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The Detroit Lions and the New York Jets will clash from East Rutherford on Sunday afternoon for what is a highly anticipated matchup. Can Zach Wilson get the Jets back to their winning ways? Matt McCuen breaks it down.

New York Jets vs. Detroit Lions Prediction, Pick, Odds: Can Zach Wilson Get the Jets Back to Winning Ways?

The Detroit Lions and the New York Jets will clash from East Rutherford on Sunday afternoon for what is a highly anticipated matchup. Before the season, if you told people that this would be a pivotal game in December, a lot of people would laugh at you and call you crazy. Neither one of these teams were slated to be playoff teams this year, but now in late December, both have a lot to play for. Let's get into my prediction, pick, and odds for this matchup.

Jets vs. Lions Start Time, Where to Watch, and Odds

  • Date: Sunday, December 18
  • Time: 1:00 pm ET
  • Where to Watch: CBS

Jets vs. Lions Odds

Spread: Lions +1.5 (-106), Jets -1.5 (-107)

Total: Over 43.5 (-110), Under 43.5 (-109)

Moneyline: Lions (+110), Jets (-120)

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New York Jets vs. Detroit Lions Prediction

The Lions have been red hot as of late after getting off to a poor start this season. Detroit has won five of their last six games, which puts them at 6-7 overall on the year. With a road win today, they will be back at the .500 mark for the first time since week two.

Detroit has been led by former number-one pick Jared Goff. Goff has quietly had a monster season leading this Lion's offense to be the fifth-best offense in football. Goff has a lot of solid weapons around him, and the offensive line has played better than expected.

The Jets, on the flip side of things, enter play, losing two games in a row and 7-6 overall on the year. They are tied for the final wildcard spot, and they need to take care of business in these kinds of games if they want to be a playoff team. The real storyline of this game is the return of Zach Wilson. Wilson, a former number two overall pick, has been disappointing, to say the least, as a starter for the Jets.

New York benched Wilson three weeks ago, and Mike White took over for the Jets. It appeared players on the team were heavily in support of White and not so much Wilson. It will be interesting to see how Wilson responds in the most important game of the Jets season. 

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I am going to trust Wilson and the Jets today. I know. A lot of people are not jumping out of their chairs to bet on Zach Wilson, but this is all about the spot. The Lions are due for some regression, and in a cold weather spot, I love the home team here. I think that this Jets defense really steps up and is the X factor today.

Lastly, I do believe that Zach Wilson will have a good game. Detroit is one of the worst defenses in football, and despite his struggles at times this year, I think he plays with a chip on his shoulder today. Let’s stay hot in the NFL and cash in! 

New York Jets vs. Detroit Lions Pick

Pick: New York Jets ML (-120) Bet $100 to collect $183 DraftKings has the best odds, click here to bet

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Matt McCuen is a native of Delco, PA. He has been working in the sports gambling industry and creating content for the last few years. He is an expert in numerous different sports, including the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, and collegiate sports. You can follow Matt on Twitter at @DeadPresPicks.


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