NFL Thursday Night Picks — Broncos-Jets: Which Offense Will Make a Dent?

Are you excited to see the New York Jets taking their turn on national television this week? Raise your hand. The Denver Broncos?: Please weigh in.

Hmmm, okay. We thought so.

Actually, BetAnySports customers may find an interesting game to handicap as these teams line up for action at MetLife Stadium at 8:20 PM ET on Thursday, televised by NFL Network. And don’t forget that reduced juice is available for a better deal, as well as Sports Betting Prime, for real-time wagering while the event is in progress.

One week after the Jets fell to a San Francisco team that became somewhat crippled as the game proceeded, they came up completely lame against the Indianapolis Colts, allowing the last 29 points in what was a 36-7 massacre. Those who may want to defend the Jets would point to the fact that they had a number of players missing on offense, and that’s a somewhat credible claim.

But this team isn’t executing anyway. And as has been pointed out by many critics, Sam Darnold is regressing. The USC product, who the Jets took with a #3 pick, was 17 of 29 for 168 yards in Sunday’s game (5.8 yards per attempt), but more significantly, he was intercepted three times, with two of those being returned for touchdowns. In three games, the team has been outscored 59-13 in the first half.

The Broncos would seem to have a more legitimate injury excuse, as quarterback Drew Lock is injured. He won’t likely be out very long, but coach Vic Fangio was discouraged that backup Jeff Driskel did not fill the role against Tampa Bay last week, getting sacked five times, one of those for a safety. During the game he made a move to relatively untested Brett Rypien, who hit eight of nine passes, and the youngster will get the call again.

In the NFL Thursday night betting odds on this game at BetAnySports, the game is a pick’em, with the Jets a slight favorite in what, in effect. becomes a money line:

New York Jets pk -117
Denver Broncos pk -103

Over 41 points -110
Under 41 points -110

The Jets’ pass rush is noticeably not effective, but Fangio likes the idea that Rypien can get rid of the ball quickly, because the offensive line is a mess. The Broncos ideally have the kind of run game that could also keep the New York pass rushers honest, but that will be less so if Phillip Lindsay, who sat out last week with turf toe, can’t go. And reports are that he won’t be available. The Jets have holes in the secondary, but aside from a couple of long runs by the Niners, they have been solid up front. In fact, they are ranked second in the NFL in Stuff Rate, which means they prevent opponents from gaining positive yardage on run plays (28% of the time, in fact).

The Jets are highly-compromised on offense. Mekhi Becton , a very good rookie tackle, may be able to play, but is questionable with a shoulder injury. The other tackle, George Fant, is questionable as well. Wideout Jamison Crowder should be able to play, but Breshad Perriman probably won’t. Le’Veon Bell has been unavailable, so aging Frank Gore is the #1 back. There’s nothing much going on here. In fact, the best news may be that former Super Bowl hero Joe Flacco is healthy enough to be Darnold’s backup tonight.

This is a rough spot for head coach Adam Gase, going by his recent history. He has a tendency to coddle quarterbacks, and in Miami he lost the locker room by scapegoating everybody except for Ryan Tannehill. You have to wonder whether he’s doing the same thing here. And if he is, he’ll be out on his ass before long. Not a lot of faith in these offenses; UNDER may be the way to go.

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