The ever so dysfunctional New York Jets will try to get their first win in six games when they visit the injury-plagued New England Patriots in an AFC East matchup on Thursday Night Football. The Patriots are a one touchdown home favorite in the NFL TNF odds. Click here for more NFL lines.
New York (1-5 SU, 0-5-1 ATS) has dropped five straight games and comes into this contest off a dismal 31-17 home loss against Denver as a 9.5-point underdog in Week 6.
New England (4-2 SU, 3-3 ATS) has won two in a row, including their hard-fought 37-22 Week 6 win over Buffalo as a 1-point road favorite.
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Surprisingly the Jets have gone have gone 3-1 ATS in the past four meetings with the Patriots.
NY Jets at New England Patriots
When: Thurs., Oct. 16
Kickoff: 8:25 PM ET
Spread: New England -7
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The York Jets put forth a good effort early on in their Week 6 matchup against Peyton Manning and the Broncos but still managed to fall to Denver for several reasons.
First, the Jets managed to gain just 31 rushing yards on 15 carries while giving up 138 yards to the Broncos on 38 carries.
New York also turned the ball over twice and is now tied with New Orleans for 29th place in turnovers at -7.
Embattled starting quarterback Geno Smith tossed an interception in the loss, marking the sixth straight game that the former second round pick has thrown an interception.
Unfortunately for the rest of the Jets, soon-to-be-fired head coach Rex Ryan, said on Monday that he still believes in the struggling signal-caller, though it goes without saying that not many others do.
"I think Geno is the best way to go right now," Ryan said.
Despite Ryan’s claims, let it be known that Smith has completed just 57.1 percent of his passes for 1,139 yards with six touchdowns and a costly seven interceptions.
New England has won two in a row and has scored at least 37 points in winning each. Despite ranking in the middle third in both rushing and passing, the Patriots are ranked 11th in the league in scoring (26.7 ppg) while also ranking an identical 11th in points allowed per game defensively (21.5 ppg).
New York is ranked an awful 30th in scoring (16.0 ppg) and a dismal 25th in points allowed (26.3 ppg), though the Jets are ranked eighth against the run (92.2 ypg).
While the Jets beat the Patriots 30-27 in overtime last October to snap a five-game losing streak to New England, I don’t think there’s any way New York wins this time around seeing as how they can barely score the ball these days.
Both teams have some costly season-ending injuries to deal with as New York lost its best cornerback in Dee Milner and New England lost both, Jerrod Mayo and Stevan Ridley.
The Jets are already looking at a lost season in which they don’t have much left to play for, even at this early juncture of the season, which is why I like New England to roll all over the beleaguered AFC East rivals.
The Jets have given up an identical 31 points in losing each of their last two games and I expect their defense to get shredded again this week by Tom Brady and company.
New York is just 1-4-2 ATS in its last seven road games while the Patriots have gone 8-2 ATS in their L/10 home games.
This contest is one of the easiest on the board for Week 7. Keep it simple and back Tom Brady and the Pats to cover easily!
My Pick: New England Patriots -7 Points