The New York Jets (4-9) will host the Houston Texans (9-4) in the first of two games played on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 4:30 EST at MetLife Stadium and will be televised on the NFL Network.
Taking a look at the Week 15 betting odds, Houston is currently a 6.5-point favorite at most books, but several have jumped the Texans up to -7. The total for this matchup is currently at 41.5 points.
Vegas Betting Preview & Game Odds: Texans vs Jets
Houston’s 9-game winning streak came to an end last week, as the Texans fell 24-21 at home to division rival Indianapolis. Houston jumped out to a 7-0 lead, but the Colts scored 17 unanswered to take a 17-7 halftime lead and never looked back. On the bright side, the Texans still have a commanding 2-game lead in the AFC South with just 3 to play.
New York snapped a 6-game losing streak with a 27-23 come-from-behind win on the road against division rival Buffalo. You have to like the fight of the Jets, who are simply playing for pride at this point in the season. However, each win only hurts their draft positioning. There are 3 teams tied for the worst record at 3-9 and New York is now tied with 4 others at 4-9.
Free NFL Betting Pick & Predictions: Texans -6.5
My early lean here would have to be laying less than a touchdown with the Texans. I’m sure this line is inflated a bit, but there’s just no way I’m risking my hard earned cash on this Jets team. We don’t even know if New York is going to show up for this game. A win here and the Jets will be flirting with not even having a pick in the Top 10.
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Even if the Jets lay it all on the line in this game, there’s still a decent chance they lose by double-digits. Houston is the far superior team and I have to believe the Texans know just how important this game is. Nothing is a sure thing in the NFL and a loss this week and the pressure will really start to mount. I expect this team to be 100% locked in and that should be more than enough for them to cover this spread.
I’ve got major concerns for Jets’ rookie quarterback Sam Darnold. I get the feeling he might be one of those guys who has all the things scouts look for in the physical attributes of a quarterback, but not the smarts to be a top notch signal caller in the NFL. He’s thrown 15 interceptions with 8 of those coming in his last 4 starts. He’s also completing just 55.9% of his attempts and only putting up 6.72 yards/pass attempt. He’s not going to have leading rusher (Isaiah Crowell) or leading recover (Quincy Enunwa), as both are out for this game.
I just think with the talent the Texans have on the defensive side of the ball, most notably J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney, it’s pretty much a guarantee that Darnold makes a costly mistake. I also don’t think he’s capable of leading this team back if things were to spiral out of control early.
Houston hasn’t disappointed in this spot of late, as they are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games against a team with a losing home record. Jets on the other hand are just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 off a win and 0-4 ATS in their last vs a team with a winning record. Give me the Texans -6.5!