3 Most Likely Teams to Beat the Ravens in the NFL Playoffs
The Baltimore Ravens' offense has transcended the NFL this season, largely thanks to the insane production and progression of second-year QB Lamar Jackson.
They were third in the NFL with 300.6 yards of total offense and first with 206.0 rushing yards per game. For reference, the San Francisco 49ers finished with the second highest per-game rushing average, at 144.1 yards.
If Jackson's magic continues into the playoffs, it's going to be a tall task for any team to stop the Super Bowl favorite Ravens. Here are three teams that could have the best chance of doing just that.
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1. Kansas City Chiefs (+290)
In the midst of Lamar-mania, Patrick Mahomes quietly finished the regular season with 26 touchdowns and 4,031 yards in 14 games. Additionally, the Kansas City Chiefs' backfield averaged 120 yards per game over the final three games of the season, and the defense allowed the fourth-fewest yards per game to opposing offenses over the same span. In other words, the Chiefs appear to be a team peaking at the right time. If they're going to upset the Ravens, it would have to happen in an AFC Championship matchup in Baltimore. Since Mahomes took over as the full-time starter last season the Chiefs are 11-4 on the road, though, so playing away from home may not be an issue. Both the Chiefs and Ravens are heavy favorites in the Divisional Round, and there's not a bigger threat to the Ravens' title chances than Andy Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs.
2. Tennessee Titans (+310)
The New England Patriots hadn't lost a playoff game at home since 2012. Then Derrick Henry and the No. 6 seed Tennessee Titans came to Foxboro. Now, Mike Vrabel and his Cinderella Titans are headed to Baltimore. These two teams play with similar run-heavy styles, and that means the clock should be running quickly and the game could be a low-scoring one. That would mean just one or two big plays could be the difference between victory and defeat, giving the Titans a real shot at continuing this miraculous run.
3. San Francisco 49ers (+650)
This scenario would mean both No. 1 seeds took down their conferences, and would mean the San Francisco 49ers got revenge for the Harbaugh Bowl in 2013. Both teams ranked toward the top of the league in just about every statistical category in the regular season, and both and play under the direction of head coaches with postseason pedigree. It would be as close to a toss up as you could get. Considering FanDuel Sportsbook has this as the most likely Super Bowl matchup (at +250), getting +650 on the 49ers knocking off the Ravens is an interesting bet.
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