After their Week 1 loss to the Bills, the Jets are once again on the road, as they face the Oakland Raiders. Game time is 4:05 EST on Sunday, September 17 at the Oakland Coliseum. Fans in local markets can watch the game on CBS.
The Raiders are 14-point favorites in this game. Betting in this game has been heavy on Oakland, as the Raiders opened as merely 9-point favorites. The over/under is listed at 43.5 points. Click here for a full list of Week 2 betting odds and links to game previews.
Jets vs Raiders Vegas Game Preview & Betting Odds
The Jets lost their season opener to the Bills, as many expected. But it wasn’t the lopsided game that many were predicting. The Bills won the game 21-12, and the Jets were actually a 2-point conversion away from tying the game late in the 3rd quarter.
However, the Jets had just 214 total yards in the game, nearly half of Buffalo’s 408 yards. The Jets were also badly beaten in both time-of-possession and first downs. Those stats don’t exactly create a lot of optimism for the Jets moving forward.
The Raiders managed to win their season opener on the road, but it was not easy. The Raiders struggled to gain separation from the Titans all day. A field goal with less than two minutes left was the first time all day they led by more than one score.
Fresh off the huge contract he signed over the summer, Derek Carr threw for 262 yards and two touchdowns. The Raiders also got a nice lift from Marshawn Lynch, who now leads their revamped backfield.
For two teams on opposite coasts, the Jets and Raiders have somehow found time to meet three times in the last four seasons. However, they didn’t play last year and both franchises are in a much different place than they were when the Jets and Raiders last met on the field in November 2015.
Free NFL Pick Against the Spread: Raiders +14
Two touchdown spreads are rarely warranted in the NFL because it’s a lot of points to swallow. But this game is such a mismatch that I will side with the Raiders and pick them to cover such a big spread.
The Jets scored one touchdown and two field goals last week against the Bills. But both field goals were from more than 45 yards away, so they weren’t even into the red zone when they took them. That doesn’t inspire a lot of confidence that 38-year old Josh McCown can lead the Jets to too many points against the Raiders this week.
McCown managed just 187 yards on 39 pass attempts last week. He also threw two interceptions. The Oakland defense is at least as good as the Buffalo defense, perhaps better. Anything more than 10 points from New York’s offense this week would be a surprise.
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On the flip side, New York’s defense faces a stiffer challenge than last week. The Raiders have a better quarterback and better receivers than the Bills. Oakland is also more willing to take chances down the field. The defense kept the Jets within striking distance last week, but holding the Raiders to the same 21 points they did against the Bills is hard to imagine.
It’s often risky to choose in favor of a double-digit spread in the NFL. If the Raiders have an off week or take the Jets lightly, anything can happen. But Oakland knows it can’t have an early season setback in such a competitive AFC West. The Raiders will come to play and have no trouble covering a 14-point spread against the lowly Jets.