(CBSNewYork)- 5 weeks into the 2020 NFL season it could appear that we’ve got a reasonably clear thought who the worst workforce in soccer is. There are a number of groups vying for that spot with 0-5 information however SportsLine senior analyst Larry Hartstein factors out a specific AFC East squad that has been underperforming in a number of methods.
“The very first thing that jumps out at you is simply how traditionally dangerous the Jets have been so far. Not solely 0-5 straight up, however 0-5 in opposition to the unfold and failing to cowl by 11 factors per sport. So simply the worst workforce within the league by loads of metrics,” stated Hartstein in an interview with CBS Native’s Katie Johnston.
The Jets have struggled a lot that the Dolphins, led by Ryan Fitzpatrick, enter this Sunday’s matchup as 10 level favorites. It’s been a very long time for the reason that Dolphins have been greater than 9 level favorites, by greatest depend, it dates again to September 25, 2016 once they have been 9.5 level favorites in opposition to the Cleveland Browns.
Whereas the Jets and Dolphins play an intra-division battle, we’ll additionally see the New England Patriots return to the sector for the primary time in two weeks. The workforce had a number of constructive COVID-19 assessments for the reason that final time they took the sector, however the state of affairs seems to have now cleared up. They’ll face the Denver Broncos, who enter at 1-Three and that’s dangerous information for Denver.
“Invoice Belichick is 22-6 in opposition to the unfold of their final 28 in opposition to dropping groups,” stated Hartstein.
We dove deeper into every sport with Hartstein, the complete breakdown is beneath.
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Denver Broncos @ New England Patriots, Sunday, October 18, 1:00 p.m. (CBS)
The most important query coming into this sport is who will likely be enjoying quarterback for all sides. Cam Newton has been out since contracting COVID-19 and Drew Lock has missed the final a number of weeks on account of a shoulder harm. However, based mostly on the best way this week has performed out, it seems we’ll see each.
“It undoubtedly appears to be like like we are going to see each of them. Cam Newton is activated, and Drew Lock training in full with the shoulder harm. In order that’s a fantastic signal for him,” stated Hartstein.
With these two again, there may be nonetheless some query about how properly they may shake off the rust from lacking the previous few weeks. Hartstein is on the lookout for the groups to do it in several methods.
“I believe with Cam, they’re going to ease him again slightly bit. They’re going to depend on the run sport. They common 5.1 yards per carry. They rank second within the league in speeding,” stated Hartstein. “After which, for Drew Lock, the important thing factor to observe for me will not be solely how is he, however how is Noah Fant. That’s this number-one goal that he likes to throw to. The large tight finish principally getting 5 catches per sport.”
Nevertheless, Fant has been restricted in follow this week so Hartstein says in case you’re considering of going with the Broncos, “make it possible for he’s going to be obtainable.”
New York Jets @ Miami Dolphins, Sunday, October 18, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)
We touched on the Jets tough begin to the 12 months on the high of the put up and it seemingly received worse this week when the workforce launched operating again Le’Veon Bell. However, Hartstein doesn’t consider the transfer will likely be that huge of a deal.
“I believe eliminating Le’Veon Bell doesn’t damage them. He was averaging lower than 4 yards per carry, a distraction, not being particularly environment friendly. I don’t assume that makes them any worse,” stated Hartstein.
The Jets will now flip to Frank Gore and Lamichal Perine within the backfield in Bell’s absence, however beginning quarterback Sam Darnold remains to be out. Joe Flacco will begin in his place in opposition to a Dolphins workforce using excessive off a 43-17 win over the San Francisco 49ers in Week 5. Whereas Miami has been having fun with the Fitzmagic so far, Hartstein cautions anybody taking the factors.
“In case you have a look at the final 7 occasions the Miami Dolphins have laid 9 or extra factors, they haven’t lined any of them,” stated Hartstein.
Kansas Metropolis Chiefs @ Buffalo Payments, Monday, October 19, 5:00 p.m. (FOX)
Lastly, the AFC East’s week wraps up with one other troublesome matchup for the Buffalo Payments. Nonetheless smarting from a 42-17 loss to the Titans on Tuesday evening, the Payments draw a Chiefs squad who’re hurting from a lack of their very own. Hartstein factors to the time to arrange for Chiefs coach Andy Reid as one of many key causes he’s backing the Chiefs.
“Andy Reid, with even an additional day of relaxation, loads of time to arrange, coming off the loss. Look what Ryan Tannehill did to that Payments protection. And now take into consideration what’s Patrick Mahomes going to do,” stated Hartstein.
The Chiefs enter the Monday evening matchup as 4.5 level favorites.
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