Last week’s loss to the Miami Dolphins has finally done it. The media, sports pundits, and pretty much the rest of the nation have lost all hope for the NY Jets. There is already talk of the pros and cons of a mid-season head-coaching change. It’s gotten so bad that Todd Bowles is 3rd highest on the list at YouWager and top sportsbooks to be the next NFL coach fired.
Things Are Tough All Over
Like Cheech and Chong said, “things are rough all over.” It isn’t just Todd Bowles who’s sitting in the hot seat. The hottest seat of all is in Denver. Vance Joseph tops the list at +400 after taking a two-point loss to the Texans last Sunday.
Next up is Dirk Koetter, who’s been sitting in a blazing chair for quite some time. Quite frankly, I’m surprised that he still has his job in Tampa Bay. Mike McCarthy and Steve Wilks are also in directly in the line of fire. The disappointment is well spread around … just look at Jon Gruden and the one-win Raiders.
But On The Bright Side
Sean McDermott is also on that above list, just closer towards the bottom where John Harbaugh is living. And despite the downward spiral the Jets are in, the Buffalo Bills are even worse. The Bills are averaging a league-worst 10.67 points per game and it’s even worse on the road. Buffalo can’t even break double-digits while out on the highway, so it’s no wonder that the oddsmakers have the NY Jets as a full touchdown favorite at MetLife this Sunday.
Facing the Buffalo Bills is like a light that is suddenly shining brightly when you thought that you were trapped down the wrong end of a dark and scary hallway with monsters clawing out of the walls. This is a chance to the Jets to streak towards the light and gain some confidence back by taking advantage of a team that is in total offensive disarray. We can’t point the finger to any single QB or other skill position player at Buffalo. Whether Allen, Peterman, or Anderson play the results are the same: an offense that can’t get the job done.
Stats That We Should Consider
There is a whole laundry list of injured and questionable players on both sides here, but it has been that way for a while. So we should expect the law of averages to be affected too much. Right now the biggest average to look at is their offensive potential. The Jets average 22 points per game overall and 26 points per game while in East Rutherford. This is going against the Bills average of 9.60 points per game as the visiting team. The Bills are so pitiful offensively that they don’t even break 230 yards of total offense per game … talk about rough all over. They are 22nd in the league running the ball on the road and dead last in passing yards. Meanwhile, the Jets are still middling at No. 17 at stopping the run and better than average at stopping the pass at No. 13.
- Buffalo has only won one of its last six games.
- Buffalo has only won one of its last six road games.
- Buffalo has only covered two of six games against the Jets in NJ.
- The Jets are 9-4 against the spread at home.
- The Jets are 4-2 against the spread at home vs. the Bills.
- The Jets have a 6-2 record against the Bills while playing at home.
It’s looking pretty grim for the Bills and I have not lost all hope for the NY Jets. Although I wouldn’t recommend throwing a ton of money at the Gang this weekend, the number has moved down from a 9.5-point opening line to just 7 at the moment. I will definitely throw a few bucks on Gang Green at this number. If the number slides down to 6.5, jump all over it! If it stays at seven bet responsibly. If it moves back to the wrong side of 7, stay away.