The New York Jets posted their first win of the season Sunday. But before fans start planning the NFL championship parade, they should take note of the fact the Jets will have to face the undefeated New England Patriots on Monday Night Football on Oct. 21.
The Patriots moved to 6-0 after covering a big 16.5-point spread on Thursday night against the New York Giants.
However, Monday Night’s Jets game is at the Meadowlands in New Jersey. Plus, the now 1-4 Jets just beat the Dallas Cowboys 24-22.
This begins to explain why oddsmakers at the top NJ sports betting apps are giving the Jets far fewer points than they did the Giants.
Jets vs. Patriots lines at NJ sportsbooks
|Patriots vs. Jets||DraftKings||FanDuel||William Hill|
|Spread||NE -9.5 NY +9.5||NE -10 NY +10||NE -10 NY +10|
|Moneyline||NE -385 NY +325||NE -400 NY +330||NE -450 NY +350|
The Patriots beat the Jets in Week 3
This is the second game between these two AFC East rivals already this season. The Patriots pummeled the Jets 30-14 in Week 3.
However, New England failed to cover what was a massive 20.5-point spread in that game. Although, the two teams combined for the over (43 points).
Oddsmakers’ prediction for a tighter game this time around may be due to the fact Sam Darnold is back at QB for the Jets. Last time around, Luke Falk went 12 for 22 for just 98 yards for the Jets. Darnold sounded pretty positive about the matchup.
Various Patriots injuries may also be a factor. Fullback Jakob Johnson, receiver Josh Gordon, and a handful of defensive players limped off the field against the Giants on Thursday.
Although, the recent history between the two teams only suggest the Patriots will win and win big. Sharp sports bettors who pay attention to such things could force NJ sportsbooks to move these lines significantly ahead of the game.
Jets Vs. Patriots history
The Jets and Patriots have met 121 times in history, including three times in the postseason. New England has an edge in the series with a 66-54-1 record.
However, it’s not nearly as close in recent years.
The Patriots are currently on a seven-game win streak against the Jets. However, it would be as much as 17 games if not for two overtime wins by the Jets in 2013 and 2015.
In the past four games between the two, the Pats have won by 16, 35, 14, and 20. This suggests the Patriots and legendary QB Tom Brady will have few problems covering 10 points against the Jets.
Big money backing the Pats -10 this week could have a significant impact on the line before kickoff.
To find out if oddsmakers are justified in cutting the spread in half for this second Jets-Patriots game of the season, tune in to Monday Night Football on ESPN. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:15 p.m. ET on Oct. 21.