New York Jets 2018 Betting Preview
|Date & Time||Thursday July 12, 2018, 11:00 AM (EDT)|
Super Bowl Odds: +20000
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The New York Jets haven’t made the playoffs since 2010 and enter their fourth season under coach Todd Bowles. Rihanna’s single “Rude Boy” was at the top of the music charts the last time the Jets saw the postseason, and she’s dropped four more albums since then. Needless to say, the Jets have seen better days.
So, what can we expect from the Jets this season?
Nothing worth betting future wise, but the Jets could very well be worth keeping an eye on this season in terms of betting against the spread. Despite the Jets winning just five games last year, they were 9-6-1 ATS, putting money in your pocket if you just blindly backed them each week. The Jets are also 7-4-1 ATS in their last 12 games as an underdog, and four of those wins were outright. The Jets are one of the many examples that show there’s value in getting points sometimes with these bad teams, as they don’t win often but can take care of the only number we care about as handicappers.
Josh McCown is likely going to be the Jets starting quarterback again, and while he’s now 39 years old, he’s coming off a rather decent season in which he threw for almost 3,000 yards and 18 touchdowns. McCown is good enough to keep the Jets in games and not completely blow it like past starters in New York. He’s not a difference maker, but he manages the game well and is pretty accurate for a guy his age.
The addition of running back Isaiah Crowell is solid, as she showed flashes with the Cleveland Browns and has produced 68 receptions the last two years, so he’s a receiving threat out of the backfield. Wide receiver Terrelle Pryor bombed his one year with the Washington Redskins, but he’s also the same guy who had 1,000 receiving yards in 2016 with McCown and Cody Kessler at quarterback. The Jets aren’t going to be great offensively by any means, but they did make a couple of nice additions and have a quarterback who won’t completely throw the game away.
Defensively there are some questions with the Jets, as this unit didn’t live up to expectations last season and they now lost their leading tackler in linebacker Demario Davis. The Jets also say goodbye to long time pass rusher Muhammad Wilkerson, who had 44 sacks, 10 forced fumbles and two interceptions in seven years.
Leonard Williams should be able to anchor the first line of defense and former Tennessee Titan Avery Williamson is a big time improvement to the linebacking corps. Safety Jamal Adams is coming off an all-rookie season and Trumaine Johnson is a reliable cornerback who has 41 combined pass deflections the last three years. The Jets have pieces to be an improved defense from a year ago, but a lot of it has to do with the offense putting together drives to keep this unit off the field and rested. This will be a balanced and more effective football team if the Jets can become a top-10 team in time of possession.
Overall, there’s not a lot on this Jets team that’s going to get you excited and games are often going to be painful to watch. Betting and sitting through Jets games won’t be how you want to spend your Sunday’s. However, this group showed last season that it can be profitable if you pick your spots and bet game to game. Heck, the Jets are getting a free touchdown week 1 against the Detroit Lions. Are you really laying a touchdown with the Lions, a franchise that's notorious for falling flat on its face and has failed to cover 12 of its last 20 games when at least a touchdown favorite?
You can make money betting a team that gets crapped on weekly by oddsmakers.
New York Jets win AFC East: Yes +1600 / No -3200
New York Jets make playoffs: Yes +550 / No -925
New York Jets Season Wins: Over 6 +110 / Under 6 -130 (The Jets have a rough schedule and simply not enough talent to win games. Cover is a different story.)
New York Jets Super Bowl: +20000 (The New York Jets have the worst Super Bowl odds heading into the season. There’s simply not enough here to make even a case for the playoffs, so betting Super Bowl even as a chance to hedge later is kind of pointless.)