Oh hey there, Kansas City Chiefs. You’re, collectively, fairly surprising and also very impressive.
After starting the season 1-5, looking legitimately awful and suffering a handful of fairly serious injuries to their ground game, the Chiefs have won seven (!) in a row and face a depleted Baltimore Ravens squad on Sunday afternoon. That’s a very good thing if you’re a Kansas City fan.
Right now the Chiefs are not only battling for jockeying position in the Wild Card race, but are still even in the running for the AFC West title. Seriously.
Here’s everything you need to know about the Sunday afternoon matchup, including the outlook for the early-week odds, per OddsShark:
Line: Kansas City -7
Moneyline: Kansas City -302, Baltimiore +263
What To Watch For
Let’s talk about Dee Ford. The Kansas City linebacker has been up and down throughout the early stages of his career. He’s been waiting for his moment. For the opportunity to prove himself.
That moment has finally come and it’s come at the perfect time.
Ford racked up a career-high three sacks and deflected a pass on what, likely, would have been the game-tying touchdown as the Chiefs held on to defeat the San Diego Chargers 10-3 last week. The week before he took down Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr with a hit that was hard enough to force an interception.
It’s an in-season evolution that almost mirrors that of Kansas City.
The Chiefs started off the season slow, 1-5 slow, but found a way to turn it around. It took a bit of waiting. It took some time to come into its own, but it was worth the wait and now, maybe even a playoff berth.