Thanks to their first win in over a month last week, the Atlanta Falcons now find themselves in first place in the NFC South. Can they keep that momentum against a New York Jets team that is getting closer and closer to another lost season? Let’s check out this matchup.
Falcons vs. Jets Betting Lines, Start Time, and More
All odds from DraftKings Sportsbook.
- Spread: Falcons -2
- Moneyline: Falcons (-130), Jets (+110)
- Over/Under: 33.5
- Game time: 1:00 p.m. ET
- Location: MetLife Stadium
- Channel: FOX
Falcons vs. Jets Prediction
Atlanta enters this matchup with New York coming off an emotional high, picking up perhaps its biggest win of the season to date in a 24-15 victory over the New Orleans Saints.
But now what will it do with this momentum?
To get a second straight win and return to .500 for the season, the Falcons will need to turn a couple of disturbing trends around. While they are 3-0 against teams in their division, the Falcons are only 2-6 outside of it.
Atlanta is also 1-4 on the road this season and 2-11 away from home over the last two seasons. Desmond Ridder, who returned to the starting quarterback role last week after being benched for two games, is just 1-5 in his career in road starts.
But if Falcons fans think their quarterback situation is disappointing, they should take a look across the field on Sunday. The Jets, who were expecting Aaron Rodgers to lead them to the playoffs, instead will get Tim Boyle under center this week.
Former first-round pick Zach Wilson was benched in favor of Boyle last week and, despite the latter’s struggles (27-for-38 passing for 179 yards, one TD, two INTs, and a 67.8 passer rating), New York will give him another shot.
Both teams will no doubt look to their running games to carry their offenses this week. The Falcons, led by Bijan Robinson (91 rush yards, TD), had a season-high 228 yards rushing in the win over the Saints. Robinson continues a superb rookie season, leading all rookies in yards from scrimmage with 943.
The Jets, meanwhile, have allowed at least 130 rush yards in eight games this season — most in the NFL.
Offensively, the Jets rushed for a season-low 29 yards in the loss to the Miami Dolphins in Week 12, and they may not have their leading rusher for this week’s game (more on that below).
The Falcons could get reserve wide receiver Mack Hollins back on the field after he missed the last two games with an ankle injury. But he was limited in practice all week, so he remains questionable.
The Jets’ biggest injury news may have been the designation of quarterback Aaron Rodgers off of injured reserve, but the injury news that is the most impactful for Sunday centers around the status of running back Breece Hall, who is questionable with a hamstring injury.
The Falcons have the better record, but none of the better trends are working in their favor. Atlanta is 0-8 against the spread vs. teams outside its division, 1-6 vs. the spread as a betting favorite, and 0-4 ATS following a straight-up win.
The Jets have become a train wreck, but there still is nothing in this matchup to suggest the Falcons can take care of business when they have to. Yes, I’ll probably regret it (it won’t be the first time), but I’m going to go with the Jets to get it together, for at least one week anyway.
Best Bet: Jets +2 (-110 at DraftKings Sportsbook)
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