New York Jets vs. Kansas City Chiefs
The New York Jets and the Kansas City Chiefs face off on Sunday at Met Life Stadium. The Jets are -9 point favorites over the Chiefs with an over/under point total set at 36.5.
The New York Jets are in second place in the AFC East but at 7-5 Rex Ryan’s team is in a log jam with three other teams for the final Wild Card spot in the AFC. The Jets have been great at home going 5-1 but struggling on the road going 2-4. Mark Sanchez has been inconsistent but he gets it done most of the time as he has completed 56.5 percent of his passes for 2,678 yards with 19 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Shonn Greene is averaging 4.0 yards per carry with five touchdowns but overall the New York running game has come up short. Dustin Keller has 43 catches and four touchdowns, Santonio Holmes has 41 catches and six touchdowns, and Plaxico Burress has 37 catches and seven touchdowns. Defensively New York has 24 sacks, 15 fumble recoveries, and 14 interceptions for a net zero turnover ratio while they are allowing 317.5 yards and 21.7 yards per game. Eric Smith has 73 tackles, David Harris has 67 tackles, and Darrelle Revis has four interceptions. The Jets don’t have an easy road in and will need every game to be securely in the playoffs.
The Kansas City Chiefs are having a rough season overcoming injuries as they seem to mount every week. From Eric Berry to Matt Cassel to Jamaal Charles to Kyle Orton the injuries just don’t seem to stop for the Chiefs. Tyler Palko is the QB by default and he has completed 62.7 percent of his passes with just one touchdown and six interceptions. Jackie Battle is averaging 4.1 yards per carry and Dexter McCluster is averaging 4.7 yards. Dwayne Bowe has 59 catches and four touchdowns, Steve Breaston has 48 catches, and McCluster has 36. Defensively Kansas City has 20 sacks, nine fumble recoveries, and 17 interceptions for a minus three turnover ratio while they allow 344.2 yards and 22.3 points. Derrick Johnson has 100 tackles, Jovan Belcher has 78 tackles, and Tamba Hali has eight sacks. That the Chiefs are able to still compete with the major injuries they have suffered is a pretty strong indication they are a team to look out for next season.
New York is 4-1 against teh spread against a team with a losing record, 5-1 against the spread after scoring more than 30 points their previous games, and 1-4 against the spread in week 14. Kansas City is 5-1 against the spread following a cover, 4-1 against the spread against a team wiith a winning record, and 7-3 against the spread in their last 10 games overall. Kansas City has covered the last four meetings between these two.
This is a lot of points to be laying for a team who wins at home but hasn’t been overly impressive this season. Jets probably win this one but don’t cover the spread.
Kansas City Chiefs +9 New York Jets