Thursday Night Football Betting Preview Jets vs. Bills – September 15, 2016
Matchup: New York Jets (0-1) vs. Buffalo Bills (0-1)
When: 8:25 PM ET, Thursday, September 15, 2016
Where: Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park, New York
Odds: Jets PK / Bills PK
Both the Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets will be looking to bounce back from defeats in the season premiere as the teams clash in an AFC East divisional battle here in Week 2.
The Jets opened as a 3-point underdog but the teams enter Thursday at a pick’em, with 59 percent of the money so far coming in on the visitors. The total opened at 42 but is now at 40, not all that surprising considering particularly Buffalo’s lackluster performance on the ball in its season opener.
The Bills struggled mightily on offense in week one when they found themselves on the losing side of a low-scoring game against the Ravens. Buffalo also failed to cover the spread as they finished a 13-7 loser after closing as a three-point underdog. Tyrod Taylor connected on 15-of-22 passes for just 111 yards in the game and LeSean McCoy couldn’t get anything going on the ground and the team was held to just 160 yards overall.
The Bills are however 7-1 ATS in their last eight games after accumulating less than 250 total yards in their previous game and the over 5-1 in their last six games after accumulating less than 150 yards passing in their previous game.
The Jets suffered a heartbreaking loss as a small home favorite against the Cincinnati Bengals to a last minute field goal. Their secondary looked suspicious as they allowed Andrew Dalton to throw for 366 yards (although they had seven sacks) while their own QB Ryan Fitzpatrick was 19-of-35 for just a total of 189 yards. The Jets are generally slow starters and just 2-6-1 ATS in their last nine games in September, but they’re 5-1-1 ATS in their last seven games in Week 2.
The last time the teams faced each other was on January 3 when the Bills posted a 22-17 victory over the Jets as a 2.5-point underdog and the Bills had also won by the same scoreline at New York less than two months earlier, also as a 2.5-point dog.