New York Jets vs. New England Patriots Week 2 Predictions: Against the Spread, Total, and Props
Both the New York Jets and the New England Patriots are coming off losses in Week 1. For the Jets, it was a road loss to an NFC opponent, which in the grand scheme of things isn’t a huge deal but in a game where you only allow 19 points, you’d probably like to come away with a win.
As for New England, they’re coming off a tough divisional loss to the Miami Dolphins on their home field. Mac Jones looked good in his debut, but at the end of the day, a couple of fumbles were the difference for them in Week 1.
With two rookie quarterbacks going head to head this week, who gets the edge? Will it be Mac Jones and the Pats on the road, or will Zach Wilson get the job done at home?
New England Patriots Preview
It’s rare to see a Bill Belicheck team make so many mental mistakes. They lost two fumbles on the ground including a back-breaker from Damien Harris late in the game. As for the rookie Mac Jones, you can’t ask for too much more.
In his first game, he was 29 of 39 for 281 yards, one passing touchdown, and a 102.6 rating. New England didn’t ask him to do too much but he played mistake-free football which is exactly what New England needs from him again this week.
As for the defense, they did their job. They allowed just 17 points, created a turnover, held all Miami to 202 yards through the air and just 74 on the ground. This week, they’ll need their defense to get after the QB to have success.
New York Jets Preview
In the first half on Sunday, the Jets’ offense was downright putrid. They were shut out and looked dead as they trailed 16-0 heading into the locker room. Zach Wilson, despite getting sacked six times, played well in the second half and ended up having a pretty decent day all things considered.
He finished 20 of 37 for 258 yards, two passing touchdowns, one interception, and an 82.9 rating. To his credit, he made some big-time throws while taking a beating from the Panthers pass rush.
The issue though is the Jets will be without Mekhi Becton for the foreseeable future after he dislocated his knee cap. Will the Jets be able to protect their young signal-caller with their best offensive lineman on the shelf?
New England Patriots vs. New York Jets Betting Preview
Since the start of last year, New England is just 4-5 after a loss and 0-3 against the spread as a road favorite. The six-point spread seems kind of high for a team who scored just 16 points last week and that finished with a 7-9 record last season.
On the Jets side, they’re 4-3 as home underdogs since the start of last season. It’s a new coaching staff and QB this year for New York, but you could probably make the case that it would make them more competitive than they would’ve been in years past.
I’m not sure if they win the game outright, but the six-point number seems too high for me. Also, with the under at 42.5, I’d consider a play on that too. Since 2020, New England is third in the NFL in hitting the under at 70.6 percent while the Jets are sixth hitting that number 58.8 percent of the time.
Expect a low-scoring, close game between these two teams on Sunday.
New England Patriots vs New York Jets Picks