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Washington Redskins vs. New York Jets - 8/16/18 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New York Jets (5-11) at Washington Redskins (7-9)

NFL Football: Thursday, August 16, 2018 at 8:00 pm (FedExField)

The Line: Washington Redskins -2 -- Over/Under: 37 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

Headed our way on Thursday in Week 2 NFL Preseason action, the New York Jets will be visiting the Washington Redskins. 

The Jets are coming off a disappointing season in 2017, starting out at 3-2 but ultimately finishing at 5-11 and in last place in the AFC East. It was the seventh consecutive season New York has missed the playoffs. 

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Washington Redskins vs. New York Jets - 8/16/18 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

The Jets have some reasons for optimism this season, however. In the first preseason game versus the Falcons on Friday, New York took a 17-0 victory. Rookie QB Sam Darnold looked impressive, going 13-for-18 for 96 yards and a TD. 

Over on the Redskins’ side, they’re coming off a 7-9 season in 2017, finishing third in the NFC East. Adding to the dismay heading into this season is the loss of rookie RB Derrius Guice to a torn ACL. 

In their first preseason game, the Redskins blew a 17-point lead to the Patriots and would lose 26-17. QB Colt McCoy looked solid in that one, with a 13-of-18 line for 189 yards and a pair of touchdowns. 

The Jets are 4-1 ATS in their last five Thursday games and 9-4-1 ATS in their last 14 games overall. New York is 2-6-1 ATS in their last nine road games and 3-9-1 ATS in their last 13 games on grass. 

Meanwhile, the under is 4-0 in the Redskins’ last four games overall and 7-3 in their last 10 home games. The over is 6-1 in the Redskins’ last seven Thursday games and 20-8 in their last 28 games on grass. 

It’s tough to tell what to expect by preseason performances alone, but both these teams have some reasons for optimism heading into the season. I expect New York to roll with Teddy Bridgewater at QB for a little longer this time (he played very well in the opener) to see what they have in him. With Darnold coming along behind Bridgewater, I have to go with the Jets here.

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