29 Oct Pick 2: Kansas City vs. New York (AFC) and Cincinnati vs. Jacksonville
The Teaser: Pair Kansas City and Cincinnati
Game 1: Kansas City vs. New York (AFC)
The Initial Line:
Kansas City -10 home vs. New York (AFC)
Add 8 points to Kansas City’s line
The Final Line:
Kansas City -2
Kansas City earned a blowout win at home Sunday, beating St. Louis 34-7. After an early 7-0 lead for St. Louis, Kansas City scored 34 unanswered points behind Jamaal Charles’ 2 rush TDs. Alex Smith had a well-managed game, going 24/28 for 226 yds. Knile Davis also contributed a rush TD as well as a 99 yd kickoff return. New York suffered its 7 straight defeat, losing 43-23 to Buffalo at home. Geno Smith threw 3 first quarter interceptions as was benched for Michael Vick, who also threw an interception. New York had 6 turnovers on the day, and weren’t able to force one against Buffalo’s offense. Kyle Orton threw for 238 yds and 4 TDs, and Sammy Watkins caught 3 passes for 157 yds and a TD.
Kansas City has its second consecutive home game against New York in week 9. New York is looking for any way to end its losing streak, and this week they announced that Michael Vick will get the starting nod. Any option is better than Geno Smith at this point, but Michael Vick is not a great long term option and will have a tough time getting in a rhythm in Arrowhead Stadium. Meanwhile Kansas City has won 2 straight as they try to keep pace in the tough AFC West division behind San Diego and Denver. Look for another big day for KC’s rushing game with the combination of Charles and Davis, as they now rank 3rd in the NFL in rush yds/game. KC will hand New York its 8th straight loss on Sunday, and don’t be surprised if they run away with this one early.
Game 2: Cincinnati vs. Jacksonville
The Initial Line:
Cincinnati -10.5 home vs. Jacksonville
Add 8 points to Cincinnati’s line
The Final Line:
Cincinnati was able to pull out a big win against division rival Baltimore, defeating them at home 27-24. It was a back-and-forth game all day, but Andy Dalton lead his offense to a 10 play, 80 yd drive with less than 4 minutes left to score a TD and sneak away with the victory. Both QBs made mistakes, as Dalton had 1 INT to Flacco’s 2 INTs. Giovani Bernard was also able to punch in a rushing TD in the 3rd quarter. Jacksonville suffered its 7th defeat of the season in 8 weeks, losing at home to Miami 27-13. Most of this falls on QB Blake Bortles, who threw 2 INTs that were returned for TDs. Denard Robinson did turn in another 100 yd rushing game for the Jacksonville offense, who gained 377 yds on the day. However their 3 turnovers made the difference in the game, as Jacksonville still struggles to put together a quality game week-to-week.
Cincinnati got a much needed win in week 8, and will look to build on that against a weak Jacksonville team this weekend. They should have AJ Green back in the lineup for week 9, which is a huge boost to an offense that has sputtered in the last couple weeks. Jacksonville also ranks 27th in the league in pass yds against, which should bode well for Andy Dalton and Co. Look for a dominant win at home this weekend against a Jacksonville team that just doesn’t have the firepower to keep up. Also Cincinnati still hasn’t lost at home during the last 2 seasons, and that trend will continue this weekend.