The Kansas City Chiefs may be the AFC West Champions and hosting a Wild Card playoff game on Sunday, but in the eyes of oddsmakers they are going to be playing catch up with the 12-4 Baltimore Ravens.
The Chiefs are currently 3 point underdogs to the Ravens.
Last week the Chiefs were 3.5 point favorites against the Oakland Raiders but found themselves in the middle of “Weis gate”, when news of offensive coordinator Charlie Weis leaving for the same job at the University of Florida broke two days before their regular season finale. They responded by laying an egg for their first loss of the season at home, a 31-10 loss to the Oakland Raiders.
Meanwhile, the Ravens wrapped up their regular season with a hard fought 13-7 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. It was Baltimore’s fourth straight victory, their longest winning streak since November of 2008.
Even with their loss last week, the Chiefs still own a 7-1 record at Arrowhead Stadium this season while the Ravens have suffered three of their four losses on the road.
Considering where both teams are right now, I’m surprised that the line is as low as it is. After the Chiefs fell on their face against the Raiders while playing all of their starters and legitimately trying to grab the #3 seed in the playoffs, this game looked primed to be at least 5.5 points.
No matter what the spread, the positive of being the underdogs in Vegas and celebrated across the league as the team of choice for the Ravens is that Todd Haley can play the “Us Against The World” card until he’s blue in the face. The head coach trying to sell last week’s game as the most important game of the season came across hollow, but this angle will ring loud and clear for this Chiefs team.
Will it be loud enough to drown out the distraction of Weis’ departure?
I’m not sure that’s a safe place to put your money right now.
Though I would be more concerned about a let down if the Chiefs were taking on a Jets team they were expected to beat as one or two point favorites.