While sports predictions rarely end up perfectly accurate, they're still one of the most fun parts about following a team. The anticipation and excitement for any game only builds when trying to project what will happen.
Well, Ravens-Chiefs on Monday Night Football is certainly more than just any old game, so of course national media experts across the country put in their guesses for what will happen in Baltimore Monday night.
Here's a roundup of some of their predictions for this Week 3 clash.
Both Chris Simms and Mike Florio like the Ravens to win this game, with Simms predicting one of the larger margins of victory from any expert, and Florio expecting a slightly lower-scoring game than most.
Scores: Ravens win 34-27 (Simms) and Ravens win 27-24 (Florio)
Two writers made their choices, and both went with Baltimore in close games. ESPN's FPI model also predicts a Ravens win 59.6% of the time by an average of 3.4 points.
Scores: Ravens win 34-31, and Ravens win 31-30
Three of their six experts are going with the Ravens on Monday night, which seems fair considering how evenly these two teams appear to be matched.
Sporting News is picking the Ravens, noting that neither team should feel bad about a potential loss in this one.
Score: Ravens win 33-27
Sheil Kapadia only picks against the spread, so it's not clear who he would take to win straight. But with the Chiefs getting the points, he's picking Kansas City, noting how last year's matchup was the beginning of the new and improved analytical approach from John Harbaugh and the Ravens.
Another split ballot, with four of eight experts picking the Ravens, including both fantasy football writers included. These picks are against the spread, rather than straight up.
Gregg Rosenthal is taking the Ravens, admitting that it's really tough to go against Patrick Mahomes as a rare underdog. The Ravens are both faster on offense and tougher on defense than last year, giving them the edge in his eyes.
Score: Ravens win 35-30
Six of seven experts predict a Ravens victory, with the score predictions for the Ravens ranging from 28 to 35 and for the Chiefs from 27 to 33. Clearly, they all agree it will be a close, high-scoring affair.