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Jinxed Jets face monstrous odds to get win in the Bayou vs Saints

The New York Jets have sunk to a new low after their Week 14 shutout loss to the Denver Broncos. At 5-8 SU this season, their best days are behind them after starting quarterback Josh McCown broke his hand and was placed on IR. The Jets now will play a token game as a heavy underdog vs the New Orleans Saints, who will be looking to get back in the win column after losing to the Atlanta Falcons. The Saints opened as 14.5-point favorites to roll over New York.

SHARK BITES
  • The total has gone OVER in 14 of the Saints’ last 19 games at home.
  • The Jets are 2-5 SU in their last seven games against the Saints.
  • The Jets are 1-5 SU in their last six games in the early afternoon.

New York will be relying on backup Bryce Petty at quarterback this week. That alone should be enough to scare bettors off backing the Jets. Petty is 1-4 SU in his career as a starter and has only completed 56 per cent of his passes, which doesn’t bode well vs the Saints and their reinvigorated secondary. It’s not like the Jets were lighting the football world on fire with McCown at quarterback either as they were 1-6 SU on the road this season while allowing teams to average over 24 points per game. At this point, the Jets should be trying to tank to get a high pick in the upcoming draft.

The Saints must have been licking their chops when they saw Petty announced as the Jets starter. The Saints have dropped two of their last three games and must be feeling Carolina and Atlanta at their heels for the division lead. The good news for Saints backers, though, is they’re 5-0 SU in their last five games at home and 7-3 in their last 10 games when they’re favored by 10 points or more. Super rookie Alvin Kamara is expected to be back in the lineup and would make New Orleans even more formidable vs the Jets’ 27th-ranked run defense.

 The total opened at 47 points and while the Saints are notorious for scoring a ton of points at home (ranked second in the NFL), the UNDER may be the way to go. The UNDER has hit in six of the Jets’ last eight games on the road and, as mentioned, Bryce Petty is starting. It may be difficult to get an OVER if the Saints are the only team that scores.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Those siding with the visitors in this matchup saw the New York Jets listed as 15.5-point underdogs at shops such as Bovada. Meanwhile, theOVER/UNDER line for the betting matchup was at 47 over at 5Dimes.

OddsShark computer prediction handicapping models run on this game picked a 33-11 victory for the Saints. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NFL matchups here.

New York Jets vs New Orleans Saints Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The New Orleans Saints sit at 9-4 (7-6 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the New York Jets are currently 5-8 (7-5-1 ATS). Looking to bet on the totals? New Orleans is 7-6 OU, and New York is 7-6 OU. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and New Orleans vs New York injuries news.

The Power Rankings at OddsShark have the No. 19-rated Jets taking on the No. 1-rated Saints in this betting contest.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the New Orleans Saints' No. 4-ranked offense (29.27 PPG) against a New York Jets defense that ranks No. 16 at 23.36 PPG. The Saints passing attack has averaged 267.27 yards per game, more than the Jets give up through the air (222.18 YPG on average).

In comparing defenses, the Jets own the league's No. 22-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 122.83 yards per game when on the road. New Orleans, on the other hand, rates No. 6 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Jets were shut out in their last start, struggling to get much going against Denver's defence and losing 23-0 to the Broncos on Sunday at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

Michael Thomas hauled in 10 passes for 117 yards against the Atlanta defense in the Saints' last game, but the result was a 20-17 loss against the Falcons on Thursday.

Betting Trends
  • New York is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of New York's last 7 games
  • New York is 1-5-1 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
  • New York is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games on the road
  • New Orleans is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games
  • New Orleans is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
  • The total has gone OVER in 14 of New Orleans's last 19 games at home
  • New Orleans is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games when playing New York

Next Betting Matchups

New York home to Los Angeles, Sunday, December 24
New Orleans home to Atlanta, Sunday, December 24

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