Date/Time: September 12th, 8:25 PM ET
Television: NFL Network
Spread: Patriots -12.5
A pair of 1-0 teams in the AFC East are going to go to war on the NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football betting festivities, as the New England Patriots play their first home game of the season against the New York Jets.
New York is already off to a winning start this year, and that has to make the Gang Green Nation quite happy. It wasn’t the prettiest game in the world, and there are going to be a lot of losses this year for sure, but wins are wins, and even with an 18-17 victory, wins are wins, and they are all valuable. It is clear that the QB Mark Sanchez era is over in the Big Apple, and that means that it is time to turn our attention to QB Geno Smith. The team’s second round draft pick wasn’t perfect in his first game, but he did throw for 256 yards and a TD and rush for 47 yards. More important, he led the team on the game-winning drive, though it was helped out by a senseless personal foul penalty by Tampa Bay. TE Kellen Winslow had seven catches for 79 yards and a TD, and it is clear that he is going to be one of the top receivers for this team. The ground game needs to get going though, because 22 carries for 44 yards between RB Bilal Powell and RB Chris Ivory won’t cut it in this game.
The Patriots might have beaten the Buffalo Bills in Week 1, but they weren’t perfect by any stretch of the imagination. New England has some massive problems that it needs to address. The main problem is the wide receiver and tight end position. TE Zach Sudfeld and WR Danny Amendola, both of which played last week, are out of the fold in this one in all likelihood, and it doesn’t seem likely that TE Rob Gronkowski is going to play either. That means that WR Julian Edelman and a host of other very suspect receivers are going to be out there to help QB Tom Brady. Brady barely completed half of his passes in the first game of the year, and there are questions about the defense as well. This unit should have an easier time against New York at home than against Buffalo on the road, but the way that QB EJ Manuel and the gang marched up and down the field has to be considered bothersome.
This is just too many points for New England to be giving. The Jets aren’t great, but they aren’t as bad as they are being perceived to be by the oddsmakers either. Go with New York and all of those points, as that will probably be enough to get the job done on Thursday night.
New York Jets @ New England Patriots Pick: New York Jets +12
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