Two teams that nobody really expected anything from this season will square off Sunday of Week 6 as the Washington Redskins head to the Meadowlands to take on the red-hot New York Jets under Todd Bowles. Bowles the Jets new head coach has transformed the Jets already in just a few short weeks. Their defense looks great, and it’s rubbing off on the entire organization. Now they enter Week 6 fresh off their bye week with a 3-1 record. Can they extend their run of hot play against Washington? Read on below to find out with a full game breakdown and the official selection for this contest.
Redskins vs. Jets Betting Odds:
Washington Redskins +7 (-115)
@ New York Jets -7 (-105)
Over 40.5 (-110)
Under 40.5 (-110)
Betting odds provided by Bovada.lv
Redskins vs. Jets Pick:
The Jets are hot and rested, and surprisingly, they enter this game getting pretty solid quarterbacking out of Harvard graduate, Ryan Fitzpatrick. That said, as good as the Jets have been this season, their strength of schedule leaves something to be desired. This isn’t a playoff team yet and they’ve been beating teams narrowly or facing up against them at the right time. The Redskins are like the Jets, not a good team yet, but you get the sense both squads are trending in the right direction. On defense right now, both teams present threats, but for Fitzpatrick this will not be an easy day. Washington boasts an effective secondary that can limit both Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker, and the ‘Skins run defense is as good as it gets right now. They’ve surrendered more than 84 yards on the ground just once in 2015, so Chris Ivory is likely in for a tough match-up. Expect the Redskins defense to do what it’s done all season, keep its offense in the game and give the squad a chance to win late.
While the ‘Skins defense should definitely hold up in this contest, their offense will likely face some struggles of their own. It seems like both Jordan Reed and DeSean Jackson are out for this game, severely limiting Kirk Cousins’ throwing options from the pocket. As a result, he’ll need to rely on a lot of younger, unproven players instead. The Jets are also equally stingy against the run, only conceding an average of 3.43 yards per carry. Alfred Morris and Matt Jones are both solid backs, but moving the chains could be tough for both teams on Sunday.
Despite the struggles of both offenses and the excellent play of both defenses, the Under is still a little too low for my liking. Instead, with a big number on the board I think the Redskins can go into the Meadowlands can keep this to a one-score game for the bulk of this contest. The Jets think they’re a lot better than they are, and every team is due for a letdown one week or another. Again, Todd Bowles’ squad has feasted on teams when they’re at their absolute lowest so let’s not read too much into their early 3-1 start. Adding to this, the Jets have a huge game next week vs. the Patriots – something you can bet everyone in the organization is looking ahead to. When you factor all of this in, combined with the fact the Jets offense isn’t prolific enough to be laying this kind of number, you’ve got to like the ‘Skins chances to keep things close on Sunday.
PICK = Redskins +7 (-115)