Line: Chiefs -9.5

Two teams that appear headed in opposite direction will play one another on Sunday afternoon. The Chiefs have won 2 straight games and find themselves with an overall record of 4-3, which has them very much in the playoff hunt. They have wins against San Diego and Saint Louis after their bye and will look for 3 in a row against a struggling Jets team. They were dominant last week against the Rams and showed just how special they can be as a team overall. The defense sacked Rams quarterback Austin Davis 7 times and held him to only 160 yards passing. This is consistent with what their pass defense has been all season as they lead the NFL by averaging only 197 passing yards per week to their opponents. Quarterback Alex Smith was his usual and consistent self by going 25 for 29 passing for 223 yards. His accurate passing moved his team up and down the field and the running of Jamal Charles got them into the end zone. He finished up with 14 carries for 67 yards and 2 big touchdowns. The Jets have had an extremely rough season and it didn’t get any better last week vs. the Bills. Starting quarterback was benched 6 minutes into the game after he managed to commit 3 turnovers on 3 possessions. Backup quarterback Michael Vick looked better than Smith and was able to move the ball more efficiently. The score was only 24-17 at the half thanks to the brief spark that he provided. But he threw a bad interception in the third quarter and fumbled the ball 4 times losing 2 of them. It seemed like he dropped the ball every time he was touched and he will need to improve his ball security going forward.

Vick has been named the starter for this week. Coach Rex Ryan says that they are doing whatever it takes to get a win and that he feels the veteran gives him the best chance this week. He did move the ball well at times including a 13-play 76-yard drive that ended with a Chris Ivory touchdown run. Vick is familiar with offensive coordinators Marty Morenwig’s system form their time together in Philadelphia so he should be able to be prepared to start. The Jets will have to get their running game going early and often if they want any real chance. Chris Ivory has been solid all season long when given carries. Chris Johnson has been more effective since he started getting more carries out on the edge.

The Chiefs are a team that had gotten away from its running game earlier in the season and they have refused to make that same mistake. The running back combination of Jamal Charles and Knile Davis ran for 122 yards and 3 touchdowns last week. Charles has averaged 5 yards a carry and scored 6 touchdowns in his last four games. He needs to be the main focus of the Jets defense if they want any real chance of winning.

Pick: Jets +9.5

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