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NFL : ATS Matchup
Sunday 10/7/2012Line$ LineOU LineScore




BALTIMORE (3 - 1) at KANSAS CITY (1 - 3)
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Week 5 Sunday, 10/7/2012 1:00 PM
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424KANSAS CITY46.546
BALTIMORE - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games3-1+22-22-130.214.2424.0(6.6)1.020.711.0390.2(5.5)2.0
Road Games0-1-11-00-023.017.0325.0(5.2)
Last 3 Games2-1+11-21-125.713.3422.0(6.3)1.323.311.3413.0(5.7)2.0
Grass Games0-1-11-00-023.017.0325.0(5.2)
BALTIMORE - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)
Opponents Defensive Avg.
Offense Road Games23.017.017.025:3921-111(5.3)22-4252.4%214(5.1)63-325(5.2)(14.1)
Defense (All Games)20.711.024.731:1230-94(3.1)24-4060.5%296(7.3)70-390(5.5)(18.8)
Opponents Offensive Avg.24.110.822.430:1128-120(4.2)23-3860.5%269(7.1)66-389(5.9)(16.2)
Defense Road Games24.07.026.034:2141-129(3.1)23-3271.9%357(11.2)73-486(6.7)(20.2)
BALTIMORE - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against1.
Stats For (Road Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 15-535.0%1-160.0%2-46(20.4)2-23(11.7)7-62
Opponents Avg. Stats For10.81.8 13-534.6%1-060.0%3-62(23)29-2(11.8)6-59
Stats Against (Road Games) 15-746.7%1-1100.0%3-49(16.3)3-10(3.3)7-58

KANSAS CITY - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games1-3-0.41-33-122.07.2419.5(5.9)3.734.019.5334.0(6)0.5
Home Games0-2-20-22-022.011.5373.0(5.7)4.538.523.5334.5(6)0.5
Last 3 Games1-2+0.61-22-121.34.0428.3(5.9)
Grass Games0-2-20-22-022.011.5373.0(5.7)4.538.523.5334.5(6)0.5
KANSAS CITY - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)
Opponents Defensive Avg.25.511.422.530:0729-138(4.8)23-3663.7%248(7)64-385(6)(15.1)
Offense Home Games22.011.523.529:0127-135(4.9)22-3760.0%237(6.3)65-373(5.7)(17)
Defense (All Games)34.019.517.229:2028-118(4.2)18-2765.1%216(7.9)55-334(6)(9.8)
Opponents Offensive Avg.28.114.920.730:2525-109(4.3)23-3763.0%257(7)62-367(5.9)(13.1)
Defense Home Games38.523.520.030:5828-94(3.3)20-2775.9%240(8.9)55-334(6)(8.7)
KANSAS CITY - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against1.
Stats For (Home Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 12-438.3%0-00.0%3-69(25.2)1-25(20)4-45
Opponents Avg. Stats For10.41.4 13-644.7%0-083.3%2-57(26)19-1(13.5)6-47
Stats Against (Home Games) 11-436.4%0-00.0%2-82(33)0-0(0)4-43
Average power rating of opponents played: BALTIMORE 22.5,  KANSAS CITY 22.2
BALTIMORE - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/16/2012@ PHILADELPHIA23-24L3W47P21-11122-42-214241-12923-32-3574
9/23/2012NEW ENGLAND31-30W-3L48O26-12128-39-382134-7728-41-3190
10/7/2012@ KANSAS CITY            
10/21/2012@ HOUSTON            
11/4/2012@ CLEVELAND            

KANSAS CITY - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/16/2012@ BUFFALO17-35L3L45O24-15023-42-272336-20110-19-1780
9/23/2012@ NEW ORLEANS27-24W8W51.5U45-27326-44-237319-8320-36-2051
9/30/2012SAN DIEGO20-37L2.5L43O22-11924-42-234634-10418-23-1891
10/14/2012@ TAMPA BAY            
11/1/2012@ SAN DIEGO            
BALTIMORE: The Ravens have slowly and successfully transitioned to a zone-blocking scheme over the past couple of seasons. They've steadily mixed in more and more zone stretch plays for Ray Rice and have had plenty of success doing it, especially now that their line heavily utilizes cut blocking. They still use a lot of two-back sets with Rice running behind Vonta Leach. Rice will take a very heavy load again; even with Ricky Williams on the roster last season, Rice played more than 75 percent of their offensive snaps, so expect rookie Bernard Pierce to be used sparingly. Baltimore keeps it very conservative in the red zone, running it more than half the time inside the 20, and nearly 60 percent of the time in goal-to-go situations last year. Rice takes pretty much all the red zone reps. Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron had always wanted to stretch the field but never had the receiver to do it until Torrey Smith emerged last season. Cameron has said he'll use more two tight end sets, as they did toward the end of last season. Dennis Pitta outperformed Ed Dickson in the second half of the year and is the one receiver Joe Flacco consistently looked for over the middle. Rice will also continue to have a huge role in the passing game, not only as a safety valve, but also on screens and in the slot to create mismatches. Anquan Boldin was a popular target in the end zone last year. The off-season Achilles' injury to reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year Terrell Suggs could be enough to keep this from being an elite defense. Baltimore does have experience in veterans Ed Reed and Ray Lewis'neither of whom shows any significant signs of slowing down'and Haloti Ngata is one of the best interior linemen in the league. Cornerback Lardarius Webb capped his first year as a starter with three interceptions in the playoffs, and Bernard Pollard had 89 total tackles (62 solo) in 15 games (including playoffs) as a full-time player.
KANSAS CITY: Even though new offensive coordinator Brian Daboll and offensive line coach Jack Bicknell Jr. are more versed in power blocking, they apparently lured RT Eric Winston from Houston by promising more of a zone scheme. It fits with their personnel and shouldn't be a major transition. Jamaal Charles is the starter as soon as he proves he's healthy, and the Chiefs will run a lot of single-back, two-tight end stuff. Peyton Hillis should take at least a third of the reps at tailback and could be closer to a 50/50 split if Charles is slow to recover from his torn ACL. Hillis will see some time at fullback. There will, however, be certain game plans where Dexter McCluster plays more snaps than Hillis. One of Hillis' big roles will be in the red zone, where he figures to get carries near the goal line. Under Daboll, things should be opened up a little more for Matt Cassel this year. K.C. will likely spread things out, whether it be with three receivers or two tight ends, and go with more quick throws. Dwayne Bowe remains the No. 1 target while Steve Breaston is more of a catch-and-run guy who could thrive in this offense. He'll slide to the slot with Jonathan Baldwin playing outside when they go three-wide. Tony Moeaki will likely see his role scaled back slightly with the use of more three-wide sets. Kevin Boss will be used sparingly as a pass catcher, and the backs will be used frequently as check-down options. The Chiefs' 2011 defense was unspectacular, experiencing a drop in production across the board except for six more interceptions than in 2010. Kansas City does have some upside with a talented and blossoming defensive line and pass-rushing LB Tamba Hali (12 sacks in 2011). LB Derrick Johnson is a solid run-stopper on the inside who didn't get much of a shot before the arrival of Romeo Crennel, but he's been excellent in two years since. He was one of four NFL linebackers to reach triple digits in solo tackles in 2011. The most promising development in regards to this defense for 2012 is the fact that young star strong safety Eric Berry's knee should be 100 percent after he missed essentially all of 2011 once he tore his ACL in the season opener. He's excellent in pass coverage and able to contribute in run support.
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*Ravens-Chiefs Preview* =======================


After struggling in their lone road game, there is some concern with how the Baltimore Ravens' no-huddle offense will perform Sunday at Kansas City's Arrowhead Stadium, historically one of the league's loudest venues.

Although the noise can be deafening, the fans there haven't had much to cheer about.

Coming back from a well-deserved break, the rejuvenated Ravens try to again make things difficult for Matt Cassel, whose turnovers have been one of the biggest reasons for the Chiefs' slow start.

Baltimore (3-1) has been off since beating Cleveland 23-16 last Thursday, its fourth game in 18 days. The veteran defense, led by 37-year-old Ray Lewis, admitted being a bit winded at the end of the game as the Browns' last-ditch pass attempt from the Ravens' 18-yard line fell incomplete.

"I know a lot of guys out there were fighting fatigue," safety Ed Reed said.

Coach John Harbaugh gave his team last weekend off to rest and get healthy before beginning a stretch of three of four games on the road.

The only time the Ravens have played away from Baltimore - in Philadelphia on Sept. 16 - their offense stalled, totaling a season-low 325 yards while turning the ball over twice in a 24-23 loss. In their three games at M&T Bank Stadium, the Ravens have averaged 32.7 points and 457.0 yards with two total turnovers.

Crowd noise forced Joe Flacco and the offense to huddle up at times in Philadelphia, and Harbaugh expects similar challenges at Arrowhead.

"The times we've played there, it's been really loud," Harbaugh said. "It's one of the great venues in the NFL. It's a beautiful setting, it's traditional and it's really, really red. Our guys will have to be ready for that."

Despite Kansas City's home-field advantage, the Ravens had little trouble in their last game there, winning 30-7 in a 2010 wild-card game. Flacco passed for 265 yards and two touchdowns, Ray Rice finished with 99 yards from scrimmage and a score while Baltimore picked Cassel off three times.

While Arrowhead still gets loud, much of the noise there this year has been boos directed at Cassel.

The embattled quarterback has thrown seven interceptions and has fumbled three times, accounting for two-thirds of the team's league-high 15 turnovers. The Chiefs (1-3) have been outscored 77-44 in losing their two home games, and have lost six of their last seven at Arrowhead.

"It starts with me," said Cassel, who was intercepted three times in last Sunday's 37-20 loss to San Diego. "I've got to do a better job of protecting the football and putting our team in a better situation to be successful."

Coach Romeo Crennel felt the need to defend Cassel, opening his postgame press conference by stating he would remain the starting quarterback without even being asked.

"We just have to get him to be more consistent," he said.

Cassel wasn't the only one at fault Sunday, as Jamaal Charles fumbled twice - part of a six-turnover performance by the Chiefs.

Cleaning up their miscues against a Ravens team that has forced eight turnovers seems like a tall order. As does finding room for Charles, who has run for 325 yards in the last two games but now faces a Baltimore defense that's allowed 2.4 yards per carry in its last two.

The Ravens' offense has been far more efficient.

Flacco has completed 28 passes in each of the past two games, totaling 738 yards. Torrey Smith was on the receiving end of 12 of those completions, accumulating 224 yards, while Anquan Boldin had 13 receptions for 179 yards.

None of this bodes well for Kansas City, which has allowed 10 passing TDs - tied for second-most in the league.

The Chiefs also have the difficult task of containing Rice, who is averaging 5.0 yards per carry. He had 108 yards on 19 attempts in his only regular-season game against the Chiefs, a 38-24 win in 2009.

Flacco passed for 307 yards with three TDs.

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