This Sunday the New York Jets will host the Baltimore Ravens. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 EST at MetLife Stadium and will be televised locally on CBS. Oddsmakers have New York listed as a 2.5-point favorite for this Week 7 matchup. The over/under for this contest is sitting at 40 points.
Ravens vs Jets Vegas Betting Preview
Baltimore (3-3) comes in off another heartbreaking loss. The Ravens fell 23-27 on the road against the Giants. Baltimore blew a 10-point lead early and gave up a 66-yard touchdown up 23-20 with less than 2 minutes to play.
New York (1-5) enters this game off an ugly 3-28 loss to Arizona on Monday Night Football. The Jets managed just 230 yards of total offense and 11 first downs, with two more turnovers.
Free Pick & Spread Predictions: Jets -2.5
The perception on the Jets couldn’t be any worse than it is right now. New York has lost 4 straight and were just embarrassed on national TV. Not to mention they are benching Ryan Fitzpatrick in favor of Geno Smith. Most just assume this team is throwing in the towel at 1-5, but I don’t think that’s the case.
While it’s improbable they can rebound to make the playoffs, it’s not out of the question. Kansas City won 10 straight after starting 1-5 last year. Houston also made the postseason after starting 1-4. With everyone doubting this team, I think they come out with one of their best games of the season. With that said, I have no choice but to lean New York laying less than a field goal at home.
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In reality, it shouldn’t come as a huge surprise the Jets got off to a bad start. They had an absolutely brutal schedule to start the season. Five of their first six were against playoff teams from last year. The other was on the road against a division rival in Buffalo, who they beat. It’s also worth pointing out just two of those six came at home.
While the Jets have struggled since Week 1, Baltimore opened the season 3-0. That strong start caught the attention of a lot of people. It didn’t last, as they have lost their last 3. In comparison to the Jets. Baltimore has played just one team that made the playoffs last year. That being the Redskins. Keep in mind Washington went 9-7 without a single win against a team with a winning record.
I don’t think it’s going to get any better for the Ravens going forward. Baltimore has once again been hit hard with the injury bug. They are without their two best pass rushers in Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil. Starting middle linebacker C.J. Mosely is questionable. Three of their top 4 corners are questionable (7 corners total on injury report). That’s just on defense. Joe Flacco might not play because of a shoulder injury. They will be without wide out Steve Smith and one of the best guards in the league in Marshal Yanda.
Asking this Ravens team to go on the road and win given those injuries is asking a lot. Not to mention against a pissed off Jets team that I believe has something to prove. I also don’t hate the decision to go to Smith at quarterback. Fitzpatrick was hurting this team more than he was helping them. He only had 5 touchdowns to 11 interceptions in 6 games. Changing things up can only help matters. It certainly can’t get any worse than what they looked like against the Cardinals.