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Jets vs. Patriots Pick – NFL Week 7 TNF

It was an up and down Week 6 with a lot of public plays hitting on some pretty improbable endings. While it made for entertaining finishes, it didn’t produce a profitable betting week and we’ll hope Week 7 reverses our fortunes. These Thursday night games have been anything but memorable thus far in 2014. Blowouts have been the norm, and even though another lopsided match-up may loom between the hated rivals, the Patriots and Jets, short weeks and divisional match-ups do tend to produce unique results. It’s no secret that these teams don’t really like each other, so expect a spirited affair with lots of emotion tonight. Here at The Sports Geek we don’t really like losing, and we’ll try and get off to a winning Week 7 with tonight’s selection. Read on below for further game analysis and predictions.

Jets vs. Patriots Betting Odds:

Spread:
New York Jets +10 (-110)
@ New England Patriots – 10 (-110)

Total:
Over 45 (-110)
Under 45 (-110)

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Jets vs. Patriots Pick:

There was a ton of talk in the New York Jets training camp about not bowing down to the New England Patriots in 2014. They were aware of their history, their track record,but they didn’t want toendure yet another season of embarrassment via the Patriots. Well here we are in Week 7 and the Jets are desperately trying to salvage their season here. They enter a hungry team, but another consecutive defeat and it might as well be over for Rex Ryan’s group.

You can bet Rex Ryan will be selling this game hard to his team in the locker room. It’s all about the rivalry, all about the hatred. Don’t make it easy on New England, and expect the Jets to be able to make some noise in this contest. The New England Patriots offense has caught fire of late, but losing the reliable run game from Stevan Ridley (torn ACL) for the year will surely affect the gameplan. Add in the fact they’ve lost him on a short week, and there’s not much time to prep for other options and strategies. The Jets do struggle in the secondary, but their front seven is ferocious and they should be able to get to Brady and create some discomfort for the New England quarterback. New England will not have much success rushing the football in this one, and if they can limit Brady’s ability to roll out and throw on the move, the Jets defense will be fine in this contest.

On the other side of the ball, the Jets offense is currently being regarded as one of the more inept units in the NFL. That said, last week they were actually alright against a superior opponent in Denver. It was a winnable game late in the 4th quarter, before a crushing pick-six killed their momentum and the cover. Smith has shown some progress since a disastrous opening, and when a quality receiver like Eric Decker is available to him, he’s shown some solid glimpses. With Decker in the lineup Thursday night, the Jets offense should be able to keep pace. Add in the fact that the Jets’ hard running of Chris Ivory will be utilized as well, and this multi-dimensional approach could be surprisingly effective. New England is currently conceding 4.37 yards per carry, and the Jets can move the ball on this defense, especially without key Pats’ linebacker Jerod Mayo.

The Jets have endured a tough few weeks here and even though a win in New England is unlikely, they’ll be fired up for this contest. Ten points is a lot in the NFL and I say this rivalry match-up bucks the Thursday night trend and stays close throughout. I think both offenses will struggle to put consistent points on the board, and as a result a hungry and motivated Jets team should be able to do enough to cover the double-digit number.

PICK = Jets +10 (-110)