New Orleans Saints (6-1) at New York Jets (4-4)
This game features by far the biggest line movement of the week, as the line has shifted 3.5 points since last week, as a result of the Jets’ 49-9 loss in Cincinnati last week. The line is now at a touchdown in favor of New Orleans and the public is still all over them. I think that’s a huge overreaction and, of course, I love fading teams that the public is all over as well. Sure, the Jets looked awful last week, but that was still one game.
That was completely uncharacteristic for their defense, which is still allowing opponents to move the chains at a very solid 70% rate. Offensively, they are moving the chains at just a 69% rate, so that’s obviously their biggest problem, but this line is still way too high. The Saints are moving the chains at an 80% rate, as opposed to 71% for their opponents, but I still have the line calculated at around 4 or 4.5, so we’re getting significant line value with the Jets as a result of what happened last week and the subsequent line movement.
That’s usually what happens after a team gets blown out. Teams are 43-23 ATS since 2002 after a loss by 35 or more, including 19-6 ATS as home dogs. Teams that are in that situation tend to be underrated, overlooked, and embarrassed and I think the Jets would qualify as all three right now. Remember, they are still 4-4 and have been alternating wins and losses all season. I wouldn’t overlook them.
The Jets seem to especially be good in situations like this when the media is destroying them. That’s just something I’ve noticed with them over the past couple of years. I mentioned they’ve been alternating wins and losses all season. They are also 4-2 ATS off of a loss by 14 or more over the past 2 seasons, which just puts that into a number. Rex Ryan is very good at getting his team motivated by the media trashing them, which happens more often that it should.
The Saints, meanwhile, are not as good on the road as they are at home. Drew Brees’ quarterback rating drops about 11 points on the road historically, dating back to 2008. This year, in 3 home games, they’ve almost lost in winless Tampa Bay, they won by 8 in Chicago, which isn’t as impressive as it seemed at the time, and they lost in New England in a game they trailed most of the way against a Patriot team that isn’t nearly as good as they’ve been in recent years. They could easily lose in New York and I really like the Jets’ chances of covering here.
New Orleans Saints 19 New York Jets 17
Pick against spread: NY Jets +7