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Coach Rex Ryan returns to MetLife Stadium when his Buffalo Bills face the New York Jets in a very even Thursday Night Football betting matchup.
The host Jets are listed as 2.5-point favorites against the Bills at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The home team is 5-1 ATS in the last six games of this bitter AFC East rivalry, but the Bills are the healthier club.
Ryan’s Bills are 4-4 both SU and ATS, and are also 5-1 ATS in their last six games as underdogs. First-year starting QB Tyrod Taylor is thriving when given favorable matchups after teams stack the line to focus on the RB duo of LeSean McCoy and Karlos Williams, and has had recent success going downfield to WR Sammy Watkins.
Watkins might be matched up against shutdown CB Darrelle Revis, but that could open up opportunities in the passing game for McCoy, TE Charles Clay and WR Robert Woods against a depleted Jets secondary. Taylor will need to use his scrambling ability to buy time since the Jets do have 17 sacks on the season.
The Bills are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games as road underdogs against the Jets according to the OddsShark NFL Database, and while Thursday games are often daunting for road teams, they are just making a short trip.
New York, which is 5-3 SU and 4-3-1 ATS, has usually counted on QB Ryan Fitzpatrick getting good looks for one or both of the pass-catching tandem of Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker. However, the Bills are deep in the secondary with CB Stephon Gilmore and Ronald Darby.
The short week might also not afford the Jets, who are 2-6 ATS in their last eight games as home favorites, enough time to solve the issues with their running game, as RB Chris Ivory is averaging just 1.5 yards per carry over the last three games.
Centre Nick Mangold, who’s a key part of the Jets’ run blocking schemes, has missed time lately but reports indicate he will be good to go this week. The Jets are 2-5 SU in their last seven November games.
The total for Thursday night’s Bills vs. Jets betting matchup is set at 43 points at the sportsbooks. The total has gone OVER in five of the Bills’ last seven games. The total has also gone OVER in four of the Jets’ last five games. The total has gone UNDER in eight of the Bills’ last 11 games as underdogs.