New York Jets at Atlanta Falcons: Preview and Pick
11 Replies | 818 ViewsOn 10/01/2013 05:18 PM in NFL
The Atlanta Falcons will host the New York Jets in the week five NFL Monday Night football game. The Falcons have been considered by many to be a Super Bowl contender but after a string of bad losses, the Falcons are now in a must win against the Jets. The Jets have had some good and bad games so it all depends on what version of this team steps on the field.
New York Jets at Atlanta Falcons Odds
The NFL betting line for this game opened up with the Falcons as (-7.5) favorites in this AFC/NFC confrontation. The line automatically jumped to (-8.5) as the early money is pouring in on the Falcons despite the recent mini losing streak. The line could continue to grow leading up to game time so make sure to check with the top rated sportsbooks to get the most up to date betting line in this prime time game.
The Falcons have to get their offense back on track against the Jets. Matt Ryan was 12-for-13 targeting Tony Gonzalez Sunday, but 22-for-41 when targeting all other Falcons. Gonzalez's 12 receptions are more than he had total in the first three weeks (11). If Roddy White can get healthy alongside Julio Jones, this team can get back on the winning track. Luckily the Falcons defense should be able to feast on a Jets offense that is turnover prone.
Jets quarterback Geno Smith was sacked, lost a fumble or threw an interception on eight of his 40 dropbacks on Sunday, bringing his turnover total to 11 this season. Only the Giants have more turnovers as a team than Smith through four games. Smith has looked good at times however and if they can run the ball against the Falcons they have a shot.
The latest NFL betting trends in this clash show that both teams are in a tough spot. The Falcons are 23-10 against the spread (ATS) in their last 33 games following a loss, but after that the trends are all negative for the Dirty Birds. The Falcons are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 Monday games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
The Jets are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games against a team with a losing home record, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a loss and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games after allowing more than 30 points in their previous game.
New York Jets at Atlanta Falcons Pick
With plenty of time to go before kickoff so, I will wait to release my pick on this game until we get closer to game day.