Betting against the New York Jets in 2020 was smart money. Gang Green did not win its first game until Week 15 and finished the season 2-14.

Will 2021 be more of the same ‘ol New York Jets?

Can a new head coach and a rookie quarterback help the NYJ win a few more games this year?

The odds are good the Jets will win a game before late December this year. And, the Jets’ 17-game schedule is tough but not brutal.

New Jersey sportsbooks are realistic about the new-look Jets. Most Garden State sportsbooks are setting the over/under for total wins at either 6 or 6.5 games.

Ten wins is a likely benchmark for AFC playoff teams. The Jets are -900 to miss the playoffs at BetMGM Sportsbook.

New York Jets face tough road in 2021

First-year Head Coach Robert Saleh and No. 2 overall draft pick QB Zach Wilson have their work cut out for them.

In the AFC East, the Jets face the New England Patriots, Buffalo Bills, and Miami Dolphins twice.

The defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers will pay a visit to MetLife Stadium in Week 17. The Jets will also host the Tennesse Titans (Week 4) and New Orleans Saints (Week 14).

Tough road games include the Denver Broncos (Week 3) and Indianapolis Colts (Week 9).

The New York Jets start the 2021 season on Sept. 12 with a trip to Charlotte, NC. The Carolina Panthers feature some familiar faces to Jets fans, including QB Sam Darnold and WR Robbie Anderson. The Panthers are 4.5-point favorites in the 1 p.m. matchup.

NFL team wagers at BetMGM Sportsbook

So when will the New York Jets win their first game in 2021?

BetMGM is offering odds on the week of every NFL team’s first win. To bet on your team, just go to BetMGM Sportsbook, click “NFL” on the top banner, and look under “ Team Specials.”

For the Week 1 game, BetMGM is giving +170 for the Jets to win. The book also has the Jets moneyline at +165.

In the Week 2 home opener, the Pats come to town. BetMGM is giving the Jets +260 to record their first win that week.

A trip to Denver (+450), then back home against the Titans (+600) round out a tough first quarter of the season.

Week 5 at the Atlanta Falcons is a winnable game for the Jets (+700).

Here’s a look at the Jets 2021 regular-season schedule, including current odds as to what week the first win will come:

DateTimeTVOpponentHome or Away?Odds To Win First Game
Sept. 121 p.m.CBSPanthersAway+170
Sept. 191 p.m.CBSPatriots Home+260
Sept. 264:05 p.m.CBSBroncos Away+450
Oct. 31 p.m.CBSTitans Home+600
Oct. 109:30 a.m.CBSFalconsAway (London)+700
Oct. 24 1 p.m. CBSPatriots Away+1600
Oct. 31 1 p.m.CBSBengals Home+1200
Nov. 4 8:20 p.m.NFLN/AMAZColts Away+4000
Nov. 141 p.m.CBSBills Home+5000
Nov. 211 p.m.CBSDolphinsHome +4000
Nov. 281 p.m.CBSTexansAway+5000
Dec. 51 p.m.CBSEagles Home+8000
Dec. 121 p.m.FoxSaintsHome+10000
Dec. TBDTBDCBSDolphinsAway+12500
Dec. 261 p.m.CBSJaguars Home+12500
Jan. 21 p.m.FoxBuccaneers Away+20000
Jan. 91 p.m.CBSBills Away+50000

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David Danzis is an award-winning journalist who has covered business, politics, government, education, and sports in New Jersey. Most recently, he wrote about Atlantic City casinos, online gaming, and sports betting for The Press of Atlantic City. David is a graduate of Rutgers University.