Monday, November 9, 2020, MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey, 8:15 p.m. ET
Patriots at Jets Betting Preview: Patriots (-7.5/-105), Jets (+7.5/-115)
New England Patriots
The Patriots (2-5) have lost four in a row for the first time since 2002. Incredibly, there had been 284 skids of at least four games in the NFL since the start of the 2003 season, and New England was the only team without a single one, according to ESPN Stats & Info.
New England fell 24-21 at Buffalo last Sunday when Cam Newton coughed up a fumble in field-goal range with 31 seconds remaining. In his past three starts, Newton has zero touchdown passes, five interceptions and three fumbles.
Damien Harris rushed for 102 yards and a touchdown against the Bills, his second 100-yard game during the losing streak. Newton completed only 15 passes in windy, wintry conditions. The’ Patriots defense, which held the Bills to 339 total yards (149 through the air), ranks 12th in the NFL in scoring defense (23.9 points per game) and 14th in total defense (357.3 yards per game).
New York Jets
The NFL’s only winless team, the Jets (0-8) managed only three Sergio Castillo field goals, 13 first downs and 221 total yards last Sunday in a 35-9 loss to the reigning Super Bowl champion Chiefs. Sam Darnold, who is battling a shoulder injury, passed for 133 yards at Kansas City and has not thrown for more than 230 in a game this season.
The Jets have scored one touchdown in their past 13 quarters and have tallied just 94 points this season, by far the lowest total in the league. They are last in the NFL in total offense, passing and third-down success.
The New York defense allowed a season-high-tying 496 yards to the Chiefs, with Patrick Mahomes throwing for 416 yards and five scores. The Jets are yielding 398.9 yards per game, which ranks 26th in the NFL. Their pass defense sits 29th in the league while their run defense is a respectable 13th.
Patriots at Jets Betting Pick Betting Pick for Week 9
The last time Darnold faced the Patriots, which also was on a Monday night, he threw for just 86 yards and was picked off four times in a 33-0 loss on Oct. 21, 2019. Darnold did not practice Thursday, but coach Adam Gase was optimistic that he’d be ready to go Monday. Joe Flacco lost both of his starts in October while leading the Jets to only one touchdown on 25 possessions.
The Patriots rank ninth in the NFL against the pass (216.9 yards per game) but could be without cornerback Stephon Gilmore. The 2019 NFL Defensive Player of the Year didn’t play last Sunday and missed practice Thursday due to a knee injury.
Patriots at Jets Betting Pick:
Patriots 30, Jets 17
Patriots at Jets Best Bet for Week 9
Newton and the New England offense couldn’t ask for a better opportunity to break out of their funk than by having the winless Jets on the runway in prime time. The Patriots have averaged 30.1 points during their current eight-game winning streak in the series. New York will be lucky to reach double digits.
Patriots at Jets Best Bet: OVER 42.5 (-105)