The New York Jets travel to Pittsburgh as underdogs in the betting odds for their NFL Week 4 matchup with the Steelers.
The New York Jets travel to Pittsburgh to face a rebuilding Steelers team and both squads are looking to bounce back from tough losses in Week 3. The Jets come to this contest as underdogs in the betting odds despite both teams sitting at 1-2. New York also sports a 1-2 mark against the spread, while Pittsburgh enters 1-1-1.
There’s an expectation that Zach Wilson will take over as quarterback for this contest after his preseason knee injury has mostly healed. New York’s offense floundered under Joe Flacco through the first three weeks, so the Jets hope the former second overall draft pick can inject some new life into the stagnant unit.
Here’s a look at the best betting odds for this NFL Week 4 matchup between the Jets and Steelers.
Best Betting Odds for Jets at Steelers
The look-ahead line for this ballgame listed the Steelers as 3.5-point favorites at most sportsbooks over the summer. Action pushed that figure to 4.0 in favor of Pittsburgh for a time, but a returning Zach Wilson seems to have swung the half-point back towards the Jets. The Steelers are favored for the first time this season, and come to this one with a significant rest advantage, having played on Thursday Night Football last week.
The total for this game opened between 41.5 and 42.5 across the board, but has since come down to 40.5. These two teams have combined to score more than 41.5 points just once in their last five meetings. It’s currently tied for the second-lowest total of the week at most sportsbooks.
NFL Week 4 Preview: New York Jets at Pittsburgh Steelers
Jets head coach Robert Saleh said the team expects Zach Wilson to be cleared to play Sunday after missing the first three weeks of the season due to a preseason knee injury. Although Joe Flacco has put up respectable prop numbers, throwing for 30 yards-per-game and five touchdowns, the offense has floundered and Flacco’s turned the ball over too often.
The Jets have had their moments at times this season, but the reality is, this team is a Browns’ meltdown away from 0-3. The struggling run game forced Flacco into 50-plus pass attempts once again, but it’s hard to expect Wilson to do such a thing in his season debut. The Jets ground game is averaging just 84 rushing-yards-per-game, seventh-fewest in the league thus far.
Despite calls for rookie Kenny Pickett to take over, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin opted to stick with Mitchell Trubisky as his starting quarterback. While Pittsburgh’s offense has also underwhelmed this season, the feature a pair of playmakers in Najee Harris and Diontae Johnson. Rookie receiver George Pickens has impressed as well. They’ll face a Jets defense allowing 27 points-per-game, sixth-most in the league.
Both of these offenses check in among the bottom-half of the NFL in scoring. They combine to average 35.3 points-per-game, which is nearly a touchdown below the total at most sportsbooks. These teams have combined to average 30.9 points-per-game over their last 14 matchups.
Betting Trends Affect Jets, Steelers Odds
Several betting trends affect the odds for this game between the Jets and Steelers. New York has managed just a 3-13 record on the road over their last 16 away games. And last season, the Jets covered just once in six tries as 3.5-point or more underdogs.
The Steelers come to this contest 12-3-1 against the spread in their last 16 October games, and 13-6 against the spread in their last 19 versus the Jets specifically. Pittsburgh has dominated the Jets at home over the last several years, going 10-1 straight up in the last 11 home games.
The Under has hit in each of the last five matchups between these clubs and in eight of the last 11 games for the Jets versus AFC North opponents. The Steelers have seen the Under hit in each of their last five games in Pittsburgh.