New York sees its playoff hopes on life support at this point of the season, needing a win in Seattle to stay alive. Surprisingly, the Jets enter as road favorites over the Seahawks in the betting odds.
With Week 17 upon the NFL, playoff races throughout the league hit their stretch run. For New York, hopes of a playoff run have faded following a solid start to the season. An ill-timed four-game losing skid pushed Gang Green from the bracket, but the Jets still find themselves as road favorites against the Seahawks in the betting odds this week.
The New York Jets (7-8, 8-7 ATS) dropped a difficult game in inclement weather last Thursday, falling 19-3 to the Jacksonville Jaguars. That contest put their playoff hopes on life support, but there’s still a path for Gang Green to make the postseason for the first time since 2010. Paramount in any postseason scenario for New York is winning its final two games this season, including this one in the Pacific Northwest.
The Seattle Seahawks (7-8, 6-9 ATS) find themselves in an unlikely playoff race of their own heading into Week 17. The Seahawks need to win this game as well, and get some help of their own in order to make the field on the NFC’s side.
Here’s a look at the best betting odds for this pivotal late-season matchup between the Jets and Seahawks in Seattle on Sunday.
Best Betting Odds for New York Jets at Seattle Seahawks
The opening lines for this contest set the Jets as 1.0-point underdogs at first, but news of a Mike White return at quarterback for New York pushed the spread in their favor since then. Some books had this as a pick’em earlier in the week, but the Seahawks are now underdogs in Seattle. It’s notable that home underdogs enjoy a 56.5 percent cover rate (52-40-3) so far this season.
The point total for this contest started at 43.5 almost across the board, but it’s ticked down since then. The Jets only allow 18 points-per-game on the road, and Seattle features one of the league’s top Red Zone defenses, which should but points on a premium in this one.
NFL Week 17 Preview: New York Jets at Seattle Seahawks
The Jets enter Week 17 as a surprise favorite over the Seahawks in the betting odds. New York’s lost five of their last six games outright, though Seattle can say the same thing. Despite these late season swoons, both squads see a path to the playoffs, albeit a tight one.
New York’s offense face-planted last week, gaining just 227 total yards at home against the Jaguars. Zach Wilson’s time in the Big Apple may have come to an end as the former No. 2 overall pick was replaced last week by Chris Streveler. Thankfully for the Jets, Mike White could be in line to start in Seattle for the Jets after being cleared by doctors.
Regardless of who’s under center for New York, they’ll face a Seahawks defense that allows 168.6 rushing yards-per-game at home this season. That said, Seattle ranks seventh in the league in Red Zone defense, allowing touchdowns on just 43.5 percent of trips inside the 20.
The Jets will see a familiar face at quarterback in Seattle, as Geno Smith’s enjoying a career resurgence for the Seahawks after a three-year stint in New York with the Jets.
Betting Trends Affect Jets, Seahawks Odds
Several betting trends affect the odds in this matchup between the Jets and the Seahawks in Seattle on Sunday. While these teams don’t face each other very often, the Seahawks have covered in each of the last four meetings.
The favorite holds a 5-1 against the spread advantage in the last six games in this series. The home team also holds a 5-1 ATS mark. The Jets have struggled to cover against teams with a losing record of late, going 8-17 against the spread.
New York’s seen the Under hit in eight of their last 10 games overall, while the Seahawks have seen the Over hit in each of their last five home games against teams with a losing record. Four of the last six meetings between these clubs have also hit the Under.