The New York Jets face a tough task traveling to Minnesota to face the Vikings. The Jets find themselves as the underdogs against the Vikings in the Week 13 betting odds.
As the NFL shifts to its cold December slate of games, playoff races throughout the league are heating up. The New York Jets find themselves in a dogfight for AFC playoff positioning, currently holding the seventh and final postseason Wild Card. The Minnesota Vikings, meanwhile, hold full control over the NFC North division and hope to make a run at the conference’s top seed. The Jets and Vikings see the betting odds for this one favor the home team.
The Jets (7-4, 7-4 ATS) scored a dominant win last Sunday, topping the Justin Fields-less Chicago Bears 31-10 at home. Gang Green made a change at quarterback heading into this contest, and Mike White rewarded them with 310 yards passing and three touchdowns. Even Elijah Moore got in the endzone. But the Jets didn’t come out of that game unscathed. New York saw running back Michael Carter sidelined to an ankle injury.
Here’s a look at the best betting odds ahead of this matchup between the Jets and Vikings on Sunday.
Best Betting Odds for Jets at Vikings
The opening lines for this contest backed the Vikings by three points, the standard for home teams at most sportsbooks. The line has held steady there throughout the week. The Jets have been at their best on the road this season, going 4-1 outright thus far. New York’s also been profitable playing as an underdog, having covered the spread in five of their nine games getting points this season.
Many bettors hope the Jets build on those successes. According to BetMGM, the Jets-Vikings game hold the most Over tickets at the sportsbook for Week 13.
NFL Week 13 Preview: New York Jets at Minnesota Vikings
The Jets face one of their most difficult tasks of the season when they travel to Minnesota for this one. The Vikings (9-2, 5-5-1 ATS) hold a huge lead in the NFC North and topped the Patriots on Thanksgiving, thus the Week 13 opening lines favoring them. Minnesota will have the rest advantage and home field advantage in this one. The Vikings are 3-0 against AFC East opponents this season, having already defeated Miami and Buffalo on the road, and New England at home.
New York made a necessary move at signal caller last week, handing the reins to Mike White. The second-year quarterback threw for over 300 yards and three scores to lead Gang Green to victory. White spread the ball around to 10 different receivers, and he’s in a favorable position this week, as the Vikings surrender the third-most passing yards-per-game (277.5) at home so far this season.
The Jets will need to get after Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins, who’s been sacked 28 times this season, to keep this one competitive. The most compelling in-game matchup here will pit Justin Jefferson against Sauce Gardner. Jefferson’s second in the NFL in receiving yards (1,232) and third in receptions (81).
This game remains important for the Jets in their push toward the playoffs. There’s a chance New York’s Week 14 game against the Buffalo Bills could be for control of the AFC East.
Betting Trends Affect Jets, Vikings Odds
Several betting trends affect the odds in this matchup between the Jets and Vikings. Although these two teams don’t play very often, the favorites have found most success of late, going 4-1 against the spread in the last five matchups.
New York enters 4-1 against the spread in its last five road games, and 4-1 in its last five against teams with winning records. Minnesota’s 4-1-1 against the spread in their last six games overall and 6-2 against the spread in their last eight home games versus teams with winning records.
The Under has hit in five of the Jets’ last six games and 4-0 in their last four games following an outright win. That said, the Over is 4-0 in Minnesota’s last four home games against a team with a winning road record. The Under is 5-2 in New York’s last seven games on turf, while the Over is 9-2 in the Vikings’ last 11 games on turf.