The New York Jets have gotten out to a respectable 1-1 start to the season. They opened up the season with what many will say is a “good” loss. The Jets threatened the Cincinnati Bengals, but came up a bit short by a point, 22-21. Todd Bowles made sure his team didn’t hang their heads low and dwell too much on the loss, as they came back a few days later on Thursday night to beat the Bills on the road. Things aren’t going so swimmingly for ex-Jet head coach Rex Ryan out there in Buffalo. The Jets made sure to give him some more headaches, as they made a joke out of the Bills’ defense in a 37-31 victory. The stress has to be piling up on Rex’s plate. The prospect of him being fired is looking pretty good. I would be surprised if he finds another head coaching gig if he doesn’t get the Bills going in the right direction.
The Jets appear to be looking up, but it doesn’t really matter as it pertains to 2016. The New England Patriots will run away with the division once again. As long as Bill Belichick is the head coach in New England, which could be for several more years, the AFC East should be theirs. It feels like that the Jets, Bills, and Dolphins have taken their turns at being the team to unseat the Patriots. Every offseason, everybody likes to talk about this being the Bills, Jets, or Dolphins getting it done. With the Pats off to a 3-0 start without Tom Brady, it’s not going to be this year, or the foreseeable future. Sorry to fans of the abovementioned teams.
The Kansas City Chiefs fended off the San Diego Chargers in a wild one in Week 1, edging them for a 33-27 win in overtime. The Texans nullified everything the Chiefs threw at them last week, as Brock Osweiler and the Texans capitalized on sloppy play to win a 19-12 matchup. Alex Smith was limited in a big way, throwing for 20/37 with only 186 yards passing. The Kansas City defense held the Texans down, but the offense was anemic at best. The Texans maybe should have implemented a similar game plan against the Patriots a few days ago. The Jets will look to stymie the Chiefs like the Texans did last week. KC has to make some adjustments after the dud they laid in Week 2.
N.Y. Jets vs. Kansas City Chiefs NFL Betting Odds:
vs. Chiefs -2.5(-110)
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Andy Reid needs to get the offense in gear. The return of Jamaal Charles could help, but he is listed as doubtful for Week 3. The Chiefs have a wealth of depth at running back, with Chacanderick West and Spencer Ware carrying the load on the ground. When Charles returns, they will have an impressive trio of backs to rely on. Alex Smith is back under center for the Chiefs this season, and guided them back to beat the Chargers in that come from behind victory. It was the biggest comeback in Chiefs’ history. Smith failed to generate any offense against the stingy Houston defense, though.
The Jets might be down a crucial weapon on this game, with the status of wide receiver Brandon Marshall up in the air. He is contending with a foot and knee injury from the game against the Bills last week. With a lack of explosive playmakers, other than Matt Forte, the Jets cannot afford to lose the pieces they have on offense. Receiver Eric Decker, who is another important cog on offense, is battling a shoulder injury but is listed as probable. Forte has rushed for 196 yards, 68 receiving yards, and 3 touchdowns. The 30-year-old Forte is going to be seeing a lot of touches this afternoon.
The game plan for the Jets isn’t going to be a secret in this matchup. The key for the Chiefs is keeping a close eye on Forte, as he has the ability to lineup anywhere on the field. The Chiefs biggest friend in this game is Arrowhead. They went 6-2 last year at home, with their losses coming against the Broncos and a bad 1-point loss to the Bears. KC also went 6-2 the year prior to that. The Jets are a team who are improving, but getting less than 3 points at Arrowhead with the Chiefs, against an average opponent is too hard to pass up. I like the Chiefs to take this one, something in the ballpark of 24-20.
PICK: CHIEFS -2.5 (-110)