2019-20 Game of the Week

Finish Line NFL Game of the Week

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After two weeks in the NFL, a few storylines have dominated headlines. Players demanding trades (Ramsey, Fitzpatrick, Alonso), quarterbacks dropping like flies (Rothlisberger, Brees, Foles) and a pair of unconventional players staking an early claim to the MVP award, Lamar Jackson and Patrick Mahomes. Those two quarterbacks will take center stage this Sunday in our week three Finish Line Game of the Week.

Chiefs & Ravens

Baltimore Ravens vs. Kansas City Chiefs (Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET)

All-time Matchup: 5-4 Kansas City Chiefs

Last Five Results

  • Regular Season 12/09/18 (27-24 OT Chiefs)
  • Regular Season 12/20/15 (34-14 Chiefs)
  • Regular Season 10/07/12 (9-6 Ravens)
  • Regular Season 09/13/09 (38-24 Ravens)
  • Regular Season 12/10/06 (20-10 Ravens)

Ravens X-Factors

  • Lamar Jackson (quarterback)
  • Mark Ingram (running back)
  • Marquise ‘Hollywood’ Brown (wide receiver)

Chiefs X-Factors

  • Patrick Mahomes (quarterback)
  • Travis Kelce (tight end)
  • Sammy Watkins (wide receiver)

 

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Both of these teams come into this game with 2-0 records. The Chiefs have made easy work of the Jacksonville Jaguars and Oakland Raiders, while the Ravens have throttled the Miami Dolphins and Arizona Cardinals to start the year. The early dominance of these teams is a direct reflection of the exceptional of their guys under center. Mahomes has followed his MVP campaign with even gaudier numbers. Thus far, he’s thrown for 821 yards, 7 touchdowns with a 71.4 completion percentage. For his efforts, Jackson has been equally impressive. Throwing for 596 yards, 7 touchdowns on a 71.9 completion percentage. Lamar’s also added 126 yards on the ground. This head-to-head matchup should boil down to Mahomes’ arm versus Jackson’s legs. For Jackson this game represents a chance at retribution. His only regular season loss as a starting quarterback came last at the hands of Mahomes and the Chiefs. The game ended on a 35-yard field goal from Harrison Butker. That chance at redemption will certainly be on the mind of Jackson.

 

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Past those two quarterbacks, both sides have some real playmakers on the offensive side of the ball. We all know about the Chiefs receiving corps, Sammy Watkins and Travis Kelce are two of the best at their positions and Demarcus Robinson had a hell of a game (6 receptions, 172 yards, 2 touchdowns) against the Raiders last week. The Ravens have found success with new additions Mark Ingram and Marquise ‘Hollywood’ Brown. Second-year tight end Mark Andrews has proved to be an excellent safety net for Lamar as well. With all these weapons on the field, I think it’s safe to expect a shootout.