Week 1 of the 2017 season got off to a roaring start
September 09, 2017 7:51 AM
by Bob Christ
Week 1 of the 2017 season got off to a roaring start Thursday night with the Kansas City Chiefs’ upset of the defending champion New England Patriots, who entered the game as a 9-point home favorite but lost 42-27. That surely throws the AFC race to the Super Bowl wide open.
New York Jets at Buffalo Bills
Time: 10 a.m. PT
Line: Bills by 8 (40)
Facts: Buffalo QB Tyrod Taylor, a Pro Bowler in 2015, is expected to start for Buffalo after passing concussion protocol after an Aug. 26 hit. He had a subterranean 27.9 passer rating this summer with no TDs and two INTs... NYJ will be going with Josh McCown, 38, who is 18-42 as a starter in his career, including 2-20 the past three years with Tampa Bay and Cleveland... Over the past 12 seasons, Buffalo has gone 9-3 ATS in openers, but 5-7 SU... The Bills had only 160 yards total offense in last year’s opening 13-7 loss to Baltimore. OC Greg Roman was fired a week later after Buffalo’s 37-31 loss to the Jets, who swept Buffalo last year, including a season-ending 30-10 beatdown as a 3.5-point home dog.
Analysis: The Jets’ odds have zoomed to 1000-1 to win the Super Bowl, by far the highest on the SuperBook board, thanks in part to some curious trades/releases of high-priced talent such as WRs Eric Decker and Brandon Marshall along with the recent trade of DT Sheldon Richardson to Seattle. And whose idea was it to let greybeard McCown get the snaps instead of letting Christian Hackenberg or Bryce Petty (when healthy) at least try his hand at being mediocre. The Bills, with a new coach and extra-motivated RB Shady McCoy (his contract was just upgraded) should have a significant edge here, especially before the home crowd.
Forecast: Bills 26, Jets 12