New York Jets (5-11) at Detroit Lions (9-8)
NFL Football: Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 7:30 pm (Ford Field)
The Line: Detroit Lions -5.5 -- Over/Under: 38 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
Up at Ford Field on Saturday, we’ve got NFL preseason Week 2 action looming between the New York Jets and the Detroit Lions.
In their 2016 campaign, the Jets were early playoff favorites but stumbled immediately. New York would eventually finish 5-11 and dead last in the AFC East. It would be the sixth consecutive missed postseason for the Jets.
This year, in the third season of head coach Todd Bowles, the Jets will be without some big names including C Nick Mangold, WR Brandon Marshall, WR Eric Decker and QB Ryan Fitzpatrick. New arrivals for New York in 2017 include QB Josh McCown, TE Brian Parker and CB Morris Claiborne.
New York is focusing on defense this year, and that was evident in their 7-3 victory over the Titans in preseason Week 1. Young QB Christian Hackenberg finished 18-of-25 for 127 yards, while Josh McCown hooked up with Charone Peake in the first quarter for a 4-yard score that was the game’s only touchdown.
Over on the Lions’ side, they showed some improvement in 2016. Detroit eked into the playoffs with a 9-7 record, but was one-and-done in the Wild Card game with a 26-6 loss to the Seahawks. Still, it was the Lions’ first playoff visit since 2014.
The Lions lose a few key names from last year, including WR Anquan Boldin, QB Dan Orlovsky, LB Jon Bostic and DT Stefan Charles. Incoming names for Detroit include DT Akeem Spence, TE Darren Fells, DT Jordan Hill and WR Keshawn Martin.
In Detroit’s Week 1 preseason game, they secured a solid 24-10 victory over the Colts. Jake Rudock was the star of the show in that one, going 13-of-21 for 142 yards and two touchdowns. Both scores went to Kenny Golladay, who finished with 53 yards on three grabs.
Detroit has no less than five tight ends fighting injuries right now, including Eric Ebron and Brandon Pettigrew. Other Lions names to watch are Andre Caldwell, Theo Riddick and Ryan Spadola. As for the Jets, they’ll be without WRs Quincy Enunwa and Lucky Whitehead, while WR Marquess Wilson, CB Dee Milliner and RB Matt Forte are questionable.
The Jets are 2-5 ATS in their last seven road games and 0-3-1 ATS in their last four Saturday games. The under is 4-1 in the Jets’ last five Saturday games and 8-3 in the Jets’ last 11 road games.
Meanwhile, the Lions are 5-2 ATS in their last seven home games and 2-5 ATS in their last seven Saturday games. Detroit is also 0-5 ATS in their last five games overall and 0-5 ATS in their last five games on fieldturf.
New York has a lengthy list of questionable designations which will severely affect their depth here. McCown may be able to put together a decent drive or two, but with go-to guys like Forte banged up I doubt the Jets will be able to do much on offense. I’ll take the Lions for a relatively low-scoring victory and cover here.