The Ravens, who have won 12 straight games and entered the postseason as Las Vegas’ top Super Bowl contenders, opened as 10-point favorites in their playoff opener. The Kansas City Chiefs, meanwhile, who also earned a first-round bye, are nine-point favorites over the visiting Houston Texans, according to BetOnline.
With the sixth-seeded Titans’ upset win Saturday night over the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, they forced fourth-seeded Houston into a rematch Sunday with the second-seeded Chiefs, not the Ravens. The Ravens lost in Kansas City in Week 3 and routed the Texans in Baltimore in Week 11 but have not faced Tennessee this season. The Titans finished third in the NFL in rushing in the regular season, are led by league passer rating leader Ryan Tannehill and have won six of their past eight games.
Recent history is on the Ravens’ side, though. A No. 6 seed hasn’t beaten a No. 1 seed in the playoffs since 2010 or come within four points since 2014, when the eventual champion Patriots held off the Ravens, 35-31. In head-to-head matchups, Tennessee didn’t score a point and took 11 sacks in the teams’ last encounter, a 21-0 home loss to the Ravens in Week 6 last season. The Ravens lead the all-time series 12-11, and no team has won two straight since the Titans claimed a 2003 playoff game and 2005 regular-season matchup.
The over-under for the game is 48 points.