- The New York Jets will host the New England Patriots on Monday Night Football in Week 9.
- MNF Picks Record: 1-2 ATS; 2-3 O/U; -2.5 Units
- Read below for a betting preview and our favorite pick for this contest
The winless New York Jets will host the New England Patriots on Monday Night Football in Week 9. The game will take place on Monday, November 9th at 8:20 PM ET when the Patriots visit MetLife Stadium. While the Jets have yet to win a game this season, the Patriots aren’t much better. They’re a two-win squad that enters on a four-game losing streak.
Looking at the side and total for this matchup, what’s the best bet for this contest?
Patriots vs Jets Odds
|New England Patriots||-670||-9.5 (-114)||Over 40.5 (-115)|
|New York Jets||+490||+9.5 (-106)||Under 40.5 (-105)|
All odds as of November 7th at FanDuel.
Jets Barely Competitive
There are some bad teams in the NFL who have disappointing records due to blown leads or bad luck. For the Jets, their record accurately depicts the state of the franchise as at 0-8, they haven’t been competitive this season. They’re fresh off a 35-9 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, which marked the third time in the last four weeks that they’ve lost by 20 or more.
Jets’ head coach Adam Gase said QB Sam Darnold won’t practice today and is doubtful to play Monday against the Patriots.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 7, 2020
Compounding their problems for Monday’s affair is that quarterback Sam Darnold looks like he’ll miss the game. He’s doubtful with a shoulder injury and if he can’t play, Joe Flacco would be under center. Flacco has made two starts this season, completing just 51.9% of his passes for 198.5 yards per game. His paltry 41.6 QBR foreshadows a rough night for the offense.
Patriots Have Lost Four Straight
For the first time since 2002, the Patriots are riding a four-game losing streak. Clearly, moving on from Tom Brady hasn’t been the right decision for this team as they have struggled mightily on offense. The Patriots have a total of 49 points scored over their last four contests, which boils down to just 12.3 points per game.
Cam Newton fumbles ?
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) November 1, 2020
Not much is working for this unit as they can’t score points, they can’t sustain drives and they’re putting their defense in bad position. The Pats are just 23rd in third-down conversions and are 30th in pass offense. The running game actually ranks third in the NFL but most of that is Cam Newton. He leads the team with 298 rushing yards.
The good news for the Patriots is that as bad as they’ve been, this Monday Night Football matchup looks like a softball. This figures to be a great opportunity for them to get back in the win column.
What’s The Best Bet?
The value has been sucked out of this line but the Patriots have to be the bet here. The Jets just look like a team that’s pulse-less and now they’re in an even tougher spot with Flacco under center. This team is just counting the days until head coach Adam Gase is fired.
“You can’t afford to lose focus for even a second in the NFL, you never know what can happen”
Teams playing the New York Jets: pic.twitter.com/L1pcfgOG0K
— NFL Memes (@NFL_Memes) November 3, 2020
The challenge here is that the Patriots are a run-oriented team and if there’s one thing the Jets do somewhat well, it’s stop the run. They are giving up 4.1 yards per carry this season, which is 10th-best. They are much more vulnerable against the pass where they are ranked 29th.
Look for the under to hit in this game as we have two shaky offenses and two defenses that probably won’t be too overmatched. It won’t be an entertaining affair as these teams should end up with a final score that reflects a low-scoring game.
Prediction: Under 40.5 (-105)