Prediction, Preview, and Odds
#269 San Francisco 49ers -7 vs.
#270 New York Jets 43.5
Sunday, September 20, 2020 at 1:00pm EDT
MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford
Written by Blake V.

San Francisco and New York will both be looking to bounce back from season-opening losses when they take the field on Sunday afternoon. The 49ers are coming off a defeat to Arizona, while the Jets lost to Buffalo in its opener.

49ers coming off blown lead

San Francisco dealt with what many call the “curse of Super Bowl losers” in Week 1. The 49ers blew a 10-0 lead at home against Arizona, which means that teams coming off a Super Bowl loss are now 8-18 (6-16 ATS) in the last 22 such instances. San Francisco jumped out to that 10-0 lead in the first quarter, as Raheem Mostert caught a 76-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo five minutes into the game. The Cardinals took the lead in the fourth quarter on a Kyler Murray touchdown run. San Francisco answered when Jerick McKinnon caught a five-yard score from Garoppolo with 8:38 left. Arizona scored the game-winning touchdown just over three minutes later.

Garoppolo finished 19 of 33 for 259 yards and two touchdowns. Mostert was the leading rusher, carrying the ball 15 times for 56 yards. He was also the leading receiver, catching four passes for 95 yards and one touchdown. Tight end George Kittle caught four passes for 44 yards in the first half before going down with a knee injury. He returned in the second half, but was not targeted a single time down the stretch. Kittle is listed as ‘questionable’ for this week’s game. Defensive back Emmanuel Moseley led the defense with 15 total tackles. Fred Warner added 10 tackles and D.J. Jones notched a sack.

Jets unable to stay close with Buffalo

New York dug itself a huge hole to open its week one game against Buffalo. The Jets trailed 21-0 midway through the second quarter, but scored the next 10 points to make it a competitive game. Jamison Crowder caught a 69-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Sam Darnold to give his team 10 points. Buffalo kicked a couple of fourth quarter field goals before Josh Adams scored on a two-yard run to make it a 27-17 contest. The Jets only recorded 15 first downs, while allowing 31. Buffalo could have made the final score much worse than it was, as the Bills were just 3 of 8 in the red zone.

Darnold completed 21 of 35 passes for 215 yards and one touchdown, while also throwing one interception. He was sacked three times for a loss of 13 yards. Veteran running back Frank Gore led the rushing attack with six carries for 24 yards. Leveon Bell added six attempts for 14 yards, but the Jets did not run the ball much as they were playing from behind for most of the game. Bell injured his hamstring in the first half and will miss this game. Wide receiver Denzel Mims is also on the IR. Crowder was the top receiver, catching seven passes for 115 yards. Chris Herndon added six catches for 37 yards. The New York defense is without departed safety Jamal Adams and linebacker C.J. Moseley, who opted out of the season.

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It’s tough to take the 49ers to cover at this number. The value on San Francisco came early in the week when it opened at 4, but the value is now on New York. San Francisco has gone 7-20-1 ATS in its last 28 games as a favorite. Kittle’s injury could make the offense even worse than it was in the second half against Arizona. The Jets showed some fight in the second half against Buffalo and that will be key to covering this number as a touchdown underdog. San Francisco is also 0-4-1 ATS in its last five games against a team with a losing record.

Prediction: New York +7

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I like the under in this game, especially with the injuries that both teams are dealing with. Bell’s absence for the Jets will make them lean heavily on Gore, who is just not ready to handle a heavy workload at this point in his career. San Francisco has a stout defense that should be able to shut down a one-dimensional Darnold offense. The 49ers offense really struggled down the stretch against the Jets and Kittle’s injury is not going to help things. San Francisco has gone under in six of its last seven games against a team from the AFC.

Prediction: Under 42.5
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Written By Blake V.

Blake is a lifelong sports fan and hoops junkie. Prior to joining our team at Winners & Whiners and StatSalt, Blake worked for several newspapers and websites. He enjoys combining his beat writing expertise with the knack for finding the winning edge in a matchup. Remember, it’s a marathon, not a sprint.