The Kansas City Chiefs lost their season opener at home to the Detroit Lions, but it's a long season, and if there's one thing we know, it's that this team will eventually bring things around. Maybe this is what BetOnline patrons are seeing right now, as the Chiefs have won their last two games and given up only 19 points in the process.
The New York Jets have probably been the NFL team that has been most deflated. They were hoping to be a Super Bowl contender behind Aaron Rodgers, who was signed for a lot of bucks. But his Achilles injury all but assures that he won't play this season.
Since the TV schedules assumed that Rodgers would be part of the picture, the Jets are getting some airtime. And that means a Sunday night game at MetLife Stadium. So they'll meet the Chiefs in this contest that begins at 8:20 PM ET.
After Rodgers went down with his injury early in the season's first game, the Jets pulled together some emotion and took advantage of some Josh Allen interceptions to beat the Bills. But there have been a couple of rather moribund offensive efforts with Zach Wilson at the controls, and now the talk around the Big Apple surrounds how long head coach Robert Saleh will wait before looking for another option behind center.
If you have been following the Jets' story, you know that it was Wilson's lack of development as the "franchise" quarterback the led the team to make the deal to acquire Rodgers. And no one can reasonably expect that he has learned a whole lot since the end of last year.
The picture looks kind of bleak for the Jets, who are the decisive home underdog as per the NFL Sunday Night Football betting odds from the guys at BetOnline:
Kansas City Chiefs -9 (-105)
New York Jets +9 (-115)
Over 41.5 points -110
Under 41.5 points -110
The Jets have been outgained by 95 yards a game. And Wilson (Zach, that is) has thrown four interceptions in 84 attempts. He has been pressured 32.7% of the time, which is second highest in the league, and he is relatively slow in getting rid of the ball (2.7 seconds of picket time).
Saleh has stressed that Wilson is his quarterback, but a lot of observers aren't satisfied with that answer or they simply don't believe him. The Jets signed veteran backup Trevor Siemian to the practice squad, and they also have Tim Boyle, who played under offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett in Green Bay.
Running back Breece Hall, who is averaging almost six yards per carry, deserves an opportunity to do more. Dalvin Cook needs to register himself as a contributor. If the Jeta are going to have any success, it's going to come from what they can do with the run game and what they can do on defense.
But the stop unit spends a lot of time on the field because the offense is so inept. Opponents have run 63 more plays than the Jets over the first three games. That's criminal.
Patrick Mahomes keeps humming along (803 yards, seven touchdown passes), having been sacked only once. There are a number of recently-added receivers, like Skyy Moore, Rashee Rice and Kadarius Toney, who wound up being a hero in the Super Bowl. Whatever happens, Mahomes adapts.
And the Chiefs' defense, which will have Chris Jones bearing down on Wilson all night, ranks second in the NFL in yards allowed per point. In other words, they make the opposition work hard to get on the scoreeboard. I'm not sure the Jets have that kind of effort in them.
So we're going with the road favorite.
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