Let’s face facts. It’s not easy being a Jets fan but last week made it a whole lot easier as they shocked the world and beat the upstart Bengals. Despite being without their newest franchise savior, Zach Wilson, Gang Green got the job done via a 17-point fourth-quarter which resulted in a 34-31 victory in front of a raucous partisan crowd.
Mike White was king for a day as the former Western Kentucky quarterback, and fifth-round selection of the Cowboys in the 2018 NFL Draft, became only the second player to throw for more than 400 yards in his first start since they began keeping track of such things back in 1950. The other quarterback, you might ask, is Cam Newton who did the same in 2011 with the Carolina Panthers.
The 26-year-old became aware of the crowd chanting his name but what was perhaps even more important was the pep talk he received before the game when teammate Ty Johnson said, “He’s a dog. He’s an animal. He’s a savage. I told him before the game, ‘You’re a gunslinger, so let’s ride.'”
White also connected on 37-of-45 passes which also put him in the record books as having the most completions ever for a first-time starter. Not surprisingly, his coach has become one of his biggest fans.
“Mike is fantastic,” coach Robert Saleh said. “He’s poised, he showed it all throughout camp, all throughout OTAs, that he deserves to be one of those guys and obviously he showed it today.”
As stated in this column last week, the Jets had a golden opportunity to hang with the Bengals because, and we quote, “…Cincinnati could be looking ahead to a divisional showdown with Cleveland in Week 9 so this could be a trap game for the Cats and a hot spot to bet the Jets.”
But hanging with the Bengals and covering the spread is a different animal entirely than actually beating them. But that’s exactly what New York did. And the kid who was supposed to hold a clipboard while the Jet’s No. 2 overall pick in April’s draft led the franchise out of the darkness and into the light, seized his opportunity, and ran with it.
As for their Week 9 Thursday night showdown with the Colts, the line is close to where it was last week, reflecting the Jets as 10 ½ point road underdogs. If you recall, Indianapolis lost in disastrous fashion to the Titans last week when Carson Wentz mentally vomited when it counted most, tossing a pick-six near his own goal line and another that resulted in Tennessee’s game-winning field goal.
The Colts will be without TY Hilton this week as he is in concussion protocol but if you want the whole scoop and a complete breakdown of this game then make sure to check out the full preview of this game at Bookmakers Review and all of the others on the Week 9 schedule.
Teams: Jets vs. Colts
Date: Thursday, November 4, 2021
Location: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN
TV: FOX & NFL Network
What’s the Line?
Point Spread: Colts -10 ½
Over/Under: 46 ½
Moneyline: Bengals -525/Jets +420
Last Three Head-to-Head Meetings
September 27, 2020: Line: Colts -12 ½ Final Score: Colts 36 – Jets 7
October 14, 2018: Line: Jets -2 ½ Final Score: Jets 42 – Colts 34
December 15, 2016: Line: Jets -1 Final Score: Colts 41 – Jets 10
Betting the Trends
Jets are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games as an underdog.
Jets are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games after allowing less than 90 yards rushing in their previous game.
Jets are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS win.
Jets are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a losing home record.
Jets are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games after allowing more than 250 yards passing in their previous game.
Jets are 0-4 ATS vs. a team with a losing record.
Colts are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
Colts are 13-4-1 ATS in their last 18 Thursday games.
Colts are 9-3-1 ATS in their last 13 games following an ATS loss