The 2023 season is quickly coming to an end with only three total games left in the season. On Sunday, it will be the conference matchups with the AFC seeing the Kansas City Chiefs traveling to Baltimore to play the Ravens.
This will be the Chiefs second consecutive playoff road game as they went into Buffalo last weekend to come away with a win over the Bills. Meanwhile, the Ravens won convincingly over the Houston Texans and the extra rest certainly worked into their favor with the bye for the Wild Card Round.
For most of the season, the Ravens have been the best team in the AFC while the Chiefs have not been as impressive but have been able to lean on a strong defense to get them to this point. Meanwhile, Patrick Mahomes has been just good enough to complement the defense.
When looking ahead to this game and what might happen, I turned to AI to give me their prediction for this game. This is what the final score was they predicted and the rationale behind it.
AFC Championship Game Score Prediction: Baltimore Ravens 27, Kansas City Chiefs 17
It picked this score based on the idea that the Ravens could lean on their defense but also a strong run game. The Ravens defense has been one of the best in the league and ranks first in points allowed at 16.5 per game.
However, the run game could end up being the key as this will help keep Mahomes off the field, which is really the key to success in beating the Chiefs. This is how teams like the Broncos and Raiders have been able to beat Kansas City this year as they ran it 40 and 29 times respectively.
If the Ravens can be effective on the ground with Gus Edwards, Dalvin Cook and Lamar Jackson it makes perfect sense for this prediction to come true.