Jaguars vs. Chiefs Pick
Will a change in coordinators help the Jacksonville Jaguars figure out their offense against the Kansas City Chiefs this Sunday at 1PM ET?
According to the oddsmakers at BetDSI, the Chiefs are the clear favorite at home, as they are getting odds of -7.5 points against the Jaguars. The over/under total for the contest has been set at 44 points. Kansas City has won two straight over Jacksonville while the two have hit the over in three of their last five meetings.
The Chiefs are coming off a 30-14 win last week. They have won three straight to move to 5-2 on the year. They are 5-2 with the under as they are holding opponents to just 19.6 points per game. The unit also has 14 sacks and 16 turnovers. Offensively, KC isn’t terribly overwhelming, as they are putting up just 23.7 points per contest. Alex Smith has thrown for 1,638 yards and eight touchdowns, but he is out this week because of a head injury. That forces Nick Foles under center. He threw for 223 yards and two touchdowns and two touchdowns last week when Smith got injured. Spencer Ware also is dealing with a head injury and is listed as doubtful to play. Charcandrick West will get most of the snaps in his absence. Receiver Jeremy Maclin is also questionable with a groin injury. He is the leading receiver with 30 catches for 376 yards and two scores.
Jacksonville is coming off a 36-22 loss at Tennessee last week. The Jags are now just 2-5 on the season and they are 5-2 with the over. Jacksonville fired its OC following last week’s loss. They are averaging just 19.9 points and 344.6 yards per game this season. The big issue has been the run game, which is posting only 72.6 yards per game. T.J. Yeldon is the leading rusher with 220 yards and a touchdown, but averaging just 3.5 yards per carry. Blake Bortles has thrown for 1,904 yards and 12 touchdowns, but also has nine interceptions. Defensively, Jacksonville is giving up 28 points per game on the year. They have forced just five turnovers in 2016 and have 13 sacks.
KC is on a roll right now, but their winning is leading to unders. The Chiefs have hit the under in four straight wins, holding opponents to 14 points or less in three of those four games. Jacksonville has been held to 17 points or less in four games this year as well. With the injuries to KC, its offense could be struggling a little bit. Jacksonville certainly won’t have all their problems fixed in a week, especially against this defense on the road.
NFL WEEK 9 PICK: JAGUARS/CHIEFS UNDER 44