The NY Jets received some unexpected praise from their upcoming opponent this Sunday.
The NY Jets are expectedly massive underdogs in their Week 8 matchup with the powerhouse Kansas City Chiefs this Sunday. WIth opening betting lines indicating that the Chiefs are 20.5-point favorites, the game is expected to be the most lopsided of the 2020 season.
A 6-1 Chiefs team will play host to an 0-7 Jets squad that appears destined for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. Kansas City, on the other hand, appears to be on track for a return trip to the Super Bowl.
Needless to say, no one is giving the Jets a shot in this game — nor should they. Well, almost no one.
Chiefs’ superstar defensive tackle Chris Jones spoke to reporters following Thursday’s practice and he was asked about his team’s upcoming opponents, the Jets.
Of course, no one was expecting Jones to outright trash the organization, but his choice of words certainly read more as confusing praise than anything else.
“That’s a very good football team. People forget that because they haven’t won a game.”
Chris Jones is refusing to underestimate the NY Jets.
Did he just say that? Jones iterated perhaps the most oxymoronic quote of the year insisting that the Jets are a good team despite their winless record.
Never mind the fact that they haven’t lost by fewer than eight points in a game this season. Never mind that the vast majority of their offensive metrics rank in the bottom three in the league. And never mind that their defensive metrics aren’t much better.
The Jets are actually a very good football team. Just ask Chris Jones.
Obviously, this was a Bill-Belichick-esque way of refusing to downplay his opponent ahead of a game that everyone in the football world expects the Chiefs to win. The quote is ludicrous, but we can chalk it up to sportsmanship and a lack of overconfidence.
That certainly doesn’t make the quote any less hilarious though.
If the Jets manage to stay within two scores of their vastly-superior opponents this Sunday, the entire organization will score that as a victory. And in all honesty, it’s hard to blame them.
Either way, no matter how you look at it, this Jets team is as far from “very good” as possible.
Unless you’re referring to their odds of landing the first overall pick. In that case, those odds appear to be, as Jones might say, “very good.”