The Kansas City Chiefs were underdogs in each of their first four games of the 2012 season and Sunday they will make it five-for-five when the 3-1 Baltimore Ravens visit Arrowhead Stadium.
Unlike two weeks ago, when the Chiefs were the biggest underdogs in the NFL, there are five teams facing longer odds this weekend, with three of them playing at home.
While the Chiefs are coming off their third blowout loss of the season — a 37-20 beating at the hands of the San Diego Chargers — the Ravens are playing with a fresh roster after their schedule had them play three games in 12 days, ending with a close 23-16 victory over the winless Cleveland Browns.
Considering how big the gap is between these two teams, it’s a bit surprising the Ravens are only favored by six points over the Chiefs. It would be understandable if a raucous crowd was expected at Arrowhead, but that’s hard to imagine after last Sunday’s disaster.
There is always the unknown of Brady Quinn potentially replacing Matt Cassel at quarterback during the game. Though with his less-than-stellar career numbers, any chance of him playing should move the line closer to double digits, not the other way around.
The good news if you want to take the Chiefs this week is it will be nearly impossible for the Kansas City offense to turn the ball over six times again. But even if they don’t repeat that unbelievably terrible feat, is there a number under 14 that would make you feel comfortable taking the Chiefs? There isn’t for me.