The holiday season means Saturday evening football, and the Week 15 edition has a pretty intriguing game on tap for football fans. Two hungry teams in must-win situations will square off in Dallas on Saturday night as the New York Jets take their act into JerryWorld to do battle with a desperate Dallas Cowboys team. It has definitely not been a good year for the Cowboys, as injuries have unfortunately derailed what could have likely been yet another good season. Having Tony Romo and Dez Bryant go down early this year made things quite difficult on head coach Jason Garrett, but somehow they are still somewhat alive in the atrocious NFC East division with a 4-9 record. It is unlikely, but the Cowboys are still playing for their playoff lives and will need a win over a very solid Jets team on Saturday evening. New York is also in a battle to qualify for post-season football, despite being a very good team with an 8-5 record. They’re fresh off dismantling the Titans in Week 14 and with all that is on the line tonight, this Saturday night affair should be must-watch football. Read on below for a detailed game breakdown and an official pick for Jets/Cowboys.
Jets vs. Cowboys Betting Odds:
New York Jets -3 (-120)
@ Dallas Cowboys +3 (+100)
Over 41 (-110)
Under 41 (-110)
Betting odds provided by Bovada.lv
Jets vs. Cowboys Pick:
Everything points to the Jets rolling in Saturday night’s pivotal contest, despite the unusually close point-spread. New York enters as the much better team, in better form, and undoubtedly has the match-ups to exploit many of Dallas’ weaknesses.
For starters, look for the Jets to be able to control the flow and tempo of this game with a dominant and pounding running attack. Led by Chris Ivory, expect the Jets to run at will on Saturday night, as the Cowboys have shown an inability to slow down the ground and pound. Last week the Packers ran all over Dallas and losing Rolando McClain from their defense certainly didn’t help matters. Controlling the run game should set Ryan Fitzpatrick up for favourable passing down situations. He’s been pretty good this season and has done well to manage games for the Jets when necessary. Expect yet another clinical outing from the Harvard grad against this overachieving Cowboys defense. Dallas also has big holes in their secondary and expect huge games from both Eric Decker and Brandon Marshall who should both be able to easily exploit their mismatches.
When Dallas has the ball, moving the chains will not come easy. Darren McFadden will likely struggle to run on the 5th-ranked run defense that New York brings, and it’s going to come down to Matt Cassel if the Cowboys are going to keep pace in this one. That’s not a good thing – at all. Dez Bryant is currently banged up and Darelle Revis will likely blanket him for the majority of this contest.
It’s unfortunate the Cowboys are so depleted because this is a good team at full strength, just not now. The Jets hold many of the key advantages for tonight’s contest and with all that is riding on this one, they should be able to exploit Dallas in these areas. The Jets are rolling right now, playing great football, and enter tonight with a sky-high confidence. New York plays too good defensively and too smart offensively to let this be close. Expect the Jets to roll by a couple of scores, en route to a playoff berth.
PICK = Jets -3 (-120)