The New York Jets travel to Denver for their NFL Week 7 matchup with the Broncos. The Jets enter as underdogs against the Broncos in the betting odds despite having the better record.
The New York Jets continued their surprise start to the season with an incredible come-from-behind victory over the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field last week. This victory improved New York’s record to 4-2 on the season and marked the franchise’s first three-game winning streak since Weeks 10-12 of the 2019 season. Despite that, the Jets head to Denver to face the Broncos as a 1-point underdog in the betting odds.
While the Jets are flying high following three straight wins, the Broncos find themselves in the opposite situation. Denver’s dropped three games in row, with the latest being last week’s 19-16 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. Russell Wilson and the Broncos offense continues to sputter, as evidenced by coughing up a 10-0 lead in the loss.
Here’s a look at the best betting odds for this Jets and Broncos matchup in Denver on Sunday afternoon.
Best Betting Odds for Jets at Broncos
This line started at 3.5-points in favor of the Denver before the Jets played last Sunday. But following New York’s impressive defensive performance, and another underwhelming one from the Broncos, the opening line for this game shifted in Gang Green’s favor. This game is basically a pick ‘em at this point.
Denver’s offensive struggles, and the solid nature of these two defenses, point to the Under as a potential play in this game. That explains why the total for this contest continues to drop. It opened between 42.5 and 43.5 at most sportsbooks, falling as low as 37.5 on some boards.
Over at BetMGM, the public continues to back the Jets, who’ve seen 75 percent of the bets and 71 percent of the handle for this contest. New York may very well be favored in this one by kickoff on Sunday. What’s more, 94 percent of the handle has gone to the Under.
NFL Week 6 Preview: New York Jets at Denver Broncos
The Jets scored maybe the most unlikely of victories last week, upsetting the Green Bay Packers in Lambeau Field on Sunday. New York flew by the Packers after halftime, outscoring the home team 24-7 over the final two quarters to secure the win. Gang Green limited Aaron Rodgers to just 246 passing yards, sacked him four times, and forced a fumble. The Jets defense continues to carry this young team with an NFL-high five fourth quarter takeaways.
But the offense has been doing its part as well, with the Jets leading the league in fourth-quarter scoring margin so far this season (+48). Zach Wilson has lead scoring drives in six of his eight fourth quarter attempts.
Rookie running back Breece Hall continues to impress following his 116-yard performance against the Packers. That marked the first 100-yard game for Hall, who raised his season total to a team-high 391 rushing yards.
The Jets want to run the ball to keep pressure off Wilson, as evidenced by their 179 yards against Green Bay and 135 yards versus Pittsburgh. But Denver’s defense remains the Broncos strength and ranks 13th against the run, allowing 105.8 rushing yards-per-game. The Broncos ranked third in yards-per-game allowed (290) fourth in points-per-game allowed (16.5).
There’s a chance the Jets defense sees someone other than Wilson at quarterback for the Broncos. Wilson’s dealing with a lingering hamstring issue and being sacked 20 times this season hasn’t helped. Melvin Gordon is slated to start at running back for the Broncos in this one.
Betting Trends Affect Jets, Broncos Odds
Several betting trends affect this matchup between the Jets and Broncos. Denver has yet to cover as the favorite this season. The Jets, meanwhile, enter 4-2 straight up and against the spread, including an impressive 3-0 ATS mark on the road. They’ve played as the underdog in each contest so far.
It should be noted, the home team has won three of the past four meetings between these teams, including last season’s 26-0 win for the Broncos in Denver. The Broncos sport a 5-1 mark against the spread in the last six meetings in this series, and 4-1 ATS in the last five in Denver.
The Under enters this matchup 4-1 in the last five games played between these teams in Denver. The Broncos have seen the Under hit in five of their last six games overall. The Under is also 4-1 in New York’s last five games following an ATS win.