Pittsburgh Steelers at New York Jets: Preview and Pick
12 Replies | 565 ViewsOn 10/08/2013 07:13 PM in NFL
The Pittsburgh Steelers are off to a very bad start and are still in danger of having one of the worst seasons of all time. They have had a bye week to try and regroup after losing a game in London against the Minnesota Vikings. Now they will go up against a suddenly hot New York Jets team who are off a huge win against the Atlanta Falcons in front of a nationally televised audience on Monday night football.
Pittsburgh Steelers at New York Jets Odds
The NFL betting line for this game opened up with the Steelers as a (-2) point favorite in this AFC meeting. The Steelers are still favorites, despite the fact that they have yet to put a complete game together this season. Because of that fact and the big win over Atlanta, the early money for this game is coming in on the Jets at a 54 percent clip as of the writing of this article. The line has slightly shifted in favor of the Steelers and can now be found at (-2.5) at several of the top rated sportsbooks.
The Jets are winning with defense. Matt Ryan completed a season-high 88.2% (30-of-34) of his passes when facing 4 or fewer pass rushers Monday night, including 2 touchdowns. Coming into the game, the Jets defense had allowed opposing quarterbacks to complete 53.8% of passes when sending a standard pass rush, the 2nd-lowest percentage in the league. Matt Ryan completed a season-high 31 passes (on 36 attempts) that traveled 10 yards or fewer downfield Monday. Ryan's average pass traveled 6.8 yards downfield, his 4th game this season with an average pass shorter than 7.0 yards. He had 4 such games all of last season. Ultimately it was the defense that won this game.
Ben Roethlisberger will have to move the ball against the Jets if he hopes to get Pittsburgh in the win column.
The latest football betting trends for this game reveal several betting angles that should not be ignored. Pittsburgh is 1-4 against the spread (ATS) in its last 5 games on the road but they also have some positive stats. Pittsburgh is 6-3 straight up in their last 9 games when playing on the road against NY Jets and 13-4 straight up in their last 17 games when playing NY Jets. The NY Jets are 4-11 (ATS) in their last 15 games when playing Pittsburgh and 2-4 ATS in their last 6 games at home.
Pittsburgh Steelers at New York Jets Pick
With plenty of time to go before kickoff of this week, I will wait to announce my pick when we get closer to game day. Check back the day of the event for my pick on this great game.