The New York Jets (6-9) head to Orchard Park this weekend for an AFC East battle against the Buffalo Bills (9-5-1). Kickoff is set for 1:00 PM EST on December 29th at New Era Field and the game will be televised on CBS.
Oddsmakers opened this game up with the Bills listed as 1.5-point home favorites. The spread hasn’t moved at all after early betting, as Buffalo is currently available at -1.5. The total for this matchup is 36 points. Click here for a full look at the Week 17 NFL odds and for more links to our individual game previews.
Bills vs Jets Game Odds & Betting Preview
New York Jets
The Jets have now two out of their last three games after beating Pittsburgh 16-10 at home last weekend to improve to 6-9 on the season overall. New York scored seven unanswered points in the first quarter and never looked back, completely shutting out the Steelers offense in the second half. QB Sam Darnold went 16/26 for 183 passing yards and a touchdown through the air while Le’Veon Bell rushed for 72 yards on a game-high 25 carries. Jamison Crowder led the way for the receiving corps, hauling in four catches for 60 yards. Overall, the Jets gained well over 250 yards of total offense and scored one touchdown in the victory.
New York was outstanding defensively against the Steelers, surrendering under 300 total yards of offense and just one touchdown. The Jets really did a great job defending against the pass, forcing two interceptions and barely yielding over 200 yards through the air.
The Bills couldn’t find a way to get past New England on the road last weekend, losing 24-17 to drop to 9-5-1 on the season overall. Buffalo led 14-13 at the start of the fourth quarter but couldn’t hold on for the victory down the stretch, giving up 11 unanswered points over the final 15 minutes of the game. QB Josh Allen went 13/26 for 208 passing yards and two touchdowns through the air while RB Devin Singletary averaged just 3.1 yards per carry on the ground. Cole Beasley ran circles around a tough Patriots secondary, racking up seven receptions for 108 yards. As a whole, the Bills generated 300 total yards of offense and found the end zone twice in the loss.
Buffalo had a mediocre outing on the other side of the ball against the Patriots, giving up close to 400 total yards of offense and two touchdowns. The Bills struggled to contain New England RB Rex Burkhead on the ground, as he recorded 97 all-purpose yards and a touchdown.
Free NFL Betting Predictions and Pick: Bills -1.5
Even though Buffalo has already locked up a playoff spot and doesn’t really have anything to play for here in Week 17, I still can’t pull the trigger with either the Jets or the UNDER in this matchup. With the current total for this AFC East clash sitting at just 36 points, there doesn’t really appear to be a ton of value left. Therefore, the only play I’m really considering on Sunday afternoon is laying the 1.5 points and taking the slight home favorite to cover the number. New York has been absolutely dreadful on the road against the spread this year, failing to cover the number in five out of their last seven outings away from MetLife Stadium.
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Buffalo has really dominated against the spread in this AFC East rivalry in recent years, covering the number in two out of their last three meetings overall. The Bills are also a rock solid 4-2 ATS over their last six games overall and 5-2 against the spread in their last seven battles against AFC East opponents. On the other side, New York is only 2-4 against the spread in their last six trips to New Era Field. They are also a dreadful 2-10 against the spread over their last 12 games against AFC East opponents. I’ll lay the 1.5 points and eat the chalk despite the very real chance that Buffalo decides to rest some of their starters in the second half – give me the Bills to cover.