2009 Chiefs at Jaguars Point Spread Odds, Matchup & Preview Print
Written by Anthony Rome   
Wednesday, 04 November 2009 14:45
NFL Headline News

Chiefs at Jags Preview

Jacksonville, FL - Beleaguered Kansas City Chiefs running back Larry Johnson had his suspension cut in half this week, but he won't get the chance to become the franchise's all-time leading rusher Sunday.

Bet NFL Week 9

Without Johnson, the visiting Chiefs try to turn around a struggling offense when they face the Jacksonville Jaguars, who are looking to rebound from another woeful defensive effort.

Oddsmakers from online sports book SPORTSBETTING.com have made the Jaguars –6.5 point spread favorites (View NFL odds) for Sunday’s game (Game Matchup). Current public betting information shows that 67% of bets for this game have been placed on the Jaguars –6.5 (View NFL bet percentages).

Following a 37-7 loss to San Diego on Oct. 25, Johnson questioned first-year coach Todd Haley's credentials on his Twitter page and posted a gay slur. He used a similar slur the next day to reporters.

During the bye week, the Chiefs suspended the running back for two games, but reduced the penalty Monday over fears they would lose in arbitration.

Johnson, 75 yards shy of breaking Priest Holmes' team rushing record, cannot participate in team activities until Nov. 9.

"He learned from it and hopefully other people learned from it," Johnson's agent Peter Schaeffer said. "My hope is that people learn that something positive can come out of this and that there are words that should not be used because they demean people."

Even with Johnson, Kansas City (1-6) has been one of the NFL's worst offensive teams this season, ranking 30th with 251.6 yards per game and 27th with 15.0 points a contest.

The Chiefs are 21st in the league in rushing with 101.3 yards per game as Johnson has gained a career-low 2.7 per carry. Jamaal Charles, averaging 5.0 yards in limited action, could make his fourth career start.

Dantrell Savage, who has 41 yards on eight carries, could also see increased playing time.

"Our running game is something we know we have to have to have a chance to win,'' Haley said. "We're not going to beat people throwing it 50-60 times a game right now. Our running game is one of those areas that has to improve, specifically eliminating minus-yardage runs. So that's where our focus has been, and that's where it will continue to be."

Kansas City will face a Jacksonville team that ranks near the bottom in most major defensive categories. The Jaguars were burned for a franchise-worst 305 rushing yards in last week's 30-13 loss at Tennessee.

The Titans' Chris Johnson ran for a team-record 228 yards and had a pair of long touchdown runs that put the game away.

The Jaguars (3-4) managed to stay somewhat competitive because of Maurice Jones-Drew, who ran for a career-high 177 yards and two TDs on just eight carries. David Garrard wasn't nearly as good, getting sacked three times, intercepted twice and losing a fumble while throwing for just 139 yards.

"I don't have an answer, but we've got to find a way to fix it," Jones-Drew said. ``It's not a mentality issue. Everything can be fixed. It's what you want to do to fix it. It's the little things.''

That prompted coach Jack Del Rio to hold a rare full-pads practice Wednesday. He initially considered live tackling drills but backed off because of injury concerns.

Kansas City has won three of its last 29 games and dropped 13 of 15 away from home. The Chiefs earned a rare road victory Oct. 18 over Washington but lost their other two road games by a combined 72-38, gaining less than 200 yards in each loss.

The Chiefs are making their first trip to Jacksonville since a 22-16 defeat Oct. 17, 2004. The Jaguars lead the all-time series 5-2 and took the most recent meeting 17-7 at Arrowhead Stadium on Oct. 7, 2007.

Jones-Drew rushed for a 52-yard touchdown and Garrard threw for another TD in that win, while Johnson was held to 12 yards on nine carries.

Bet NFL Week 9

Posted: 11/4/09 7:42PM ET

 

NFL Team Pages

Top NFL Public Bets

#1 463 New Orleans Saints 78%
#2 265 Dallas Cowboys 76%
#3 485 San Francisco 49ers 75%
#4 280 San Francisco 49ers 75%
#5 255 Carolina Panthers 74%
#6 481 New England Patriots 72%
#7 488 Denver Broncos 72%
#8 262 Seattle Seahawks 71%
#9 277 Houston Texans 71%
#10 480 Kansas City Chiefs 69%
View All: NFL |  NBA |  NCAAF |  NCAAB |  MLB |  NHL

Recent NFL Discussions

NFL Futures

NFL TEAM CONFERENCE ODDS CURRENT
DENVER BRONCOS 9/4
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS 3/1
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS 17/4
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS 9/2
GREEN BAY PACKERS 6/1
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS 7/1
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS 7/1
CHICAGO BEARS 15/2
PITTSBURGH STEELERS 12/1
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES 14/1
View All

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Contact Us | Advertising | 888-99-SPREAD

THIS IS NOT A GAMBLING SITE – If you think you have a gambling problem click here.

Disclaimer: This site is for informational and entertainment purposes only. Individual users are responsible for the laws regarding accessing gambling information from their jurisdictions. Many countries around the world prohibit gambling, please check the laws in your location. Any use of this information that may violate any federal, state, local or international law is strictly prohibited.

Copyright: The information contained on TheSpread.com website is protected by international copyright and may not be reproduced, or redistributed in any way without expressed written consent.

About: TheSpread.com is the largest sports betting news site in the United States. We provide point spread news, odds, statistics and information to over 199 countries around the world each year. Our coverage includes all North American College and Professional Sports as well as entertainment, political and proposition wagering news.

©1999-2013 TheSpread.com