Jets vs. Lions - 8/13/15 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New York Jets (4-12) at Detroit Lions (11-6)
NFL Football: Thursday, August 13, 2015 at 7:30 pm (Ford Field)
The Line: Detroit Lions -3 -- Over/Under: 36.5 See the Latest Odds
The New York Jets and Detroit Lions square off Thursday night in preseason at Ford Field.
The New York Jets head into the preseason with a new head coach, some new players and a quarterback question mark that remains. Bottom line, the addition of Brandon Marshall and drafting Devin Smith simply won’t matter if Geno Smith doesn’t get better in his third season. The good news for the Jets is that there’s finally some interesting QB depth with Ryan Fitzpatrick and Bryce Petty, a veteran who has had some success and a rookie who possibly could have been drafted a lot higher. Defensively, the Jets are flat out set and will be even better with Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie teaming up again. You know New York’s defense is deep when Dee Milliner, Joe Mays and Jason Babin are coming off the bench.
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The Detroit Lions head into the season with high hopes after returning a team that won 11 games last year. An experienced and accomplished offense led by Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate shouldn’t see more than two drives at most. Dan Orlovsky and Kellen Moore will battle it out for the backup quarterback job, a situation that can’t please Detroit fans if Stafford was to ever get hurt. At least we’ll see rookie running back Ameer Abdullah for the first time, right? Defensively, Haloti Ngata and Jason Jones are the only injuries to worry about. Alex Carter will get a lot of reps at cornerback after being drafted in the third round and Kyle Van Noy is ready for an expanded role now that he’s healthy. It will be an interesting preseason for the Detroit Lions.
The Jets are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Thursday games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Lions are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 Thursday games.
I have to go with the Jets here, as they actually have quarterback depth. Besides Stafford, the Lions have nobody. None. No. Not a single quarterback who can even give you a game in this league. Like, it's ugly. I'll take my chances with the free field goal and the road team.