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Jets vs. Bills Odds: Point Spread, Total & Prediction

The New York Jets and Buffalo Bills meet in an AFC East battle Thursday night, with each team looking to avoid an 0-2 start.

Here’s a complete look at all the betting info you need to know, as well as a prediction for the outcome of the Week 2 opener:


Jets vs. Bills Week 2 Betting Info

Note: All odds and numbers courtesy of OddsShark.com and are updated as of September 14

Spread: Jets (-1.5)

Betting Percentages: 63 percent on NYJ (-1.5)

Over/Under: 40

Betting Percentages: 55 percent on Under 40

Week 1 Results: Jets lost straight up, pushed against the spread, over 42; Bills lost straight up, lost against the spread, under 44.5


Prediction

Everything points to this being a low-scoring contest.

One, it’s Thursday Night Football. No matter the matchup, Thursday games tend to be low-scoring and sloppy because teams have such little time to prepare.

Two, the Bills offense isn’t in a great spot right now. After scoring just seven points and averaging a brutal 3.3 yards per play (better than only the St. Louis Rams) against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 1, they now face an aggressive Jets defense (seven sacks in Week 1) without starting left tackle Cordy Glenn. To make matters worse, the team’s best playmaker, Sammy Watkins, is questionable, and if he does suit up, he’ll likely be limited.

Finally, Ryan Fitzpatrick has historically struggled against Rex Ryan defenses, going 2-8 in 10 starts and completing just 47 percent of his throws for 165 yards per game, 16 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

“Rex’s defenses over the years, the thing about them is they’re so multiple,” Fitzpatrick said. “It’s changed a little bit. It’s gotten a little bit different based on personnel. When he’s here versus when he’s there, and year to year, you see differences too.”

I would stay away from this one because Thursday night games can be so unpredictable, but if I have to choose, I’m more comfortable betting on the Jets trio of offensive stars–Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker and Matt Forte–making the plays necessary to win.

Prediction: Jets 17, Bills 13 (Jets straight up, Jets against the spread, Under 40)


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