Betting on New York Jets games is the closest a tortured fan gets to winning these days.
Gang Green has been overmatched in every game so far in the 2021 NFL season, and the team’s outlook does not look good.
For Week 4, New York (0-3) welcomes the Tennesse Titans (2-1) to MetLife Stadium at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
The visiting team has Super Bowl aspirations. The home team…well, not so much.
The New York Jets are in the beginning stages of a complete rebuild behind a rookie quarterback and a first-time head coach. Success in 2021 will not be measured by wins and losses but by progress and growth.
Here are my $5 bets for the Jets-Titans game.
New York Jets are winless ATS in 2021
After three weeks of games, the Jets joined three other teams who were winless against the point spread.
The Jacksonville Jaguars covered on Thursday night in a 3-point loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. So, that leaves only the Washington Football Team, Kansas City Chiefs, and Jets.
The Titans are favored by 6.5 points (-110) against New York.
Sportsbooks are being kind to the Jets with that one.
Laying the points here at PointsBet Sportsbook.
NFL RedZone will not be featuring a lot of NYJ/TEN
The Jets’ offensive ranks in points per game (32), passing (30), and rushing (29) leaves little reason to believe Sunday’s game will be a shootout. The NYJ also rank dead last in percentage of drives ending in a score (11.4%).
But, Tennessee is not exactly an offensive juggernaut either. The Titans are 15th in the league in PPG and 23rd in passing.
The wild card is RB Derrick Henry, who is a literal juggernaut. He is the main reason Tennessee has the 3rd-best rushing offense in football.
What does all of that mean for this week’s bets?
A low-scoring affair in the swamps of the Meadowlands.
The total for this game is 44.5 points (-110). I bet an alternate total of 38.5 points (+185) at Caesars Sportsbook.
Early J-E-T-S chants in East Rutherford on Sunday
A few weeks ago, my New York Jets bets included an early score.
Not only was that pick wrong in Week 1, but it would also have been a loss in Weeks 2 and 3, too.
The thinking behind that early-season bet was the Jets’ success in 2020. Last season, the NYJ were among the league’s best in scoring on the team’s first drive.
But that was a different offense under a different head coach and O-coordinator. The green-and-white have yet to find the endzone, or even attempt a field goal, on the first drive of any game this season.
So, call me crazy for thinking the Jets finally buck the 2021 trend and return to 2020 form.
Since I couldn’t find a prop on the result of the Jets’ first drive, I’ll bet they score the game’s first touchdown instead.
BetMGM Sportsbook is giving the Jets +150 odds.
Even New York Jets promos are geared toward bad results
Pessimism is an ingrained trait of Jets fans. Decades of futility sprinkled with a handful of soul-crushing moments brought on by false hope will do that to a fanbase.
Now, add a dose of reality to the mix: the New York Jets are the worst team in the NFL right now.
Sigh. Same old Jets.
So, when life hands you lemons…yada, yada, yada.
DraftKings Sportsbook is here to help me out.
I like the DK Promo on the NYJ to score under 1.5 TDs Sunday at +135 odds.
Can Wilson avoid multiple INTs this week?
Looking for positives with the Jets is also a unique trait of the faithful.
Many in Florham Park have high expectations for QB Zach Wilson.
But, the No. 2 overall pick is being thrown to the wolves this season. The young signal-caller has thrown seven interceptions in three games, with at least one in each contest.
This is the week HC Robert Saleh and OC Mike LaFleur put together a game plan to give their guy a chance.
Wilson may toss one INT because, well, that’s what rookies do.
BetMGM Sportsbook posted -200 odds on Wilson throwing under 1.5 INTs.
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