Football Pick: New York Jets @ Philadelphia Eagles Preview
- Updated: December 17, 2011
Playoff implications will be in place both in the NFC and the AFC on Sunday for a late kickoff in NFL betting action between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Jets in the City of Brotherly Love.
The Jets had just about everything go right last week. They beat the Kansas City Chiefs to effectively take them out of the playoff race, and the Oakland Raiders, Tennessee Titans, and Cincinnati Bengals were all beaten. Now, New York is leading what looks to be a four-team race for the final Wild Card slot by a single game. This is a rough schedule left this year though, as it is going to likely be an underdog in at least the next two games (next week is a game against the New York Giants), and quite possibly all of the final three (Week 17 at the Miami Dolphins). Now, they have a tough task ahead this week on the road a hostile environment, knowing that the team on the other side of the field has absolutely no room for error. Mobile quarterbacks have a good history against this New York defense, and it doesn’t get more mobile under center than it does with QB Michael Vick. QB Tim Tebow has already virtually single handedly knocked off the Jets this year on the road, and WR/QB Brad Smith pulled a ton out of his pocket in the two games against his former team this year as well. Watch out to see if this continues this week.
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The Eagles know that they have to win out and get a heck of a lot of help to get into the playoffs. They are probably going to lose out on the Wild Card chase, though technically, they are still involved in the pack at this point if the win out and the Detroit Lions or Atlanta Falcons lose out. The real trick is going to be getting the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys to lose this week. In games that happen before Philly ever takes the field, New York and Dallas winning will eliminate the Eagles from the NFC East title race, while a wins by the Lions and Falcons as well would eliminate them from the playoffs all together. That being said, the team looked truly good for the first time in a few weeks last week when it beat the Miami Dolphins 26-10. RB LeSean McCoy came up with two TD runs, and Vick, in spite of a questionable day in terms of completion percentage, still did enough to make a solid defensive effort stand up.
New York Jets @ Philadelphia Eagles Trends: The Jets have never beaten Philadelphia in their history, going 0-8. The Eagles are 4-1 ATS in the last five in this series dating all the way back to 1987. New York has never covered a spread here in the City of Brotherly Love. The good news though, is that Philly is just 1-8 ATS in its last nine home games. The bad news is that the Jets are only 2-4 on the road this year both SU and ATS, and they are 0-4 SU and ATS against potential playoff teams as guests.