This one might not be pretty. Although if we’re being fair, much of the Baltimore Ravens season has been rather not pretty.
The injury-riddled Ravens host the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday afternoon, one of the hottest squads in the entire NFL. In fact, coming into Week 15 the Chiefs are riding a seven-game win streak and appear to be all but a lock for the top Wild Card spot in the AFC.
Still, Kansas City can’t afford to let up. Even against a Ravens team that has been unable to do much winning this season. After all, as the Chiefs are well aware, it’s just as easy to get into a losing streak as it is to spark a string of success.
Here’s everything you need to know about the AFC matchup:
Date: Sunday, December 20, 2015
Location: M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, MD
TV Channel: Locally broadcast on CBS with Kevin Harlan and Rich Gannon on the call. Click here to check and see if you’re within the game’s coverage zone.
Line: Kansas City -7.5 via OddsShark.com
Game Preview: The Kansas City Chiefs have one of the most advantageous end-of-the-season schedules in the entire NFL. After Sunday’s road matchup against the Baltimore Ravens, the Chiefs will face off against the Cleveland Browns and Oakland Raiders.
It would be easy for Kansas City to be looking to the playoffs already. After all, they’re riding a seven-game win streak and a string of success that is already record-breaking.
That can’t happen.
The Chiefs hold their own postseason fate in their hands, leading both the New York Jets and Pittsburgh Steelers in Wild Card contention. They’re also still in the run for the AFC West title, sitting two games behind the Denver Broncos.
“If you’re going to be a good football team, you have to win games like this,” coach Andy Reid said. “We found ways to lose games just like this (during a 1-5 start).”
That’s why the Chiefs can’t stop. Alex Smith needs to keep throwing touchdown passes. The defense needs to keep hitting. Hard.
There’s plenty of regular season left to play and Kansas City simply can’t afford to get too far ahead of itself.