Chiefs Sign Top Pick Tyson Jackson – NFL Betting

NFL betting news was made recently as the Kansas City Chiefs signed their top draft pick, Tyson Jackson.

Kansas City is counting heavily on Jackson this season as they look to improve upon last season’s 2-14 record.  Jackson agreed to contract terms late on Thursday and was at practice on Friday.

NFL betting on Kansas City is going to be a lot more interesting this season than it was a year ago.  The Chiefs are expected to be vastly improved this season with new quarterback Matt Cassel and an improved defense.  Jackson is expected to combine with his former LSU teammate Glenn Dorsey to give Kansas City a stout defensive line. "I'm so far behind, I'm just trying to get into the playbook and learn as much as I can before we get started with the preseason," Jackson said. "I just want to be out here with my teammates when they're sweating."

Jackson’s deal is worth a reported $57 million for five-years with $31 million guaranteed.  Getting Jackson into training camp was critical for Kansas City.  New head coach Todd Haley wants Jackson to make an immediate impact this season.  Jackson was the #3 overall pick in the NFL Draft and that is the highest draft pick the Chiefs have had since 1988.

Kansas City plays in the AFC West and has a real chance to make an impact in NFL betting in that division in 2009.  They are considered at least as good as the Oakland Raiders and perhaps as good as the Denver Broncos. The San Diego Chargers are considered the class of the division in NFL football betting, but the Chiefs are definitely capable of a second place finish.  The Chiefs are 63-1 longshots to win the Super Bowl in NFL betting and they are 13-1 to win the AFC West.

Getting Jackson signed was critical to Kansas City. The Chiefs set an NFL record last year for the fewest sacks in a season with 10.  The Chiefs are going with a new 3-4 defense and Jackson will team with Dorsey up front.  He had 18.5 sacks and 122 tackles at LSU as NFL betting numbers indicate.

The Kansas City Chiefs are 1.5 point home favorites in NFL betting in their preseason opener against the Houston Texans on Saturday.  The total for the game in NFL betting is 35.5.