Las Vegas Raiders vs. New York Jets Pick ATS
Las Vegas Raiders (6-5 SU, 7-4 ATS) vs. New York Jets (0-11 SU, 3-8 ATS)
Week 13 NFL
Date/Time: Sunday, December 6, 2020 at 1PM EST
Where: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey
Point Spread: LV -7.5/NYJ +7.5 (SportsBetting - 35% Cryto Reloads! Awesome Live Betting!)
Over/Under Total: 47
The Las Vegas Raiders come to MetLife on Sunday for an AFC showdown with the New York Jets. Neither team had a good time of it last week. For the Jets, it was more of the same, as they dropped their eleventh in a row to start the season—an ugly 20-3 loss to the Dolphins. For the Raiders, last week was even worse, considering that they’re pushing for a playoff spot. And to watch them fall so flat in a 43-6 loss to the Falcons was really a damning indictment for a team that seriously needs a positive development. Who can get the upper hand in East Rutherford on Sunday?
Are the Raiders OK?
In a word—no. For them to fall short against Kansas City the previous week in a close game was excusable, especially as they had beaten KC before. But how do you go from beating the Chiefs at Arrowhead to getting gutted and filleted at Atlanta? It was a disaster beyond anything you would hope to see. Seemingly every time the Raiders had the ball, they gave it away. Carr was abysmal, throwing a pick and coughing up three fumbles. Josh Jacobs also gave away the ball. And an Atlanta offense that wasn’t even playing that well had it really easy.
It’s a bad look for a team that a short time ago looked to be a real X-factor and legit contender in this conference. To arrive at a crossroads game like that and submit a dud of that magnitude says a lot. On the one hand, we see a team that has had some things come together nicely on both sides of the ball, even playing well late in spots to turn close games in their favor. They’ve shown moxie and guts in spots, delivering clutch plays when things got critical. And with all their good results, we ignored the occasional clunkers—a lopsided loss to New England, the blowout home loss to Tampa, and some other close calls. But Atlanta confirmed what we might have already known—that while the Raiders are on the move, that process can and will have some bumps on the road. And we’re seeing that now.
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Can the Jets Do Anything About It?
With the Jets, it almost seems like it doesn’t matter what the state of the opponent is. Being 0-11 is one thing. But to cover just three spreads even as the numbers are being inflated to induce betting on this dilapidated football operation tells you all you want to know. You actually need points to cover spreads. To their credit, the two weeks leading up to the loss to Miami showed them in their best form—scoring 28 and 27 in consecutive games to get two of their only three covers of the season against New England and the Chargers. Other than that, it has been slim pickings in recent weeks, with a three-point showing last week, as well as a three-game period before that where they scored a total of 19 points.
Getting Sam Darnold back behind center could help, though it certainly didn’t on Sunday in an anemic three-point showing. Two picks didn’t help, and they are keeping him insulated from further injury by not letting him use his legs much. This side of the ball is hampered by a dog doo-doo line. And while they have some talent with receivers Breshad Perriman, Denzel Mims, Jamison Crowder, and still-productive Frank Gore, it’s not enough to overturn the issues at quarterback and up front. It is the last-ranked offense in the league in terms of total yardage and points scored. They don’t even average 14 points a game, and no matter how juicy the spread might seem, you’re generally going to need more than that.
The Jets’ defense is better than the other side of the ball, just not to the extent that it ends up making much of a difference. Giving up 44 points in two games with Miami wasn’t that bad, as they also held Buffalo to 18 points about a month ago. They can be serviceable in the right spot, and with an offense that isn’t doing its share most of the time, maybe they deserve some credit for at least preventing a full track meet from the opposing offense most of the time. Against a Las Vegas offense that seemed completely out-of-sync on Sunday, maybe they stand half a chance at home.
Can the Raiders Surge?
Maybe they can collect themselves. It hasn’t gone well the last two weeks, but perhaps they can reason their way out of this funk. Last week was a clunker. And they lost to a Chiefs team that is still the class of the league. Big deal. They’re still in it, facing the weakest team in the league in a chance to reignite their season. In a weird way, the Raiders being on the skids might make life tougher on the Jets than what would otherwise be the case. But if one wants to regard what we saw on Sunday as a symptom of a bigger problem, that’s very understandable. I think that’s more a testament to a team that still isn’t there yet—a rising team that can still hit unimaginable depths.
Lay the Points
Whether or not they’re deserving in light of what happened last week, I’m inclined to take another whirl on the Raiders against a Jets’ team that looks to have at least partially packed up for the winter. I think in many ways, the Raiders have an ideal spot to reclaim their upward mobility. The Jets lack the playmaking of both the Atlanta offense and defense, and even if the Raiders are off-the-mark again this week, the Jets are so bad that it could still get us the cover. I’ll take the Raiders in this one.
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