In what has become quite familiar, the Kansas City Chiefs will enter action Sunday as heavy underdogs.
Pulling off the upset of the Chicago Bears — they were 7.5 point underdogs — last week didn’t seem to improve the view of the Chiefs in the eyes of oddsmakers. Todd Haley and company are getting at least nine points against the New York Jets with some outlets going as high as 10.
If, as expected, Tyler Palko again prevails as the likely candidate to start for the Chiefs that number could very well climb by at least a point as we get closer to kickoff on Sunday.
The Jets have won two straight, including a 34-19 victory over the Washington Redskins on the road last week. This season New York has a 5-1 record at home, though they have been killing teams at MetLife Stadium. Three of their wins at home have been by an average of four points.
It’s also worth noting that while the Jets aren’t sending out a QB as inept as Palko, their offense has struggled mightily. So much so that Mark Sanchez was booed during player introductions before the Jets last home game against the Buffalo Bills two weeks ago. Considering how well the Chiefs defense has played, there’s every reason to at least expect a close finish.