Let’s be honest: Three days after the Chiefs took down the Ravens in the most-anticipated game of 2020, we are stuck with the lowly New York Jets against the equally hapless Denver Broncos. But we have to play the games on the schedule, and Vik Chokshi isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty finding the best plays out of this trainwreck.
Vik’s Pick: Jets -1.5
Vik likes the Jets in what should be a smash spot, given all the circumstances. You’ve got Brett Rypien starting at quarterback for Denver. The Jets are the home team, and it’s a short week, so the free-agent quarterback has even less time to prepare. Vik goes so far as to say that a Jets loss should be the final straw for embattled head coach Adam Gase.
Vik notes that the sharp money is moving in the Jets’ direction, with 60 percent of the public going with Denver, but 80 percent of the “green: liking “Gang Green.” Deservedly so, given all the narratives pointing in the Jets’ favor, and news could be getting even better by gametime if Jamison Crowder is listed as active.
Vik’s Pick: OVER 39.5
Perhaps with that in mind, Vik is siding with the over in what is an unusually low total of 39.5. Defense is expected to rule the night, but the Jets’ offense, with Crowder back in the fold, could uncork some big plays and ring up a few touchdowns, especially if Rypien provides them with several short fields.
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