Denver Broncos (6-5) +7.5, 47.5 O/U at New York Jets (8-3)
Giants Stadium, New York, N.Y., 4:15PM Eastern, Sunday
By Jay Horne of Predictem.com
Two division leaders clash this Sunday when the Denver Broncos travel to take on the New York Jets. The Jets are fresh off a huge 34-13 victory over the then undefeated Tennessee Titans. The Jets dominated the game shutting down the Tennessee offense and will look to do more of the same when Jay Cutler and company come rolling into town.
The Denver Broncos come into the contest with a two game lead in the AFC West and a big favorite to clinch and earn and playoff birth. Denver was derailed a week ago by the Oakland Raiders 31-10. The Broncos turned the ball over a few times in that game and Jay Cutler could never get going like he normally does. The Broncos hope that Cutler can have a big game this weekend against a New York Jets secondary that ranks 26th of the 32 teams in the NFL.
p>Brett Farve is the magic man and has the Jets playing better than anyone would have expected. Outside of the Tennessee Titans, the Jets have the 2nd best record in the AFC at 8-3. Last week, Brett Favre completed 25/32 passes for 224 yards, 2 TDs, and a pick. The real difference in last weeks derailing of the undefeated campaign came from the NY Jets running game. The Jets rushed for 192 yards as a team last week and they could have another big day against a weak Denver rush defense who allows 144 yards per game on average.
Sportsbetting Sportsbook has opened the betting line favoring the red hot New York Jets by 7.5 points. The over/under for the contest has been set at 47.5. This number might move up slightly as the week progresses considering the two powerhouse offenses that will take the field Sunday. ML numbers have the Jets listed at -330 while holding the Broncos at +270.
Jay Cutler has been the leader for the Denver Broncos this season and has performed exceptionally well. Cutler ranks 3rd in the NFL in passing racking up 3036 yards already this season. Cutler has averaged 276 yards per game this season through the air along with 19 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions. Cutlers favorite target this season has been WR Brandon Marshall. Marshall has caught 67 passes for 887 yards and 4 touchdowns. The Broncos are at their best when they get the ball in the hands of Brandon Marshall. They have only lost one game this season when Marshall has caught over 85 yards.
The Jets have possibly been the hottest team in the NFL in recent weeks. The Jets have won 5 in a row and 7 of their last 8 games with their lone loss being a defeat in overtime to the Oakland Raiders. The big support the Jets offense has gotten is from running back Thomas Jones. Jones has tallied up 950 yards this season with 9 touchdowns and is averaging 116 yards per game on the ground in his last 3 games. The Jets will hand the ball to Jones often to try and test the Denver Bronco defensive front.
The difference in this game will be which defense will step up and play well. Over the last few weeks the Jets defense has played very well but they have shown their vulnerability at times as well. The Denver Broncos offense is one of the best in the NFL, but on the other hand their defense is one of the worse in the league. The Broncos are giving up 27.5 points per game this season, ranking one of the 5 worse teams in the NFL. Denver defense must give their offense some support this weekend if they plan on beating the streaking New York Jets.
Denver is 2-7-1 ATS in their last 10 games. The Broncos have also been on the under total in 5 of their last 7 games. The Jets have won 4 of their last 5 games ATS while going on the over side in 4 of those 5 games as well. The Jets are also 4-2 ATS this season at home while Denver is 3-2 ATS on the road.
Jays Pick - Cutler and Farve combine for 50+ points, Take the over 47.5.