NFL-AFCE Game Day-Week 13

NFL-AFCE Game Day-Week 13
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Today’s Games



Chiefs 24 – Jets 21
Sunday, Dec. 3 @ 1 PM ET
You would think the Jets would be the perfect salve to heal what’s been ailing the Chiefs. Yeah, not so much. And I’m not buying into any Darrelle Revis-returns-in-glory storylines. (On that note, has any signing of a Hall of Fame-level talent ever received less coverage than Revis joining the Chiefs? No, probably because no is sure if the cover man can still provide any, uh, coverage.) For Kansas City to win, Kareem Huntmust be productive. Take the onus off Alex Smith, whom everyone is watching with a microscope, and who has been outplayed by Josh McCown of late. (In their last four games, McCown has a 7:1 TD-to-INT ratio and a 101.9 passer rating, while Smith’s gone 4:4 and 78.7.) Hunt’s last four games warrant scrutiny: He’s put up 46, 37, 73 and 17 rushing yards. His yards-per-carry mark during that time is 2.88. Oy. Larger problem: the Chiefs‘ defense, which is bottom five against both the run and the pass. The 1980 Vikings are the only team since the AFL-NFL merger to make the playoffs matching both those unfortunate criteria. It took this crazy play for Minnesota to pull it off, too. Two crazy plays, in fact.

Broncos 22 – Dolphins 20
Sunday, Dec. 3 @ 1 PM ET

Siemian! Cutler! It’s the NFL on CBS!!! Er … FOX! It’s a bit of a plunge from Elway-Marino. Broncos coach Vance Joseph, who is taking a ton of criticism right now, gets off the seven-game schneid with a game plan designed to beat a Miami team he knows well (he was DC there just last season), along with a prideful if not perfect performance from Trevor Siemian.

(Not) Fun fact: The Browns are the only team with a longer active losing streak (11 straight losses) than the Broncos (seven) and Dolphins (five). Tell you what, Jake Plummer and Jay Fiedler aren’t walking through that door, either.

 Patriots 26 – Bills 22

Sunday, Dec. 3 @ 1 PM ET
No, I’m not picking a blowout in this AFC East tussle. The Bills‘ defense will show up Sunday. Forcing Tom Brady to make mistakes will be problematic, however, as the 40-year-old quarterback’s season is evolving into one of the best campaigns in an all-time great catalogue. Brady has thrown a scant three interceptions in 408 attempts. That is an unbelievably low interception percentage of 0.7, putting him on pace to lead the NFL in that category for a third straight year. By the way, Brady’s passer rating when targeting Rob Gronkowski this season is 124.9. That’s the top mark among pass catchers with 70-plus targets in 2017.



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Upset of the Week

Jets over Chiefs (-3 1/2)

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, FOX

It seems elementary to pick the Chiefs to lose again after their first trip to MetLife Stadium was a disaster just two weeks ago, and their home loss to the Bills wasn’t much better. But the Jets will bring the fight, contain the run and force Alex Smith to try to dig out of his slump. On the other side, Josh McCown will stay hot against a weak pass defense, especially with Kansas City struggling to rush the QB, too.

PICK: Jets win 23-20.

Denver Broncos (-1 1/2) at Miami Dolphins

Sunday, 1 p.m., FOX

The Broncos should be having major regrets about their hiring of former Dolphins defensive coordinator Vance Joseph as head coach. The team is lost on offense, is losing it on defense and is undisciplined overall. Now Denver realizes Trevor Siemian was its best of bad QB options. Miami has been confused with Adam Gase, too, but he’ll out-coach his former assistant and watch his defense overachieve to end a skid.

PICK: Dolphins win 24-20.

New England Patriots (-9) at Buffalo Bills

Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS

Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski are back on the same page for touchdowns, timed well with Gronk’s return to his hometown this week. The Patriots’ offense will continue to run and pass at will against an overmatched Bills defense. They also can take away Tyrod Taylor’s limited weapons after stopping LeSean McCoy.

PICK: Patriots win 33-14 and cover the spread.


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