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How good is this Ravens team?
Through two weeks, the Baltimore Ravens have been the surprise of the NFL, as quarterback Lamar Jackson has led the team to two blowout victories. In Week 3, however, they will face a stiffer test, as they head into Arrowhead Stadium to face the Kansas City Chiefs.
Jackson has looked dominant early in the season, making rookie receiver Marquise “Hollywood” Brown and tight end Mark Andrews into newly minted stars. Jackson ran for a ridiculous 120 yards in Week 2, but has also dispelled criticisms of his passing game with solid numbers in the air.
On defense, the Ravens haven’t been quite as dominant. Though they look solid up front, injuries in the secondary to Tavon Young and Jimmy Smith could prove costly.
Ravens fans are cautious. While the team has turned in two dominant victories, they have faced the worst team in the league in the Dolphins and one of the weakest rosters in the Cardinals. The Chiefs might be the best squad in the NFL, so this week will be the team’s first true test.
Patrick Mahomes continues to look phenomenal leading a Chiefs team that could prove unstoppable. He has shredded respectable defenses in Oakland and Jacksonville. Last week’s stats were Herculean: 443 yards passing, four touchdowns, and zero interceptions.
Mahomes has also shown a Tom Brady-like ability to make a star out of whoever is available to catch his passes. Last week, it was receiver Demarcus Robinson with 172 yards and two trips to the end zone. In Week 1, it was Sammy Watkins with 198 yards and 3 TDs.
While the Chiefs defense remains a mixed bag, the unit has improved. In Week 2, the pass defense made up for soft run-stopping, and if KC continues to average 34 points a game, decent will be good enough.
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Kansas City Chiefs vs. Baltimore Ravens
- When: Sunday, Sept. 22 at 1pm ET
- Where: Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri
- Streaming: CBS, NFL Sunday Ticket
There are a number of options for watching Chiefs vs. Ravens on streaming platforms that carry CBS. However, consult a coverage map to see what game your regional channel will be playing.
If a game is not being carried in your area, the only option might be an NFL Sunday Ticket package.
Chiefs vs. Ravens live stream: How to watch NFL online
1) Sling TV
- Cost: $25-$40 per month (40% off first month)
- Sling TV devices: Amazon Fire TVs, Android Fire Stick, Apple TV, Android TV, Roku, Xbox One, Google Chromecast, Oculus Go, and iOS and Android devices
- Sling TV local channels: NBC, Fox (check your local availability here)
Both Sling Blue ($25 per month) or Sling Orange + Blue ($40 per month) include NFL Network and a number of sports channels—like three ESPN channels, NBCSN, and FS1—and it’s still a nice perk that Sling subscribers can order a la carte packages. Sling TV also offers a special Latino package for bilingual viewers. Sling TV is currently offering a deal where you can subscribe for 40% off the regular price for the first month of your subscription. That means Sling Blue would cost $15, and Sling Orange + Blue would cost $25. (Here’s a complete guide to Sling TV channels and our Sling TV review.)
For $10 extra per month, you can get NFL RedZone via the Sling Blue Sports Extra package.
How to use AirTV with Sling
AirTV solves one of the Sling’s biggest problems: The inability to receive all of your local channels. By purchasing a basic AirTV for $79.99 or the AirTV Player for $119.99, you can merge those local channels into your Sling TV, (or on your mobile device if you have the basic AirTV). As the Daily Dot wrote in its AirTV review, “it’s practically magic.”
The basic AirTV is a dual-tuner streaming device, while the AirTV Player is basically an upgraded Chromecast that has Netflix preinstalled. You’ll still need to own an HD antenna because even though AirTV gets you access to your local channels, it doesn’t actually physically show them to you.
But AirTV—which has no monthly fee—serves to strengthen one of Sling’s biggest weaknesses compared to other live streaming services like Hulu with Live TV, YouTube TV, and PlayStation Vue. All those services have plenty of local channels.
- Cost: $54.99 per month
- FuboTV devices: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Android TV, iOS and Android devices
- FuboTV local channels: Fox, NBC, CBS (check local availability here)
If you’re a big-time sports fan, FuboTV is your best streaming service option. If you love international soccer and you’re a Spanish speaker, FuboTV also offers various add-on packages, including Fubo Latino and Fubo Português. FuboTV’s basic plan showcases nearly 100 channels and includes NFL Network. At $54.99 per month, you’ll also get FS1, FS2, NBCSN, NBA TV, Big Ten Network, Pac 12 Network, BeIn Sports, and CBS Sports Network, along with premium channels like FX/FXX/FXM. The only notable omission for sports fans is ESPN. You can add Fubo’s Sports Plus package for an additional $8.99 per month, which allows you to stream NFL RedZone, (Here’s the complete FuboTV channels list.)
- Cost: $44.99-$79.99 per month
- PlayStation Vue devices: PlayStation 3 and 4, Roku, Amazon Fire, Google Chromecast, Kodi, iOS and Android devices
- PlayStation Vue local channels: NBC, Fox, ABC, CBS (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
If you’d like to watch live NFL games directly from your PS4, PlayStation Vue is your best bet. PlayStation also works with streaming devices like Roku and Amazon Fire products, but what separates PlayStation from the rest of the streaming services is that it’s also compatible with Kodi. No matter how you stream, you’ll get to choose from four tiers of channels—all but the cheapest include NFL Network. From there, you can also add NFL RedZone as part of the $10-per-month Sports Pack, which also unlocks ESPN Bases Loaded, ESPN Classic, Longhorn Network, Outside TV, and NBCUniversal regional sports networks. You can see the full list of PlayStation Vue channels here. Two other great perks: You can stream on up to five devices at once, and there’s also unlimited cloud DVR.
- Cost: $44.99 per month
- Hulu devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch, and iOS and Android devices
- Hulu local channels: ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, the CW (check your local availability here)
Hulu with Live TV includes sports programming among its offerings, including ESPN and FS1, and as a subscriber to the service, you’ll get free access to Hulu’s sizable on-demand library. (Check out the full list of Hulu Live TV channels.)
5) YouTube TV
- Cost: $50 per month
- YouTube TV devices: Google Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Xbox One, iOS and Android devices
- YouTube TV local channels: NBC, CBS, Fox, ABC, the CW (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
Cost: $73.99 per month for four months, or one single payment of $293.96
There are two—and only two—ways of acquiring NFL Sunday Ticket without DirecTV. There’s NFLSundayTicket.TV, which costs $73.99 per month for four months. It’s everything you love NFL Sunday Ticket but online-only. You can stream from pretty much any device that connects to the internet (but only on one device at a time).
You can also upgrade to the NFLST.TV Max bundle for a total of $99 per month for four months or one single payment of $395.99. You can also add on NFL Game Pass, which allows you to watch replays of every game after they air, for $50 for the full season.
There’s another way to watch NFL Sunday Ticket without DirecTV: Amazon Prime. While you can’t pay for the package using Amazon Prime, you can at least watch all of the games on the service. To start, first download the NFL Sunday Ticket channel on Amazon Prime. It’s free. From there, you’ll just need to sign in with your subscription credentials.
College students can purchase NFL Sunday Ticket at a discounted price through NFLSundayTicket.TV U.
Chiefs vs. Ravens: Why it matters
This game will help figure out if the Chiefs and the Ravens have any meaningful competition in the AFC. Last year’s AFC Championship teams look like they are the leaders in the conference once again.
Baltimore has had a promising to the season, and seem poised to join Kansas City and New England at the top of the AFC heap. But, to be the best, you have to beat the best. Heading into Arrowhead and securing a victory is a lot different than beating the historically bad Dolphins and the young Cardinals.
We could see one of the best games of the week if the Ravens defense can keep something of a lid on Mahomes’ passing attack. With a nearly 60 point performance in Week 1, and well over 400 yards of total offense in Week 2, the Ravens have shown that they can put points on the board too. And Lamar Jackson’s rushing ability gives their game another dimension.
It’s not crazy to imagine an effective Ravens defense notching a few sacks and applying enough pressure to keep this game competitive. And a chance might be all the Ravens offense needs to steal a win.
If Jackson can tear Mahomes down from this pedestal, the sky is the limit for this Ravens team. If the Chiefs blow out the Ravens, however, it will be hard to imagine who might stand a chance against Kansas City.
- How to watch NFL RedZone without cable
- How to watch NFL Sunday Ticket without a DirecTV satellite
- How to watch NFL Network online (without cable)
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Brenden Gallagher is a politics reporter and cultural commentator. His work has been published by Motherboard, Complex, and VH1. He’s the co-founder of Beer Money Films, an indie production company. Based in Los Angeles, he works in television drama as a writers assistant.