New York looks to keep pace in the playoff race, hoping to stop their two-game losing skid. The Jets host the Lions in Week 15 as a pick ‘em in the betting odds.
As playoff races heat up across the league, a pair of squads looking to end postseason droughts are set to meet at MetLife Stadium on Sunday. New York hopes to stop a two-game losing skid that’s pushed them from a playoff spot. Detroit, meanwhile, looks to maintain momentum for their playoff push. The Jets and Lions see the betting odds as a pick’em for this ballgame.
The New York Jets (7-6, 8-5 ATS) took a tough loss on the road in Buffalo last week, 20-12, despite limiting Josh Allen and the high-powered Bills offense. This loss, and wins by other teams, pushed the Jets out of a Wild Card spot but they can still snap their 11-year playoff drought with wins and some help. They welcome a streaking Detroit Lions team (6-7, 9-4 ATS), one that’s making a push toward the playoffs for the first time in five years.
Here’s a look at the best betting odds for this important Week 15 matchup between the Jets and Lions on Sunday.
Best Betting Odds for New York Jets vs Detroit Lions
The opening lines for this ballgame indicates a potentially close contest. Most sportsbooks set the Lions as 1-point favorites early in the week, but the Jets now stand as either 0.5- or 1-point favorites heading into the weekend. This game is basically a pick’em at this point.
The point total for this contest started between 46.5 and 46 at most sportsbooks, but it’s since been bet down to 44 or 44.5. While the Lions have a high-scoring offense, Detroit averages 15 points-per-game on the road and quarterback Jared Goff has struggled in cold weather games.
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The Jets struggled to deal with Buffalo’s pressure last week, and that resulted in Mike White getting sacked three times, hit seven times and pressured 21 times. He went to the sideline twice before returning to the game. New York’s offense has gone cold at the wrong time of the season (two touchdowns in the past two games), and managed just two trips to the red zone against the Bills.
New York’s defense held the powerful Bills offense to 232 total yards and their special teams blocked a punt for a safety, but the Jets could be without Quinnen Williams this weekend. Williams is tied for the league-lead in sacks among interior defensive linemen (11).
While the Jets enter this contest with the winning record, it’s the Lions that seem like they’re going in the right direction. Detroit’s won five of their last six games, including an impressive 34-23 victory over the Minnesota Vikings, a team that topped the Jets the week prior. The Lions offense has scored 25 points or more in five consecutive games.
Betting Trends Affect Jets, Lions Odds
Several betting trends affect the odds in this matchup between the Jets and Lions. New York comes to this contest on a two-game losing skid for the first time this season. However, the Jets enter 5-0 against the spread in their last five games following an outright loss. The Jets have covered the spread in seven of their last 10 games overall. New York sports a 5-2 mark against the spread in their last seven games against teams with losing records.
The Lions, though, are 8-2 against the spread in their last 10 against winning teams. They have covered the spread in each of their last six games overall. What’s more, Detroit sports a 5-1 ATS mark in their last six road games versus a team with a winning home record.
While these two clubs don’t face each other often, the Over has hit in four of their last five meetings. The Under is 6-2 in New York’s last eight games overall. For Detroit, the Over is 4-1 in their last five games. The Over is 8-1 in the Lions’ last nine games following an ATS win.