New York Jets at Los Angeles Rams Betting Preview

Sunday, December 20, 2020, SoFi Stadium, Inglewood, California, 4:05 p.m. ET

Jets at Rams Betting Preview: Jets (+17.5/-114), Rams (+17.5/-106)

New York Jets

A second consecutive game on the West Coast could be even more challenging than the first for the 0-13 Jets, who were pummeled 40-3 by the Seahawks last weekend. The Seahawks entered with the worst passing defense in the NFL but quarterback Sam Darnold had just 132 yards in the air and no touchdowns.

Darnold returns home, where he was a star at Southern California, but with the Jets closing in on the top overall draft pick, his days as a starter in New York appear numbered.

After Sunday’s meeting with the Rams, the Jets return home to face the Browns before ending the season at New England, giving them three chances to avoid the NFL’s latest 0-16 season since the Browns in 2017. 

Los Angeles Rams

The Rams have hit the win-and-you’re-in portion of the schedule. A victory over the Jets gets the Rams (9-4) back into the playoffs after they failed to advance last year following a Super Bowl run after the 2018 regular season.

The Rams’ defensive credentials continue to sparkle. They held the Patriots to three points in a victory last week and enter Week 15 leading the NFL in total yards allowed per game (285.8) and passing yards per game (191.7). The group also is third in both points allowed (18.9) and total sacks (42).

Running back Cam Akers enters off a 171-yard rushing performance against the Patriots, the highest from a Rams rookie since Jerome Bettis ran for 212 in a 1993 game.

Jets at Rams Betting Pick for Week 15

Rams quarterback Jared Goff is much improved after a three-turnover stinker during a Week 12 loss to the 49ers but could still use some fine-tuning in advance of a Week 16 showdown against the Seahawks. L.A. would rather show as little creativity as necessary in advance of next week’s trip to Seattle.

Even when they are playing well, the Rams lack the ability to run away and hide from opponents. The Jets will have to take advantage when the Los Angeles offense goes into its regular mid-game lulls. 

Jets at Rams Betting Pick:

Rams 28, Jets 13

Jets at Rams Best Bet for Week 15

The Rams figure to have an easy time with the Jets but they have shown they lack a killer instinct. Look for the Rams to get off to their usual hot start, lean on their defense and punting game midway through before taking control early enough to get some players a late-game rest in advance of their division showdown against the Seahawks next Sunday.

Jets at Rams Best Bet: JETS +17.5 (-114)

New York Jets at Seattle Seahawks Betting Preview

Sunday, December 13, 2020, Lumen Field, Seattle, Washington, 4:05 p.m. ET

Jets at Seahawks Betting Preview: Jets (+13.5/-110), Seahawks (-13.5/-110)

New York Jets

The Jets (0-12) are four losses away from joining the 2008 Cleveland Browns and 2017 Detroit Lions as the NFL’s only 0-16 teams. They’ve tied a franchise record with 12 straight losses, set in 1995-96 under coach Rich Kotite.

Last Sunday’s 31-28 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders was the most painful, allowing a 46-yard TD pass with five seconds left. It was a defeat that cost defensive coordinator Gregg Williams his job.

Sam Darnold threw his first two touchdown passes since Week 3 and Ty Johnson took over after veteran Frank Gore suffered a concussion and rushed for a career-high 104 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries.

Seattle Seahawks

The Seahawks (8-4) were supposed to be in the soft portion of their schedule, but dropped a 17-12 decision to the New York Giants last Sunday, their first home loss of the season. That dropped them into a tie with the Los Angeles Rams for first place in the NFC West.

Seattle’s defense is no longer the worst in the league, but the offense has struggled over the past month, failing to gain more than 350 total yards in the past four games. Quarterback Russell Wilson was under constant pressure last week, hit 10 times and sacked five — with four of those four for losses of eight yards or more. Wilson was 27 of 43 with a touchdown, an interception and a lost fumble.

Starting right tackle Brandon Shell could return after missing the past two games with an ankle sprain, which would help protect Wilson.

Jets at Seahawks Betting Pick for Week 14

This game should’ve been about Seahawks safety Jamal Adams facing his old team in the Jets, but Seattle’s upset loss last weekend and the way New York blew its late lead has altered the narrative. Adams leads all NFL defensive backs with 7.5 sacks and should get reacquainted with Darnold.

Seattle tends to play to the level of its opponents, as only two of its victories have been by more than eight points. The Seahawks are 6-6 against the spread this season, while the Jets are 4-8.

Jets at Seahawks Betting Pick:

Seahawks 24, Jets 16

Jets at Seahawks Best Bet for Week 14

The Seahawks’ much-maligned defense has allowed just 17 points in each of the past two games, while their offense has reached 27 points only once during their past four games after doing so in each of their first eight games of the season. The Jets are averaging a league-low 15.0 points per game.

Jets at Seahawks Best Bet: UNDER 46.5 total points

OddsUSA’s NFL Best Picks for Week 13

Greetings NFL fans. Here’s hoping you and your families had a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Last week, we had a couple of interesting events unfold. First, all of the quarterbacks for the Denver Broncos were out of the mix due to COVID-19 protocol. Second, after hanging tough with the Kansas City Chiefs, the Las Vegas Raiders were blown out by the Atlanta Falcons to the tune of 43-6.

And last, but certainly not least, I predicted wins for the Green Bay Packers, Seattle Seahawks, and the Kansas City Chiefs. And for the first time in several weeks, I was correct on each of those selections, giving me a 3-0 week.

As a result, my overall record improved to 28-7 on the season. While it was nice to finally hit on each of those picks, Week 12 is in the books now and it is time to look ahead to the upcoming slate of games. Having said that, here’s a look at my top outright picks for Week 13.

Week 13 NFL Best Bet No. 3:

Cleveland Browns at Tennessee Titans (-4)

If you’ve been following my column at any point during the season, my first pick usually involves a matchup that could go either way, and that is certainly the case here. Both teams are coming off wins in Week 12. The Browns narrowly edged the Jacksonville Jaguars by a 27-25 margin. Meanwhile, the Titans defeated the Indianapolis Colts 45-26. Additionally, both of these teams have posted three wins in their last four contests. While both teams have a formidable running game, the Titans are a bit more balanced from an offensive standpoint and that will help them to come away with a win in what should be a very competitive game between a pair of teams with an identical 8-3 record.

James’ pick: Titans win in a close one

Week 13 NFL Best Bet No. 2:

Las Vegas Raiders (-7.5) at New York Jets

Sure, the Raiders have dropped their last two games. Sure, the Raiders are coming off one of their poorest showings of the season against the Falcons. On the flip side of the coin, though, the Jets have yet to win a game this season. Yes, the jury is still out on how good the Raiders are. At the same time, this is the winless Jets we’re talking about here. On the heels of two straight losses, and their playoff hopes starting to look a bit dim, look for the Raiders to bounce back in a big way here.

James’ pick: Raiders get back into the win column

James’ NFL Best Bet of Week 13:

Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs (-13.5)

There is a reason why the defending champs have been one of my best bets several times during the season and that trend will continue in Week 13. On one side of this matchup, the Broncos are 4-7 and have dropped three of their last four contests. On the flip side of the equation, the defending champs have reeled off six straight victories since suffering a 40-32 loss against the Raiders in Week 5. Not only that, but the Chiefs’ aerial attack is rounding into form, and just at the right time. In fact, Patrick Mahomes has posted four consecutive games in which he has thrown for at least 350 yards. This includes a season-best 462-yard performance against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week. Simply put, the Chiefs are one of the hottest teams in the league right now and they will win this one going away. It would be a surprise if the Chiefs didn’t win this one by at least 10 points.

James’ pick: Chiefs win outright and by at least 10 points

The Best NFL Under Bets for Week 11: Keep Hammering the Jets

If you look around the internet, you will find article after article begging people to take the over. It is understandable why so many people hate under bets; it is one of the only bets you can lose well before the game is over. Plus, it preys on the anxieties of bettors as you just hope and pray for defensive stop after defensive stop, but not the type of stops that produce points.

For some bettors, the NFL under bet is a painful, anxiety laden play that is best to stay away from. But some people like that kind of thing. Me? I proudly admit I am one of those rare few who revel in the chaos of the NFL under bet, but I enjoy NFL under bets against teams, not the games themselves.

And, of course, as a purely statistical argument, there is one more reason NFL over and NFL under bets are so popular; half the time, the under works all the time. Here are your best NFL under bets for Week 11.

The Jets Are a Disgrace; Hammer Their NFL Under Every Week

The last time we saw the Jets, they were Jetsing their way to a come-from-in-front-defeat at the hands of the New England Patriots. The Jets lost their Week 9 game, 30-27, in a contest they absolutely should not have lost. The most impressive stat? Those 27 points, which were the most points they had scored in five weeks since their 37-28 loss in Denver.

Those two games account for all games this season in which the Jets have scored 20+ points. In fact, the Jets have failed to score double digits in three of their nine games and have failed to reach 18 points in seven of their nine tilts. And what is the Jets’ NFL under bet at Unibet right now? A beautiful and luscious 17.5 (-114). That’s the good type of under bet that warms you up faster than cider right out of the pot.

Why King Henry’s Offense is the Titans’ Best Defense

Most of the time when people examine possible under bets, they like to look at defense vs. offense. That makes an abundance of sense. If you are trying to bet against one team’s offense, the most important factor would be, “how does this defense stack up against them?” That is usually the most important math when discussing unders.

Then there are games where you bet the under because you know it is going to be a ground control contest and there won’t be enough time to put the points up on the board. The Week 11 game between the Tennessee Titans and the Baltimore Ravens is one of those affairs.

In last year’s Divisional Round game against the Ravens, Derrick Henry ran the ball 30 times for 195 yards while also throwing a touchdown (yup, he dominated). The Ravens had no answers for anything the Titans did: no answers for Henry on the ground, Ryan Tannehill through the air, and no answer for Mike Vrabel’s defense, which forced Lamar Jackson into three turnovers (two interceptions and one fumble).

Will the Ravens Have Enough Time to Score 28 Points?

In this week’s matchup, the sportsbooks have posted a juicy plus line (+102) for the Ravens to score under 27.5. When you look at the playoff game last year (28-12), that is the type of line that should whet your appetite for the NFL under bet.

Even if you are the type of person who does not like looking at past matchups from previous seasons, the tale of the tape still favors the Titans to put the clamps down on the Ravens. All you have to do is go back to last week where the New England Patriots—fresh off allowing 27 points to the Jets—kept the Ravens to just 17 points (granted, in a monsoon).

They did so with a dominant run game that bruised the undermanned Ravens squad for 4.4 yards per rush and that clip was only “low” thanks to numerous quarterback sneaks from Newton who carried it 10 times for 21 yards. All in all, Damien Harris rushed for 5.5 yards a tote and Rex Burkhead collected 5.2 yards a rush.  

So, in a season where the Patriots defense has had some issues, they kept the Ravens off the board by smashing them to bits on the ground. The 17 points scored by the Ravens marked the fifth time in nine games where the Ravens failed to hit 28 points.

And the Patriots accomplished that with guys named Harris and Burkhead, not King Henry. As for the Titans, their defense might be the downfall as they have held opponents to 28 points or fewer just four times this year. However, the Ravens will go under not because of the Titans defense, but because of their offense. Book it.