It’s officially time to panic in Kansas City, where the Chiefs have squandered nearly all of their division lead in the AFC West.
The Chiefs will try to put the brakes on a three-game losing skid as they visit the New York Jets on Sunday afternoon. No one expected much from the Jets this season, but they’ve been surprisingly competitive despite coming in at 4-7 – and with the way Kansas City has been playing, the Chiefs can’t afford to take this matchup lightly.
Kansas City Chiefs vs. New York Jets
Point spread: Jets +3.5 Date: Sunday, December 2, 1 p.m. ET Location: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.
Point Spread and Betting Analysis
If this total stands, it’s a tricky one for bettors who might like the Chiefs to win but not necessarily cover. Kansas City has covered once in the previous six games overall but has been a sensational play on the road, going 9-3 ATS in its last three games away from Arrowhead. That said, the Jets have been a bettor’s dream of late, covering in six of their previous seven games and going 5-0-1 ATS in their last six games against AFC opponents.
Bettors are close to split on both the spread and the total; Sports Interaction participants are 57 percent in favour of the Chiefs in this one, while 58 percent are taking the under-44 play. The Chiefs have exceeded the total just twice in their previous 11 games against teams with losing records, while the Jets have gone over in four of their past five games, and are 4-1 O/U in their previous five contests at MetLife Stadium.
Kansas City Chiefs
The Kansas City offence began the season looking like a completely different unit from years past – but those struggles that have plagued Alex Smith and Co. over the years have come back with a vengeance. The Chiefs have scored 36 total points during their three-game skid – six fewer than they had in their season-opening win over New England – with Smith throwing four interceptions over that span. He had zero interceptions through his first eight games.
New York Jets
The Jets come in having lost five of six, but none of those defeats came by more than eight points. Their ability to keep things competitive has made them a hard team to handicap – and with Josh McCown coming off a 300-yard, three-touchdown performance in last week’s loss to Carolina, bettors should expect New York to keep this one interesting. McCown has thrown multiple touchdown passes in five of his last seven games.
Chiefs vs. Jets Prediction
Chiefs 23, Jets 20