Atlanta Falcons (6-10) at New York Jets (4-12)
NFL Football: Friday, August 21, 2015 at 7:30 pm (MetLife Stadium)
The Line: New York Jets -1 -- Over/Under: 39 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Atlanta Falcons and New York Jets play a preseason game Friday night at MetLife Stadium.
The Atlanta Falcons are coming off a preseason win over the Tennessee Titans, 31-24. T.J. Yates led Atlanta with 105 passing yards while Matt Ryan completed 100 percent of his passes and had a touchdown pass. Yates will continue to get the bulk of the reps at the backup quarterback. Jerome Smith had 25 rushing yards on seven carries and Julio Jones had 61 receiving yards and a touchdown on four receptions. The Falcons will likely look to get their ground game going in this matchup, especially with a recent hamstring injury taking place to Antone Smith. Defensively, Derek Akunne led the Falcons with eight tackles, Tyler Starr had two tackles for loss and Tyson Jackson had one of the team’s two sacks.
The New York Jets are coming off a brutal loss to the Detroit Lions, 23-3. Bryce Petty threw for 50 yards on 18 pass attempts and Ryan Fitzpatrick had 16 passing yards and three throws. The Jets clearly need to get more production out of the quarterback spot with Geno Smith sidelined for the near future. I expect Fitzpatrick to get a far heavier workload in this matchup as he gets ready for the regular season opener. Bilal Powell led the Jets with 35 rushing yards on eight carries while Walter Powell had 13 receiving yards on two catches. The Jets had nothing going offensively and need to sow something heading into this match if they’re going to put the fans at ease. Defensively, Joe Mays led New York with eight tackles, Marcus Williams had two pass deflections and Deon Simon had the team’s lone sack.
The Falcons are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games on fieldturf. The Jets are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
Even in the preseason, it's hard to back the Jets after what they showed in week one of the preseason. New York easily hard the worst showing of any team in the preseason. With that said, give me the Falcons and the free point.