The New York Jets may seem very much like a disaster area at the moment, and the coach is already under fire. And personnel losses are mounting as well. It is under all these conditions that the Jets take the field against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday at 4:05 PM ET at Lucas Oil Stadium.
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You could use whatever horrible adjective you could about last week’s effort by “Gang Green,” as they were pounded 31-13 at MetLife Stadium by the San Francisco 49ers.
There was quite a bit of embarrassment; on the opening play, Raheem Mostert ran 80 yards for a touchdown. There was a 3rd-and-31 situation where Jerick McKinnon broke loose for 55 yards. Sam Darnold threw for 179 yards on 32 attempts, which isn’t even six yards an attempt.
And the Niners kept losing players to injury. By the second half, they were without starting QB Jimmy Garoppolo, the aforementioned Mostert, defensive linemen Nick Bosa and Solomon Thomas, and others.
During the week a couple of defensive players spoke up and mentioned that team practices were “slow” and “not crisp” and that drew the ire of coordinator Gregg Williams.
Head coach Adam Gase let his previous gig get out of control, as there was near-mutiny in Miami. The team is spiraling quickly. And they need somebody – particularly on the offensive side of the ball – to make a play.
In the NFL betting odds on Sunday’s game at BetAnySports, the Colts are considerable favorites at home:
Indianapolis Colts -11
New York Jets +11
Over 43.5 points -110
Under 43.5 points -110
The Colts, who were upset by Jacksonville in the season opener, are coming off a game where they completely shut down Minnesota, holding the Vikings to 175 yards and intercepting Kirk Cousins three times. They doubled Minny’s yardage total, and got 101 yards from rookie Jonathan Taylor. That was a big priority for head coach Frank Reich, because he wants to strike some balance on offense. They didn’t get that against the Jags in the opener.
We don’t mean to make this sound like a spin, but it wasn’t all bad for the Jets on Sunday. They did get three sacks, and that was one thing Williams feels is the missing piece to make this unit “dominant.” And aside from those runs by Mostert and McKinnon, they allowed just 1.7 ypc on San Francisco’s other 27 attempts.
Since Williams’ arrival, the Jets have become a difficult team to get a sustained ground attack against. They were second in the league in yards allowed last season and #1 in “stuff rate,” which records the rate at which they hold a ball carrier to no gain or tackle him for a loss. Through two weeks, they are #1 again.
The way it stands, the Jets look like a punchless crew. They have been missing Le’Veon Bell, to whom they laid out a lot of money. And La’Micale Perine and Frank Gore don’t fill the vacuum. Receivers Breshad Perriman and Jamison Crowder have been ruled out due to injury. That left the team with three healthy receivers on the roster. Well, two and a half, because Braxton Berrios is bothered by his hamstring.
I’m not sure the Colts aren’t overvalued and the Jets aren’t just a little undervalued here. But what is the “hit bottom” point for Gase’s team? I’d rather count on them getting an honest defensive effort but sputtering again with the ball. UNDER 43.5
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