New York Jets Betting: 2018 Season in Review & Highlights
This season definitely had more frustration attached to it than anything positive. But thanks to Sam Darnold, the Jets’ future should be much brighter than their long-suffering past.
This year was all about Darnold playing well after coming back from a foot injury in the final month of the season. Despite finishing 4-12 the Jets have stability at the QB position for the first time in a long time.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t all about the quarterback this year for NFL betting fans, as the team struggled to cover games. Their record ATS wasn’t much better than the actual record on the field. The Jets finished just 5-10-1 against the spread all season.
If not for that push they had in a losing effort against the Texans, they would be tied for dead last in the NFL. Instead they find themselves just above both San Francisco and Atlanta.
The defense was culpable throughout the year, as the team had a -6.8 margin of victory. In some cases, like their first matchup against Buffalo (41-10), getting blown out of stadiums. Either way you cut it, the Jets were simply a bad bet all year.
2018 NY Jets Betting Trends
If you want to find a positive in this haystack of awful football, there’s December 9 in Buffalo. The first time these two teams played both had their backup QBs in, and it showed on the Jets side. This time both rookie starters were healthy, and Darnold got the better of the matchup.
The Jets entered the game as a 4.5-point road dog, and easily covered, winning outright 27-23. The win also ended a six-game losing streak, giving the team their only victory in the final two months of the season.
There weren’t many to choose from in 2018 that would really be defined as wild, seeing how they only covered five games. They did however escape Tennessee with a road cover despite not winning the game. The Titans took it 26-22, but it was their inability to cover the 9.5-point spread that was shocking.
The Jets were down to their backup QB Josh McCown and coming off back to back blowout losses. The Jets were actually up by 16 at one point, but couldn’t hold off Marcus Mariota, losing in the final seconds.
The loss continued to impact this team moving forward, but it was a tremendous accomplishment for the Jets to cover that spread. It was one of the biggest lines that week, and the Titans were relatively healthy at key positions.
Doesn’t get much worse than watching a backup QB on the other team come into your home field and have his way. Matt Leinart marched into north Jersey and led his Bills to a stomping of the Jets, in front of whatever fans they had remaining.
McCown looked like a backup, while Leinart looked like a 10-year NFL starter commanding the offense. LeSean McCoy ripped up the Jets D for 113 yards and 2 TDs.
This was embarrassing on multiple levels. Leinart starting for Buffalo was enough reason alone to ride the Jets -7 let alone them being at home. McCown wasn’t fresh off the bench, as he was playing for an injured Darnold.
The worst part of this loss might have been how inept the Jets looked. They were lifeless at times giving up scores immediately in the first quarter. Their offense mustered just one long drive resulting in a TD. The Bills dominated the Jets WRs, holding everyone under 40 yards.
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