New York Jets vs. Buffalo Bills Odds on Thursday Night Football, 2nd November

Eye of the Beholder: Bills vs. Jets online NFL betting

October 30, 2017 NFL Football, Sportsbook

The New York Jets, who are preparing to host the Buffalo Bills for some Thursday night online NFL betting action, and their 2017 season are, like beauty, in the eye of the beholder. The Jets are, depending on whom you ask, either spiraling down or surprisingly alive. All things considered, the Jets could be doing a lot worse just as easily as they could be doing a lot better, so perhaps they are a case of what Horace called aurea mediocritas.

Bills -3 (-119) 42 (-110)

Jets +3 (-101) 42 (-110)

I’m kickin’ in the rain, I’m just kickin’ in the rain

The Jets lost, to the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, a third straight game, and it would seem as if they patterned that losing streak using the Falcons’ own blueprint (no wonder running back Matt Forte criticized offensive coordinator John Morton’s game plan of having Josh McCown throw a slippery ball instead or running it). They led 14-0 in the second quarter against the Patriots at home two weeks ago and lost 24-17; led by 14 points in the fourth quarter in Miami last week and lost 31-28; and led 17-16 entering the fourth quarter versus the Falcons on Sunday’s 25-20 loss, which included two missed Chandler ‘Bing’ Catanzaro field goals in the rain, and then, to add insult to injury, he was burned by the man who lost the job to Catanzaro.

The Jets have been, however, effective when it comes to the spread, covering in five of their last six games, and even the game against the Dolphins was a push. Having said that, the Jets both lost and failed to cover the online NFL betting spread in their season opener against the Bills.

The real LeSean

The Bills have enjoyed, since returning from their bye, back-to-back wins, and a lot of that success has to with the resurgence of running back LeSean Jackson, who had 91 yards on 23 carries with two TDs in the 30-27 over the Bucs, and 151 yards on 27 carries with one TD in Sunday’s 34-14 routing of the Raiders, against whom they managed, for the first time since week 4, to cover the spread. The Bills are 1-4 ATS in their last five against divisional foes, 1-3-1 ATS in their last five games in November and 5-1-1 ATS in their last seven overall, while the Jets are 5-0 ATS in their last five home games, 3-1-1 ATS in their last five playing AFC East opponents, and 5-0-1 ATS in their last six overall. Buffalo is, additionally, 6-2 ATS in their last eight meetings with the Jets, the home team is 8-3 ATS in their last 11 encounters between the two teams, and the underdog is 4-1 ATS in their last five games. Jets cornerback Morris Claiborne called this a must-win game, but there’s no reason it couldn’t be a win/win situation, with the Bills getting the straight-up win and the Jets picking up the against the online NFL betting spread win.

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