Atlanta Falcons vs. New York Jets Free Pick 10/7/13
New York Jets (2-2) at Atlanta Falcons (1-3)
NFL Football: Monday, October 7, 2013 at 8:40 pm (Georgia Dome)
The Line: Atlanta Falcons -9 -- Over/Under: 44 See the Latest Odds
The Atlanta Falcons will look to avenge a heartbreaking loss last week on Sunday Night Football as they host the New York Jets at the Georgia Dome.
The New York Jets have pulled off a couple of close victories this season and almost pulled off the upset against the Patriots in week two, but last Sunday’s outing against the Tennessee Titans is more what we expected from the Jets this season as they were demolished by a superior team and are no facing the heat of having an unstable running game, a rookie quarterback, and very offensive weapons to work with. Geno Smith has shown flashes of brilliance but for the most part he has been a turnover machine and against a Falcons defense who should have Asante Samuel back this week that isn’t a good sign. Bilal Powell has taken over the primary ball handling duties which will hopefully alleviate some of the pressure on Smith but I don’t expect Powell will be the difference maker people in New York hope he will be and facing off against a very tough home field team on the biggest stage could spell disaster for the Jets. Rex Ryan has been rumored to be on the hot seat and after another tough loss in front of the world’s eye it could be a short time away before the changing of the guard occurs in New York.
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The Falcons had ample opportunity to knock off the Patriots on Sunday night but some careless play calling in the red zone led to yet another disappointing finish for the Falcons who are surprisingly sitting with a 1-3 mark. Atlanta has played some solid competition with losses coming to Indy, Miami, and the Pats but they’re expected to win those big games as a favourite in the NFC and they have yet to do so this season. Matt Ryan is putting up solid numbers and Julio Jones continues his case as the league’s best wide out but Atlanta needs more production in the red zone and turn three points into seven. The loss of Steven Jackson hurts but Jacquizz Rodgers and Jason Snelling are filling in nicely and if they can get the ground game going and open up the field for Matty Ice it could be a very long night for Gang Green in Georgia. While a double digit line isn’t anything to coast by I think we have to in this instance as the circumstance just dictates a blowout for the Falcons as they know they need this win badly if they want any shot at keeping pace with the Saints in the NFC South. Take the Falcons here. Big.