Do the New York Jets have any hope without Aaron Rodgers? It doesn’t appear so, and the NFL schedule is about to only get tougher. Up next is a showdown with the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday Night Football.
The betting public remains bullish on the Chiefs, who have gone from 7.5- to 8.5-point favorites (-110) on the road. Kansas City is also -425 on the moneyline, while New York is +8.5 (-110) against the spread and +345 to pull off the upset. The projected point total is 41.5 (-110 Over, -110 Under), down from 44.5.
Will the Chiefs add to the Jets’ woes? Read on as we break down both teams in our Chiefs vs Jets betting odds preview.
Location: MetLife Stadium; East Rutherford, N.J.
The Kansas City Chiefs have won four of their last five games against the spread and are 2-1 this season. They’re 7-2 ATS in their last nine games against the Jets. Meanwhile, New York is 1-2 ATS this season and 1-6 over its last seven games. The total has gone Under in seven of the Jets’ last eight games. That’s important to remember when assessing the Chiefs vs Jets betting odds.
Jets’ Hopes Collapsing
The New York Jets’ season was turned upside down by Aaron Rodgers’ year-ending Achilles injury. The Jets are now 1-2 (1-2 ATS) and have seen their Super Bowl odds plummet from +1600 to +15000.
Is there any hope for New York? Likely not so long as Zach Wilson is under center. The Jets’ offense has been inept, ranking last in the NFL in both yards (225.0) and points (14.0) per game. Wilson, the No. 2 pick in the 2021 draft, has been sacked eight times while completing just 52.4% of his passes per NFL stats.
The Jets managed only 171 total yards in last week’s 15-10 loss to New England. It was the seventh time in eight games the Jets hit the Under.
With pressure mounting on Wilson, the Jets signed veteran backup Trevor Siemian to their practice squad this week. Siemian, 31, was released by the Cincinnati Bengals in the preseason and joins Wilson and Tim Boyle in the Jets’ quarterback room. He is 13-17 during his career, with 42 touchdowns and 28 interceptions. That includes a brief stint with the Jets in 2019.
That the Jets turned to Siemian shows the lack of attractive quarterback options at this point in the season. The Jets reportedly turned down interest from the likes of Matt Ryan and Carson Wentz.
Chiefs Back in Top Form
After their 41-10 shellacking of the Chicago Bears, the Kansas City Chiefs remain among the NFL favorites to repeat. The Chiefs (2-1 OU, 2-1 ATS) are +300 to win the AFC and +650 to win Super Bowl LVIII, matching the San Francisco 49ers for the best odds in the NFL.
Their success starts, of course, with Patrick Mahomes. Through three games, Mahomes has passed for 803 yards and seven touchdowns compared to two interceptions. He’s been sacked just once. As such, Mahomes is +550 on the NFL MVP odds board, trailing only Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.
While there was some concern early about the Chiefs’ lack of reliable receivers, Kansas City’s offense has been back in sync since tight end Travis Kelce returned from injury. Kelce — who sat out Week 1 with a hyperextended knee — has 11 catches for 95 yards and two touchdowns in two games. He’s Mahomes’ most trusted option in the passing game, and that doesn’t appear to be changing anytime soon.
It’s been a busy week for Kelce, 33, who has been at the center of gossip pages for his rumored relationship with music star Taylor Swift. Swift is expected to attend Sunday at MetLife Stadium, her second Chiefs game in as many weeks.
Handicapping the Game
Based on what we’ve seen, there’s little to no reason to trust Wilson. The Jets’ offense is a mess, and there doesn’t appear to be a quick fix. That’s the harsh reality of losing Rodgers for the season.
While the Jets’ defense is elite, there’s simply too much pressure on them at the moment to keep the team afloat. Kansas City is good enough to exploit the Jets’ deficiencies, and there’s little the Jets can do about it. Look for Kansas City to cover the Chiefs vs Jets betting odds.
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