Schwartz’s Trench Report: What I’m Betting in Ravens-Chiefs


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Dec 09, 2018, 06:43 AM EST
  • Former NFL lineman Geoff Schwartz offers his best Week 14 NFL bet based on the battles up front.
  • He's picking a side in the Kansas City Chiefs' home matchup against the Baltimore Ravens.

Y’all will have to forgive me for last week’s pick. I took the Indianapolis Colts over the Jacksonville Jaguars. And the Colts scored a grand total of zero points.

That was pathetic. I take that personally, and I’m here to make it up with an excellent pick for this weekend’s Ravens-Chiefs matchup. Let’s get to it.

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Baltimore Ravens at Kansas City Chiefs

  • Spread: Chiefs -6.5
  • Over/Under: 53
  • Time: 1 p.m. ET
  • TV: CBS

I spent the afternoon watching the Ravens offense over the past three weeks with Lamar Jackson at the helm. Their stats are impressive with more than 200 yards in three straight weeks on the ground running a hybrid pistol offense.

It’s fairly similar to something you’d see on college football Saturdays.

This offense has worked in part because no team in the NFL is running it, and because the Ravens have played poor rush defenses. The Bengals (28th), Falcons (29th and Raiders (31st) are among the bottom five rush defenses according to Football Outsiders’ DVOA metric.