New York Jets vs. New England Patriots Betting Odds Preview - NFL Week 7
The New York Jets will arrive in Foxborough to face the New England Patriots this Sunday for one of the most important divisional games this week. The AFC East is in a four way tie at the moment with the Patriots, the Jets, the Dolphins and the Bills all tied at a record of 3-3. However, the Patriots and the Jets are the only teams with divisional wins in the AFC East. The Patriots beat the Bills 52-28, while the Jets beat the Bills 48-28 and the Dolphins 23-20 OT.
Both teams have struggled at times this season, losing to some of the top teams in the league and winning close games against some decent teams. For example New England lost to Arizona and Baltimore but beat Denver. The Jets lost to the 49ers and the Texans but, as said, beat Miami and Buffalo. The Patriots have been 1-1 at home this season and the Jets have been 1-1 on the road.
The spread for this game is 10 points with an over/under of 47 points, favoring New England.
The strength of the Jets is their pass defense but it will be strongly tested this week against Tom Brady and his set of receivers. Ranking 5th in the league, the Jets allow an average of 209.3 passing yards per game. The Patriots are ranked third in the league for their passing game averaging 293 yards per game. However, New England’s passing game got pretty beat up in a very physical game against the Seahawks last weekend. WR Brandon Lloyd, WR Matthew Slater, TE Aaron Hernandez and QB Tom Brady will all be nursing minor injuries this week but are all expected to play.
The running game for both teams will be difficult to predict as both teams have injuries at the RB position. New England’s Brandon Bolden left last game with a knee injury and is questionable for this week’s game. Fortunately the Patriots will return Shane Vereen from injury this week but he has not been a significant part of the Patriots offense this season. New York Jet’s RB Joe McKnight is listed as questionable this week with a high ankle sprain and Bilal Powell is listed as out after dislocating a shoulder last weekend.
For both teams the rushing game is a strength, but given present injuries the Jet’s will likely suffer more. Which is really bad for them given that the Patriots have the 6th best rushing defense in the league. The Patriots already out score the Jets with an average 31.3 points a game and a 22.8 points against average. The Jets have scored an average of 22.2 points a game and allowed an average of 23.5 points a game.
Cut some offensive production from the Jets because of injuries and the 10 point spread seems easy enough to cover with the Patriots coming out of top. As for the point total, 47 seems reasonable but it could easily go over that if the Patriots come out strong at home. Two weeks again New England scored 31 points at home against the Broncos and the Broncos probably have a better defense than the Jets. Rex Ryan, Jets head coach, come out this week and claimed New York would beat the Patriots. Ryan has a history of making such claims and coming up very short on the follow through.
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