The Jacksonville Jags just overcame a 17-point deficit to beat the Cowboys, 40-34
If NY Jets QB Mike White (ribs) is still unable to suit up, Zach Wilson will get the start
Watch Jaguars vs Jets live on Thurs, Dec. 22, 2022, at 8:15 PM ET on Prime Video
POINT SPREAD: New York Jets -1.0 (-105) at BetMGM
POINTS TOTAL: Over 40 (-113) at BetRivers
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The NFL Week 16 Thursday Night Football matchup features two teams on the AFC playoff bubble as the 6-8 Jacksonville Jaguars take on the 7-7 New York Jets, these Jags having won four of their last six games on the stellar play of their developing young superstar QB Trevor Lawrence, these Jets struggling under center due to Mike White’s ribs and Zach Wilson’s inconsistency.
The sportsbooks are reporting that the New York Jets have covered the spread in each of their last seven December games against AFC opponents, and since this is essentially a pick ‘em game with few points from the oddsmakers given, that is the direction we are taking, especially given that the home team has won each of the last five games between the Jaguars and Jets.
It’s the Jaguars’ 27th-ranked defense that could be their downfall in this final stretch of the regular season, that unit allowing opponents to generate over 370 yards of offense each game, and in this Week 16 matchup DC Mike Caldwell will be scheming against two possible Jets QBs since it’s unknown which of them – White or Wilson – will be suiting up for this important game.
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One of the more popular wagers to make on the NFL is the points total bet where the bettor must guess whether the two teams’ combined scores at the end of the game will go over or under what the oddsmakers have predicted (40 total points for this bet), keeping in mind that the sportsbooks say eight of the Jaguars' last nine road games have gone over the total points line.
Before you put any money down on this bet, it makes sense to do some basic research on these teams’ scoring tendencies, with the Jaguars’ offense averaging 23.9 points per game and the Jets averaging 20.1 points per game, that combined total of 44 points well over what the oddsmakers are predicting here, one clear sign to take the OVER in this bet in terms of offense.
The defensive tendencies towards scoring tell a similar story, with Jacksonville’s defense typically allowing opponents to score 23.4 points per game and New York’s defense allowing teams to score 18.8 points each game, that total of 42.2 still a bit over what this bet allows, another reason to take that path in Week 16, though check back for injuries before you do.
For sports gamblers looking to spice it up a bit for the holidays, DraftKings has this fun Week 16 Player Parlay that has the bettor guessing whether two Jacksonville players can achieve a level of greatness in this game.
To win this bet, Jags RB Travis Etienne Jr. must rush for 100+ yards and QB Trevor Lawrence must throw for at least two passing TDs, both required to earn the payout, with a $100 bet giving winners a $600 return (plus your original investment), a big payday if these two playmakers can respond versus the Jets’ 4th ranked pass defense and 11th ranked run defense under DC Jeff Ulbrich.
So far this season, Etienne has generated over 100 rushing yards in four of the fourteen games in which he has played, and QB Lawrence has posted 2+ passing TDs in seven of his fourteen games as well as in four of his last five outings, a tough combo that requires a good balance between the run and pass aspects of OC Press Taylor’s offense, this bet an easy way to add thrills to this game.
What: Jacksonville Jaguars vs New York Jets
Where: MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ
When: Thursday, December 22, 2022, at 8:15 PM ET
How: Prime Video
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