Line: Jets -2.5

The 8-5 New York Jets travel to Dallas to take on the 4-9 Cowboys in this week’s Saturday night matchup after each team had very different Week 14’s. The Jets won their third game in a row when they easily defeated the Tennessee Titans 30-8. This game was never in doubt and ironically the only score the Titans had was on a trick play when Marcus Mariota lined up as a receiver and caught a 41 yard touchdown pass. The Cowboys lost 28-7 last week to the Green Bay Packers as their defense couldn’t stop the run with the Packers gaining 230 yards on the ground.

The Jets offense had over 440 yards and they had success both on the ground and through the air. Ryan Fitzpatrick completed 21 of 36 passes for 263 yards and 3 touchdowns. His favorite target was Brandon Marshall who had 6 receptions for 125 yards and a touchdown. Marshall leads the team in both receiving yards with 1,187 and touchdowns with 11. Eric Decker also had a nice day as he caught 7 passes for 74 yards and a touchdown. Chris Ivory led a balance run game with 22 carries for 101 yards. The Defensive line had a monster game with 5 sacks for a loss of 47 yards. The Jets have now had 10 sacks in their last 3 games. The Titans running game was completely shut down as they were only able to gain 24 yards on 13 carries which is less than 2 yards per carry. The defense also had 7 tackles for losses and an interception.

The Cowboys offense had success running the ball against the Packers as they gained 171 yards on just 20 carries. Darren Mcfadden led the way with 9 carries for 111 yards. The passing game struggled as Matt Cassell completed just 13 of 29 passes for 114 yards, 0 touchdowns and 1 interception. He finished with a quarterback rating of 6.8. His favorite receiver was Jason Witten who had 5 catches for 40 yards. The offensive line allowed Cassell to be sacked twice for a loss of 15 yards. Defensively, they couldn’t stop the run at all. James Starks and Eddie Lacy combined to rush for 195 yards on 35 carries with each scoring a touchdown. They weren’t able to force any turnovers but did sack Aaron Rodgers twice and had 7 tackles for losses.

The Jets are 7-5-1 against the spread this year including 3-2-1 on the road. The Cowboys are 4-9 against the spread this year including 1-5 at home. Dallas could be without linebacker Rolando McClain who is undergoing concussion protocol and his status for this game is questionable. The Jets have outscored their opponents 91-48 on their 3 game win streak and are very much alive the AFC Playoff race. For the Cowboys, last week’s loss seriously hurt their chances of making the playoffs in the mediocre NFC East and a loss to the Jets would eliminate any chance they had at making the post season.

Pick: Jets -2.5

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