Oh boy, do we have a big one today. The 0-7 Jets go on the road to take on the defending Super Bowl champion KC Chiefs. The Le’Veon Bell revenge game could not have come sooner. I am hopeful that Andy Reid force feeds Le’Veon about 25 touches today and Bell does his first-down-drop-of-the-football move right in front of Adam Gase a dozen times. Will Bell be able to match his total rushing TDs in his Jets tenure today while facing his former team? It is a low bar at just three TDs. The only thing that we can find joy in what is yet another lost season for the Jets is the continued humiliation of the charlatan Adam Gase.
The Jets are an astonishing 20-point underdog today. And do I have any confidence the Jets will cover that number? Reader, I do not. We will get a look at some of the rookies for the Jets today. Mims is going to be Darnold’s top WR available today. Jabari Zuniga is active for the first time this season. Ashtyn Davis is making his first career start in place of McDougald. Perine should get all the touches he can handle. Becton will continue to anchor the OL. It seems bad to rely on these rookies playing big roles in a game against a finely tuned juggernaut like the Chiefs. I expect Reid and Bienemy to go after Ashtyn Davis at S all day. It’s somewhat difficult to envision the Jets forcing more than 1 punt from the Chiefs today.
The Jets looked like a semi-competent offense for much of the first half against the Bills last week. The game turned at half and the Jets gained a total of 4 net yards in the second half. That’s truly incredible. Gase & Co. are fundamentally incapable of making in-game adjustments. When the game plan does not work, they effectively quit. The Jets defense did a good job last week keeping the Bills out of the end zone, but don’t anticipate the same success in that regard against the Chiefs today. The Jets are not built for playing from behind. Their horizontal passing game to the likes of Berrios and Mims does not result in the kind of chunk plays that are required to keep pace with the Chiefs. There is a good chance we see Chad Henne in mop-up duty for the second week in a row. However, at 20 points, there is a distinct possibility that the Jets backdoor this with a garbage time TD. But we will not rely on that. Let’s take the Under 49 with the safe assumption that the Jets will struggle to hit double digits, and the Jets defense will get one or two red zone stops to keep the Chiefs from going over 35.
Pick: Under 49
Big Hank’s long-shot of the week: Will there be a D/ST TD? – Yes at +238