The New York Jets face long betting odds this season, but the preseason provides the team with the opportunity to demonstrate they’re on the right path forward.
The New York Jets open Year 2 under head coach Robert Saleh this week when they take the field on Friday in Philadelphia against the Eagles. The preseason opener at Lincoln Financial Field represents a chance for the Jets to start fresh following a disappointing 4-13 campaign in 2021. Although the Jets face long betting odds in 2022, the team hopes to demonstrate they’re on the right path moving forward as a franchise.
The Jets missed the playoffs for the 11th straight season last year, but made significant roster improvements for 2022. The signings of G Laken Tomlinson, TE C.J. Uzomah and TE Tyler Conklin via free agency will help, as will the additions of rookies CB Ahmad Gardner, WR Garrett Wilson and RB Breece Hall from the NFL Draft. But how the season plays out remains to be seen.
While wagering on preseason games can be a tricky proposition, the betting odds for this Jets contest provide potential value.
Jets, Eagles Preseason Betting Odds
A look at the betting odds ahead of the Jets’ preseason opener with the Philadelphia Eagles indicates New York enters as the favorite. Preseason trends feature a wide variance for bettors, as favorites covered 53.3 percent of the time in 2021, but underdogs covered 60.8 percent of the time in 2019. (There was no preseason in 2020.)
Several New York sportsbooks carry lines and betting odds for this preseason. Most favor the Jets at this point despite New York having lost eight of their last 10 games to finish the 2021 season.
In addition to these traditional lines, FanDuel offers bettors a Winning Margin (4-Way) wager for this contest. The Jets betting odds for this wager offers value, especially since a New York win by 1-13 points comes with +170 odds. A Jets win by 14 or more points sees +470 odds.
The other options for that wager back the Eagles. A Philadelphia win by 1-13 points sees +165 odds, while an Eagles victory by 14 points or more sees +400 odds.
Jets Preseason Preview Week 1
The sportsbooks favor the Jets in their betting odds ahead of this preseason Week 1 clash likely because New York looks to play its starters for at least a stretch early in this contest.
Saleh revealed this week he plans to play the regulars “a series or two,” which could equate to about a quarter. The second and third units will take over and finish the contest from there. It will be interesting to track whether or not Saleh changes his preseason approach from Year 1, when he waited until the third game to give his starters an extended run.
The cautious approach remains the most likely one, especially considering the Jets lost right tackle Mekhi Becton for the 2022 season following an avulsion fracture of the right knee cap at practice this week.
Jets second-year quarterback Zach Wilson feels more comfortable heading into this preseason now that he understands what’s expected from day to day. For Friday’s contest, Wilson hopes to apply that understanding as a team.
“The biggest thing is going to be clean football,” Wilson said. “We’ve got to go out there with no penalties. Of course, there’ll be some penalties, but the pre-snap penalties, you need to avoid. Mental errors, missed assignments. We need to look like a football team out there. We’ve got to execute, and if we do that, I think everything takes care of itself from there.”
The Jets see some intriguing futures odds ahead of the 2022 season.
Preseason Trends with Jets Betting Odds
The Jets come to this contest 3-1 against the spread in their last four preseason games. New York went 2-0-1 straight up last preseason, including a 31-31 tie in the finale against these Philadelphia Eagles. The Jets are 10-4 against the spread in their last 14 preseason games as a road favorite. The Under is 13-4 in New York’s last 17 preseason games.
The Eagles, meanwhile, 0-2-1 straight up last preseason, but are 3-1 against the spread in their last four preseason contests as a home underdog. Philadelphia is 3-9 against the spread in its last 12 preseason games overall. The Under hit in five of their last nine preseason games.