NY Jets open as home underdogs vs. Detroit Lions

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By: Brendan Vander Vliet

New York Jets vs. Detroit Lions spread, odds

  • New York Jets: +1 (-115)
  • Detroit Lions: -1 (-105)

All odds via FanDuel Sportsbook

The New York Jets have opened as 1-point home underdogs against the streaking Detroit Lions. After opening the season 6-3, the Jets have lost three of their last four games and their playoff hopes are now holding on by a thread. The Lions started the season 1-6 but have now won five of their last six games and are entering the thick of the playoff race in the NFC.

New York Jets vs. Detroit Lions moneyline

  • New York Jets: -110
  • Detroit Lions: -106

Detroit has been playing well lately and is probably the hottest team in the NFL right now. Winners of five of their last six games, Dan Campbell’s team believes they can beat anyone at this point in the season.

The Lions just beat the 10-3 Minnesota Vikings handily. Before that, they smoked the Jaguars by 26 points, lost to the Bills on a last-second field goal, and had a three-game winning streak against the Packers, Bears, and Lions.

Detroit’s offense leads the way, but the Jets can take advantage of the Lions’ poor defense. After starting the season badly, the Lions’ defense has gotten better but they still sit close to the bottom of the league in many categories.

I like this matchup for the Jets’ offense. With Mike White under center, the Jets’ passing attack has been more explosive in the last few weeks. They should be able to throw the ball effectively which could lead the Jets to victory.

New York Jets vs. Detroit Lions over-under

  • New York Jets vs. Detroit Lions over-under: 44.5
  • Over: -110
  • Under: -110

I think this game has a chance to be a shootout. Both offenses have shown they can move the ball well. In Mike White’s three starts this season, the Jets’ offense is averaging 420.3 yards per game. The Jets have struggled in the red zone but have no problems moving the ball with White.

The Lions have one of the elite offenses in the NFL as they rank top 10 in many important statistical categories. Detroit ranks fourth in the NFL in total yards per game at 376.4. They rank seventh in the league in passing yards per game at 248.8 and rank fifth in the NFL in points per game at 26.8.

The Jets’ defense has played very well all season, ranking at the top of many categories. However, the Lions’ defense is the biggest reason they have a losing record. They have given up the second-most points per game, the second-most yards per game, and the third-most passing yards per game in the NFL through 14 weeks.

I think both offenses will be able to move the ball well this week and put up some points in an exciting high-scoring game.

New York Jets vs. Detroit Lions injuries

The Jets received good injury news on Mike White and Quinnen Williams. White (ribs) is considered day-to-day but should play on Sunday. Quinnen Willams (calf) is also day-to-day, but has a “50/50 chance” to play, according to Robert Saleh. Corey Davis remains in the concussion protocol but the Jets are hopeful he can play Sunday.

For Detroit, Evan Brown (ankle), Derrick Barnes (knee), Kayode Awosika (ankle), and Will Harris (hip) all missed Week 14 with injuries. At this point in the week, it is unclear what their practice and game availability is for Sunday.

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