The Jacksonville Jaguars and the New York Jets are set to collide on Sunday in a matchup that will pit the 2021 No. 1 and No.2 NFL draft picks against each other.
It might have been a fascinating showdown had either team showed a semblance of promise this season. As it stands, there’s little to get excited about over the league’s stragglers colliding. That said, it’s still a betting online opportunity. So, with that in mind, we break down the matchup in this space.
Game: Jacksonville Jaguars (2-12) at New York Jets (3-11)
Location: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.
Day/Time: Sunday, 1 p.m. ET
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|New York Jets||-2½ -110||-140||41½ -110u|
The Jacksonville Jaguars boast a slim 8-7-0 edge over the New York Jets, a run of form that includes wins in the last two meetings. The Jaguars beat the Jets 31-12 on Sept. 30, 2018, and 29-15 on Oct. 27, 2019. Both these teams have undergone transformations at the staffing and roster level. Thus, it’s safe to say the NFL odds for this have little to do with previous results.
Next game: at New England Patriots
The Jacksonville Jaguars pulled the trigger and sent head coach Urban Meyer packing. It was an ignominious ending to Meyer’s first season in the NFL but a longtime coming as the Jaguars were clearly headed nowhere and he was so glaringly out of his depth.
Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell took over as the interim head coach ahead of the Jaguars’ Week 15 clash with the Houston Texans. It’s not uncommon for teams to have a bounce-back performance after a noteworthy firing, and so, for that reason, perhaps, the markets closed the Jaguars as the whopping six-point favorites at the sportsbook exchange.
Alas, the Jaguars flopped to yet another defeat instead as they lost 30-16 to the Houston Texans. Trevor Lawrence went 22 of 38 for 210 yards and zero touchdowns. It was his third game without a passing touchdown.
The defeat marked their 12th loss of the season and their sixth straight defeat since an out-of-nowhere upset victory over the Buffalo Bills in early November took NFL bettors by surprise and turned markets on their heads.
Indeed, the 9-6 win over the BIlls feels like it happened another lifetime ago. The Jaguars are eliminated from the playoffs (obviously) and they’re one of the two worst teams in point-spread betting. They are 4-10-0 against the spread (ATS), a mark that includes a 12.7 losing margin on average and -5.9 differential versus the spread.
Defensive end Jordan Smith (illness) is out indefinitely. Safety Rayshawn Jenkins (ankle), running back Carlos Hyde (concussion) and offensive lineman Cam Robinson (neck) are day-to-day.
New York Jets
Next game: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The New York Jets are flush of a 31-24 loss to the Miami Dolphins on the road. The Jets started brightly and enjoyed a lead briefly over the Dolphins. But it didn’t last long as they let it slip through their fingers. When all was said and done, coach Robert Salah’s side took its 11th loss of the season.
Rookie Zach Wilson had another trying outing, While he went 13 of 23 for 170 passing yards to finish with an 80.0 passer rating and added a rushing score to his resume, he also had a fumble for a loss and was sacked six times.
Overall,Wilson’s performance doesn’t bear scrutiny, prompting many NFL analysts to suggest he doesn’t even belong in the NFL, nevermind being a starter in the league. That’s harsh criticism, though, for a kid that’s started less than 10 games.
Zach Wilson jukes five Dolphins for the first down pic.twitter.com/8cYUgJ6re7
— Main Team (@MainTeamSports2) December 19, 2021
The New York Jets were eliminated ahead of Week 15’s contest. They are 4-10-0 ATS, a mark that includes a 12.4 losing margin on average and -6.9 differential versus the spread.
Safety Sharrod Neasman (illness) and defensive lineman John Franklin-Myers (illness) are out indefinitely. Safety Elijah Riley (concussion), tight end Ryan Griffin (knee), defensive lineman Quinnen Williams (shoulder), tackle George Fant (knee), defensive back Isaiah Dunn (illness) and wide receiver Denzel Mims (undisclosed) are day-to-day.
Betting on the Game
The Jaguars and Jets have been one great big disappointment, and that includes the performance of their top draft selections Trevor Lawrence and Zach Wilson respectively
Very little separates these franchises in terms of the win-loss columns and stats. They’re both at the bottom of the league table and statistically they fall short in key aspects of the game. Thus, markets have rolled out a rather understated betting market that highlights the unpredictability of the outcome.
The Jets are favored at home as the 2½-point home chalk, but they’re in no way a sure bet for NFL picks against the spread. Then again, the Jaguars can’t seem to buy a cover, nevermind a win.They’ve lost six straight and failed to cover in five straight games.
Taking the shine off of the Jaguars is the state of chaos and uncertainty within the organization. Meyer might be out, but the team is still in disarray and that’s going to take time to sort out. Another consideration is the fact that Lawrence is firing blanks and is without a passing touchdown in several games. On that score, Wilson has looked slightly better, although he has his fair share of critics.
It’s not a whole lot to hang one’s hat on, but the Jets might just be the slightly better option at home to clinch the victory and cover. As far as the total goes, the under has to be the bet given the offensive woes that both teams have shown overall.