NFL Picks Week 17: New England Patriots vs New York Jets 1/3/21 NFL Picks, Odds, Predictions

NFL Picks Week 17: New England Patriots vs New York Jets 1/3/21 NFL Picks, Odds, Predictions Photo by David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

New York Jets (2-13) at New England Patriots (6-9)

NFL Football: Sunday, January 3, 2021 at 1:00 pm (Gillette Stadium)

The Line: New England Patriots -3.5 -- Over/Under: 43 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The New England Patriots face off with the New York Jets Sunday in a week 17 NFL AFC East division matchup in NFL action from Gillette Stadium in Foxboro,MA.

The New York Jets will look to build on back-to-back wins after a 23-16 win over Cleveland last time up. Sam Darnold has thrown for 1,942 yards, 8 touchdowns and 9 interceptions on 58.8% passing while Frank Gore leads the Jets’ rushing attack with 653 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns. Jamison Crowder is New York’s top receiver, logging 668 receiving yards with 6 touchdowns while Breshad Perriman has 431 receiving yards with 3 scores. Braxton Berrios and Denzel Mims each have 300+ receiving yards and Chris Herndon’s added 224 receiving yards as well this season. On defense, Neville Hewitt leads the Jets with 127 total tackles including 84 solo tackles while Pierre Desir has a team-high 3 interceptions and Quinnen Williams has a team-high 7 sacks for the Jets this season.

The New England Patriots will try to finish on a high note after falling to 6-9 with a 38-9 loss to Buffalo on Monday night last time out. Cam Newton has thrown for 2,415 yards, 5 touchdowns and 10 interceptions while rushing for 513 yards and another 12 TDs on the ground. Damien Harris leads the Patriots with 691 rushing yards along with a pair of touchdowns while Sony Michel has 373 rushing yards for New England this year. Jakobi Meyers leads New England in receiving with 53 grabs for 661 yards while Damiere Byrd has 46 catches for 597 yards for New England’s receiving group this season. On defense, Adrian Phillips leads the Pats with 108 total tackles while Chase Winovich has a team-high 3.5 sacks and J.C. Jackson leads the Pats with 8 interceptions this year.

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New York is 5-13 ATS in their last 18 division games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 road games. New England is 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games as a favorite and 23-9 ATS in their last 32 games against a team with a losing record while the under is 7-0 in their last 7 games overall.

Man, talk about two teams who are just ready for the season to end so that they can look ahead to the draft after a pair of horrendous seasons. With that said, I can’t really trust either team in the spot that they’re in here as New England’s capable of stinking it up regardless of where they are and the Jets can’t be trusted with any amount of points even if they have won back-to-back games. Instead, I’m going to side with the under as I just envision a snooze and slop fest where both teams are just there to fulfill contractual obligations and basically (to steal a quote from Marshawn Lynch) are there so they won’t get fined.

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Chris’s Pick Under 43

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