Another week of the Thursday night NFL game; this week features the New York Jets taking on the Denver Broncos at Mile High Stadium in Colorado. These two teams have pretty much had disappointing seasons so far but are not out of the playoff picture yet. Both will be trying to get a much needed win and start some momentum to finish the second half of the season strong.
The New York Jets are coming off of a devastating 37 to 16 home loss to the division-rival New England Patriots. They currently sit at a record of 5-4, 2nd in the AFC East. The Denver Broncos are coming off of a 2-game road winning streak and currently sit at a record of 4-5, 2nd in the AFC West.
Breakdown: Both teams have beat-up running backs that are either questionable or will not play in the game. The Jet’s LaDainian Tomlinson is unlikely to play after suffering a knee injury in the 4th quarter last Sunday against the Patriots. The Broncos lost Knowshon Moreno for the season when he tore his ACL, and Willis McGahee is questionable with a hamstring injury. The reason I mention this is because both offenses rely a lot on the running game, the Broncos especially. Last Sunday against the Cheifs, Tim Tebow only attempted 8 passes, completing 2 of them. The Jets defense will have to prove early that they can stop the option-style offense run by Denver, and force Tebow to pass a little more. The Jets offense needs to get out of the slump they have been in and stay focused for the entire game instead of just a few drives.
Possible Bets for the game: The line for the game opened up with the Jets being 4 point favorites (-4) with an over/under of 42. The spreads have since moved to Jets -6.5 with an over under of 40.5. There are also some prop bets that the sportsbooks are offering for this game:
- Tebow’s Total Completions o/u 11
- Tebow’s Total Passing Yards o/u 133.5
- Tebow’s Total TD Passes o/u 1.5
- Tebow Throws an Interception Yes/No
- Tebow Rushes for a TD Yes/No
Prediction: Take the Jets -6.5; over 40.5; under 11 completions; over 133.5 passing yds; under 1.5 TD passes; yes interception; no rushing TD. Jets win 31 to 10.
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