They’re the last of the winless NFL teams and the bane of sports betting with a 2-7 record against the spread — it’s the New York Jets. Coming out of their bye week, the Jets face seven more opponents for which the sportsbook will certainly line New York as the underdog. We reflect back on the Jets’ NFL point spreads so far this season and find out they have trouble even covering teasers.
|ATS Result||Bills cover by 3½|
When it died: Buffalo covered the number from the time it scored the first touchdown at 5:38 in the first quarter. After scoring a garbage-time touchdown to pull within 10 points, the clock left only 0:54 seconds. The Jets’ onside kick was unsuccessful.
|Opponent||San Francisco 49ers|
|ATS Result||49ers cover by 11|
When it died: The Niners moved to a 14-3 lead with a mid-second-quarter touchdown, covering the spread from that point. New York’s garbage-time score at the end left only 1:23 on the clock and an 18-point deficit. (They didn’t attempt an on-side kick.)
|ATS Result||Colts cover by 16½|
When it died: Midway through the second quarter, the Colts tacked on a field goal to establish a 13-point lead that only grew as the Jets failed to score another point. Any thoughts of a miracle backdoor cover were dismissed by an Indianapolis Pick-Six at the end of the third quarter.
|ATS Result||Broncos cover by 10|
When it died: Not only were they favored — no really, how badly do the oddsmakers think of the Broncos? — but they covered the number for an entire quarter. The Jets’ largest offensive effort so far also resulted in a fourth-quarter lead. What would have been a push lasted only a few minutes though, as Denver took back the lead with a field goal at 3:08, and then picking up an insurance touchdown past the two-minute warning off two stalled Jets’ drives.
|ATS Result||Cardinals cover by 13|
When it died: In a low-scoring affair, the Jets managed a third-quarter touchdown to Jamison Crowder to pull within seven points. As the third wound down, Arizona tacked on another touchdown, followed by another with 8:35 left in the game. A 12-play drive that crashed out on the Cardinals’ 35 with about five minutes remaining ended the Jets’ efforts.
|ATS Result||Dolphins cover by 14|
When it died: The Jets’ strategy to defeat the Dolphins by punting 10 times in a game proved to be ineffective. Miami scored its second touchdown early in the second quarter and never looked back. The Jets ran a total of four second-half offensive plays in Miami territory, and one of those was a missed field goal from 55 yards.
|ATS Result||Jets cover by 1½|
When it died: It didn’t die. The Jets covered! Carrying a 10-0 lead late into the first half, the Jets appeared to at least tease an upset. Had Buffalo swapped some of its half-dozen field goals for touchdowns, or hit on the other two missed field-goal attempts, the final would have been closer to 24-10 or 30-10. It was still sweat for Jets’ backers, as Buffalo, up five and driving as the clock approached the two-minute warning, settled for a field goal after being stuffed on a third-and-two at the Jets’ 22.
|Opponent||Kansas City Chiefs|
|ATS Result||Chiefs cover by 6|
When it died: Causing a splash when it opened, the point spread between the Jets and the Chiefs ranked in the top 10 largest chalk in the Super-Bowl era. Wiseguys grabbed the +21 right away, with the closing number split between widely-available +19½ or +20s.
Sure enough, New York trailed by 19 going into the fourth quarter. While the Chiefs seemed content to experiment with new plays instead of hanging at least 30 on their opponent, these were still the Jets. On a casual third-and-five, Patrick Mahomes flung a 40-yard pass to Tyreek Hill that broke CB Blessuan Austin’s ankles, as Hill scooted into the end zone.
Afterward, the Jets went three-and-out, the Chiefs obliterated over seven minutes of clock on a 12-play drive, which ended on the Jets’ 34, not with a field goal attempt, but rather a failed pass attempt to leave New York with a shred of dignity. Even with decent field position and two remaining timeouts, the Jets ran three plays with no hurry-up offense or any effort to scrape out a garbage-time touchdown to cover the number.
With a 26-point difference, the Jets became the third team to fail covering a 20+-point spread. (It’s an exclusive club with the 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the 1991 Indianapolis Colts.)
|Opponent||New England Patriots|
|ATS Result||Jets cover by 6|
Finally: You did it, Jets — a sweat-free, wire-to-wire point-spread cover!
They carried a 10-point lead into the locker room at the half and fought to keep it in the third quarter. After weeks of failed bets, sharps could finally feel good about taking points with New York, even laughing off the fourth-quarter interception they threw that set up the Patriots’ tying touchdown.
Of course, New England went on to move the ball 45 yards in as many seconds, setting up their game-winning 51-yard field goal, and sending the Jets into their bye week with an 0-9 record.
This brings us to Week 11 and a trip to the West Coast to play the Los Angeles Chargers, who find every way imaginable to lose close games. How bad are the Jets considered that they are 10-point underdogs to a team that is 2-7? The number says it all. This should appear like a chance for Gang Green to break into the win column. Instead, adding insult to infamy, the Jets are a double-digit underdog.