Written by Charlie Jimenez   
Saturday, 08 January 2011 10:06

NFL Wildcard Playoffs Lines Nad PredictionsBaltimore (12-4) at Kansas City (10-6)

• Series Playoffs: First confrontation. In regular NFL betting season, Chiefs win the series 3-2.

• Playoff Record: Baltimore (8-5) at Kansas City (8-13)

• Wild Card Round Record: Baltimore (4-1), Kansas City (2-5)

Despite playing at home, Kansas City is the victim in this game. Last season, in September 2009, fell 24-38 to the Chiefs at Arrowhead Ravens, Joe Flacco passed for 307 yards and three touchdowns.

Flacco became the third pin holder, since 1970, reaching the playoffs in his first three seasons (Dan Marino and Bernie Kosar).

Flacco set a record with the Ravens with a rating of 93.6 and passed for 3.622 yards and 25 entries, the highest in uan carrera.Anq Boldin (64 receptions for 837 yards and 7 TDs), Derrick Mason (61-807, 7 TD ) and running back Ray Rice (63 for 556 yards) are the main weapons of Flacco. Rice should be the goal of the defense of Kansas City, totaled 1.776 combined yards (1,220 on land and 556 for reception).

The Chiefs want to throw many passes Flacco on Sunday. Linebacker Tamba Hali had its best season as a professional, recording 14.5 sacks (first in the AFC and second in the league, behind only DeMarcus Ware), Hali and defensive end Wallace Gilberry combined for 21.5 sacks and Flacco will be close in third downs with passes required.

But if defense is that of the Ravens is painted alone. For the third year in a row, Baltimore finished as the third in the NFL in fewest points allowed. Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, Terrell Suggs and Haloti Ngata are the leaders and have more than earned its invitation to the Pro Bowl. The Reed is awesome. Despite missing the first six games of the regular football betting season with a hip injury, Reed finished as leading the league with 8 interceptions.

The mission of Reed, Lewis & Co. is to thwart the best rushing attack in the NFL. Kansas City averages 164.2 yards per game in their eight home games, the Chiefs rushed for 1.463 yards and 25 yards left of the franchise record (1,488 in 1981). In the Arrowhead, Kansas City averaged 182.9 rushing yards per game. Jamaal Charles was second in the NFL in terms of rushing yards, with 1.467, just behind Arian Foster (1.616). The veteran Thomas Jones added 896 yards and 6 touchdowns. For Baltimore the equation is simple: stop the run and you win half of the game.

Matt Cassel's numbers are very similar to Flacco, completed 262 of 450 for 3.116 yards with 27 touchdowns and only 7 interceptions for a passer rating of 93.0, the highest in his career. Dwayne Bowe is the man with Baltimore's defense should be more careful: it is the leader of the Chiefs with 72 receptions for 1.162 yards and 15 touchdowns, 19 of his receptions were 20 yards or more. To +9, Kansas City has the fifth best differential in the league, along with Jets, Philadelphia and Tampa Bay.

The Ravens imposed a franchise record with just 20 balls delivered (10 interceptions and 10 fumbles lost), key statistics for a playoff game.

BSN Sports Free Pick: Kansas City 31-20 Baltimore.

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