It wasn’t that long ago that the New York Jets were the talk of the NFL betting odds scene. From virtually Day 1 of the season the Jets have been among the ranks of the top 3 or 4 teams in the NFL. With a 5-2 record they’re tied for the second best record in the league and once again the D is dominant.
But in Week 8 against a crippled Green Bay team that had lost 2 out of its last 3 games the Jets looked like the worst team in the league, losing 9-0 at home in one of the ugliest shuts outs you’ll ever see.
The Lions (2-5), on the other hand, have had no trouble scoring this season and if the Jets don’t figure some things out in a hurry they could suffer their second straight defeat to an NFC North team this weekend.
Kickoff for this Sunday matchup is set for 1:05 Eastern Time and SBG Global Sportsbook opened with the Jets as a 3.5-point favorite with an over/under total at 44.5.
New York should have dominated the Packers. The team was coming off a Bye week, was well rested and had plenty of extra time to game plan against a Green Bay offense that has been decimated by injuries to key players this NFL gambling season.
The defense played well giving up just 3 field goals but the offense was horrific. QB Mark Sanchez is still trying to prove he’s an NFL caliber QB but after a solid start he’s been awful the past few games and has 4 INTs in the past 2 games. On top of that he’s averaging just 193.7 yards per game, which has been mitigated somewhat by the Jets ability to run the ball (153.4 ypg on the ground) but it puts this team in a very bad spot if it gets behind early.
And that is distinct possibility against the Lions high flying offense.
Detroit may only have 2 wins on the season but over the past 4 games this team has gone 2-2 and averaged more than 30 points a game. With starting QB Matthew Stafford (4 TDs last week vs. a good Washington D) this offense looks it can score even more points.
The Jets defense has been exceptional again this season (15.7 ppg, 2nd best in the NFL) but its one weakness has been the passing game (218.6 ypg, and 10 TDs).
That’s exactly where the Lions will attack and that’s why Detroit has a good shot at upsetting the Jets in this sports betting matchup.