The New York Jets (1-0) host the Miami Dolphins (1-0) this weekend in an early season AFC East battle. Kickoff is set for 1:00 PM EST on Sunday, September 17th at MetLife Stadium. The game will be televised on CBS.
Oddsmakers originally had the Jets listed as 3.5-point home favorites. The line has barely moved after early betting, as New York is currently available at -3. The total for this matchup is 44 points. Click here for a full look at the Week 2 NFL odds and for more links to our individual game previews.
Jets vs Dolphins Vegas Odds & Game Preview
The Jets are flying high after a shocking 48-17 beatdown over Detroit on Monday night. Nobody gave New York much of a chance on the road, especially with Sam Darnold becoming the youngest opening day starting QB in modern NFL history. Darnold proved the doubters wrong in Week 1, recovering nicely from an interception on the Jets first possession to finish with almost 200 yards passing and two touchdowns. He received a ton of help from WR Quincy Enunwa, who looked fantastic after missing all of the 2017-18 due to an injury. Enunwa hauled in six receptions for 63 yards and a touchdown in the victory.
New York also looked very good on defense against the Lions, holding Matt Stafford to just one touchdown while forcing him to throw four interceptions. The Jets put a ton of pressure on Stafford all game, which resulted in several terrible decisions by the to make bad decisions all game, largely thanks to a fantastic effort by the defensive line. Detroit could only muster 39 total rushing yards, something that New York will try and repeat again on Sunday against Kenyan Drake and the rest of the Dolphins backfield.
Miami emerged victorious in Week 1 after playing in the longest game in NFL history. The Dolphins beat the Tennessee Titans 27-20 in a 7 hour marathon due to several extended lightning delays. QB Ryan Tannehill completed over 70% of his passes, throwing for 230 yards and two touchdowns. WR Kenny Stills also had a big day, catching four passes for 104 yards and two touchdowns. Veteran RB Frank Gore led the way on the ground for Miami, rushing for 61 yards on nine carries.
The Dolphins looked pretty average defensively against the Titans, giving up 20 points on over 300 total yards. It will be interesting to see how their secondary holds up against a red-hot Sam Darnold playing in his second career NFL game. Although Miami didn’t give up a receiving touchdown against Tennessee, the Titans aren’t exactly a dynamic passing team either. Enunwa and Robby Anderson will be a much stiffer test for this group here in Week 2.
Free NFL Betting Prediction: Jets -3
This game could go either way, especially considering how volatile Darnold’s play will likely be as he adjusts to life as a starting QB in the NFL. It seems like many people are jumping on the Jets bandwagon after their impressive Week 1 performance. Although it might be easy for New York to come out flat at home after an emotionally-charged victory on short rest, I still don’t trust Miami enough to take them to cover in this spot. They have really struggled on the road in recent years, scoring less than 21 points in every road game for almost two years. The Dolphins have also given up at least 29 points in four out of their last five games away from Hard Rock Stadium.
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New York has also performed extremely well against divisional opponents lately, especially when playing at home. The Jets have gone 9-2 ATS over their past 11 home games against AFC East opponents, including a 4-0 record at home ATS last season. They have also held opponents to 24 points or less during that same span – which means I certainly like the under in this game as well.
Miami is also a pitiful 0-5 ATS over their past five road games while going 3-7-2 ATS over their past twelve games overall. On the other hand, the Jets are 10-4-1 ATS over their past fifteen games. As I mentioned previously, this certainly could be a spot where New York comes out with a dud. They have really struggled recently in the next game after scoring 30 or more points – they are 0-4 ATS over their past four. However, this is a new era with Darnold at the helm, so I’m fully expecting them to show up ready to play in front of a noisy crowd for their home opener.
While I expect this game to stay close right down to the wire, I think New York should be able to win this game by at least a field goal. They certainly have the much better rushing game, as the duo of Crowell and Powell looked fantastic against Detroit while Kenyan Drake and Frank Gore looked mediocre at best last weekend. I’ll lay the points and take the Jets.