New York Jets 1-0 (1-0 ATS) at Detroit Lions 1-0 (1-0 ATS)
When and Where: Saturday, August 19, Ford Field, Detroit, Mich. 7:30pm EDT
Spread: Detroit -5.5
Two teams that were victorious in week one of the NFL Preseason collide on Saturday in the Motor City. The Lions went to the Hoosier State and pulled out a 24-10 win over the Colts. The Jets, meanwhile, hosted a real shootout in New Jersey, before coming out on top, 7-3, over the Titans. Both teams will be looking to make a leap forward in the 2017 season, but some rumors have the Jets as tanking it all, with their eyes on the futures. Regardless, you should expect each team to come to play come Saturday night.
Jets Just Trying to Score some Points
New York finished in dead-last place in the AFC East a season ago, at 5-11. It was the sixth consecutive year that the “other” New York franchise has missed the playoffs. In the offseason, the squad said goodbye to names like Darrelle Revis, Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker, Nick Mangold, and David Harris. The quarterback competition is almost laughable with Josh McCown, Bryce Petty (who?), and Christian Hackenberg (who?) competing for the top spot. I am a Raiders fan and do not even remember which McCown (They are brothers) played for us under center. That should tell you how well the QB position should go for the NYJ in 2017.
It was Josh McCown who started the game for the Jets on Saturday, and the career backup tossed a 4-yard TD pass to Charone Peake in what would prove to be the winning, and only, score for New York on the evening. At 38, McCown is the leader in the current quarterback rotation but probably not ideal for a team that wants to contend. Hackenberg, who was drafted in the second-round of the 2016 draft, took over from there. He would go 18-of25 on the evening, good enough for 127 yards, and seven first downs. He would go on to lose a fumble on the last of his eight drives. Bryce Petty went 2-for-6 for 16 yards to finish the night. The defense certainly showed promise, ending up with eight sacks on the night.
Lions Hoping to Light it Up
Detroit finished 9-7 a year ago, becoming the last team to slip into the NFC Playoffs. They would suffer a defeat in the opening round to Seattle, but considering how little was expected of the squad once Calvin “Megatron” Johnson suddenly retired before the beginning of the 2016 season, it was still considered something to build upon. Matthew Stafford has been firmly at the helm for several years now, and the 29-year-0ld UGA alum will be depended on heavily during the 2017 season if the Lions hope to contend.
In the preseason opener, Detroit showed some flashes in their 14-point win in Indianapolis. Backup QB Jake Rudock threw two touchdown passes, each to rookie wide receiver Kenny Golladay. Rudock would finish with 142 yards on 11-of-19 passing. Stafford began the game, but played just one series, throwing three passes, one of which was tipped and intercepted. Tight end Michael Roberts was the leading receiver on the evening, hauling in four passes, for 34 yards. Golladay had three catches for 53 yards and the two scores.
New York Jets are:
- 2-5 ATS last 7 road games.
- 5-2 ATS last 7 home games.
New York’s offense did not exactly impress last week, and that was at home. Now they have to travel on the road to take on the Lions in Detroit Rock City. The Lions are a team that can put points on the board, but the Jets also have shown that they can play defense, no matter which unit is in there. Regardless, the Lions look like a good cover here on Saturday night.
Did anybody catch the score of the Jets’ game last weekend? They won by a grand total of 7-3. The total has not been listed for this affair yet, but you cannot expect it to be a lot after that performance. On a bright note, there is nowhere to go but up. The Lions managed to put p a few points on the road and will be home this time around, so there is a possibility that they can put up some points as well, but New York showed last week that even their lower units have a stingy defense. This looks like a low scoring affair.