Aaron Rodgers And The Jets Can Beat The Chiefs, Explains ESPN’s Dan Orlovsky

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Just a day after New York Jets head coach Robert Saleh claimed that his team is one of 6-8 teams that could win the Super Bowl,  ESPN analyst Dan Orlovsky agreed with his assessment by identifying Gang Green as one of two teams that can defeat the defending Super Bowl champions.

Appearing on Wednesday’s episode of ESPN’s morning show Get Up!, Orlovsky — who was drafted into the NFL the same year as Aaron Rodgers and has since become one of the network’s most prominent football analysts — said that the Jets (and the Bills) have what it takes to “knock off” Patrick Mahomes and the defending champion Chiefs.”

The crux of Orlovsky’s point, unsurprisingly, is the acquisition of future Hall of Famer Aaron Rodgers, who he believes will be playing with a chip on his shoulder this season.

“[He’s] refreshed, energized, he’s excited and happy while also having the chip on his shoulder. And maybe the chip on the shoulder isn’t as outwardly expressed in May as much as we could potentially see in September and October, but it is absolutely there,” Orlovsky said.

“He got run out of town in Green Bay. But now, he’s got that chip on his shoulder that ‘I’m going to prove everybody wrong and that I’m still the baddest dude on the planet while also being excited about where he is, and who he’s doing it with. And I think the Jets are in this very unique space: there are two teams that I think are the most equipped to beat Kansas City,” he continued.

Orlovsky then stressed that in addition to the fire in Rodgers’ belly, the Jets’ defense is another reason he expects them to be major contenders in the AFC.

“One is Buffalo. Everyone keeps sleeping on Buffalo,” Orlovsky explained. “And then the other is the New York Jets. Those are the one-two to go knock off Kansas City and get back to the Super Bowl. I think this is the best defense that Aaron has ever played with. He played with one really, really good defense in Green Bay in like 2010, and they won the Super Bowl. This will be the best defense he’s played with.”

Saleh and Orlovsky aren’t the only ones with high hopes for the Jets (who haven’t made the playoffs since the 2010 season under Rex Ryan, by the way), as the bookies in Las Vegas have bestowed them with the seventh-shortest odds to lift the Lombardi Trophy at the end of next season, trailing only the Chiefs, Bills, Eagles, 49ers, Bengals, and Cowboys.

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