Last Updated: 2017-12-06
Well, one thing we can say is that the New York Jets have not given up yet, and that is a tremendous credit to coach Todd Bowles. We’ve gone over this before, but this is a team that was expected by many to win one game at the most, owing to massive purging of experienced personnel, and here they are, twelve games into the season, and still harboring some hopes of getting into the playoffs. On Sunday, they will attempt to hang in there as they visit the Denver Broncos, who suddenly look like a soft touch. This game will begin at 4:05 PM ET at Mile High, and while VietBet customers are watching the game on CBS, they can avail themselves of real-time wagering through the mechanism provided by Live Betting Ultra.
The Jets went down by a 14-0 margin last week to the Kansas City Chiefs, but fought back, and for a change they performed in the fourth quarter, pulling out a 38-31 victory in which they possessed the ball for almost 43 minutes. They took advantage of a vulnerable Kansas City defense to pile up 488 yards, and Josh McCown was once again solid, throwing for 331 yards. Wide receivers Jermaine Kearse and Robbie Anderson became the first pair of Jets receivers to go over 100 yards in the same game in half a century. Now the Jets are 5-7 straight-up (7-4-1 against the football pointspread) and are not eliminated, sitting two games in back of the Baltimore Ravens, who currently occupy the last AFC playoff spot. Again, this is a lot better than was anticipated for this team.
The Broncos haven’t come close to meeting expectations; they seem to get worse and worse, and it got downright embarrassing in their 35-9 loss to the Miami Dolphins last weekend. Trevor Siemian, who had been re-inserted as quarterback after a start by Paxton Lynch, with just 19-41 on the day and was intercepted three times, including one that was taken back for a touchdown. And the Broncos defense collapsed, allowing the Dolphins to rush for 145 yards without anything in the way of a marquee ball-carrier. Denver is obviously way out of contention, carrying a 3-9 straight-up record (2-9-1 ATS).
In the football betting odds that have been established on this game by the folks at VietBet, it’s all even:
Denver Broncos pick
New York Jets
Over 41 points -110
Under 41 points -110
The storyline down in Miami was kind of interesting, because obviously the Dolphins are coached by Adam Gase, who had worked as offensive coordinator in Denver and had fully expected, it appears, to be named head coach after the firing of John Fox, but was left out in the cold altogether. So he took a grudge against the franchise into the game, unfortunately affecting Vance Joseph, the current Broncos’ head coach, who was his defensive coordinator last year in Miami. Gase, with his team up 33-9, called for an onside kick with 10 minutes left in the game. That’s kind of humiliating and insulting, but the Broncos, just one year removed from a Super Bowl championship, have stooped to that level where they put themselves in those positions. .
They converted only one out of their 13 third-down situations, and so it hasn’t really mattered about the change in coordinators from Mike McCoy to Bill Musgrave – this offensive unit can’t get out of its own way. Siemian is not the long-term answer; perhaps Lynch isn’t either, and so VietBet patrons will hear some talk in the Denver area about the long-term possibilities of Chip Kelly, the nephew of Jim Kelly, who was chosen along with Broncos head of football operations John Elway in that famed 1983 quarterback class.
Yes, the Jets, who converted on 13 of their 20 third-down situations against Kansas City, are a team that is still playing hard. And they have gone 7-2-1 against the spread over their last 10 games, compared with eight straight pointspread losses for the Broncos. But perhaps this is one of those situations where pride comes into play; the Denver defense still has a pretty good numbers in the third down spots, giving up just 30.2%. The stop unit is second-best in the league in yards per drive allowed, but they have to get a little bit luckier in the red zone, where the Jets are a top-10 team offensively. Bowles’ team has beaten only Cleveland away from home this season. Remember, the Jets, despite their gallant efforts, did not get to 5-7 by being consistent. What we are saying is that this might be an interesting psychological spot for the Broncos, so in this pick’em situation, we are on their side.
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