The Buffalo Bills host an AFC East rival in the New York Jets on Thursday Night Football. Here are the betting odds and trends to keep in mind in this one.
Thursday Night Football on CBS and the NFL Network this week will feature two AFC East rivals. The Buffalo Bills (0-1) will host the New York Jets (0-1) at New Era Field in Orchard Park on Thursday, September 15th. Kickoff is at 8:25 PM ET in this must-win game for both teams.
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According to OddsShark.com, this is a pick ’em. The point spread is at even in this game. It should be an exciting down to the wire finish on Thursday night. New York opened as a 2.5-point favorite, but the spread has shifted to zero by Wednesday afternoon. The moneyline is at -110 for both teams. The over/under is at 40.5 after opening at 42.
With neither side having a distinct advantage at first glance, let’s take a look and see if any trends can clear somethings up for people that want to bet on this game.
New York was a one-point home favorite to the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 1. The Jets lost to the Bengals, 23-2. One angle that favors the Jets in this Thursday night matchup is the New York hasn’t started a season at 0-2 since 2007. The Jets would go 4-12 in the second year under head coach Eric Mangini.
Point spread: Even Moneyline: Buffalo -110, New York -110 Over/Under: 40.5
Head-to-head, the Bills and Jets have met 110 times on the gridiron. Buffalo holds the all-time series lead at 51-59. The Bills beat the Jets twice last year, 22-17. That Week 17 loss in Buffalo cost New York at shot at an AFC Wild Card berth. Buffalo has won the last five head-to-head meetings and six of the last seven stemming back to December 30th, 2012.
Buffalo was a three-point under dog on the road against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 1. The Bills failed to cover the spread and lost to the Ravens, 13-17. Buffalo has won its last two home openers.
The last time Buffalo started a season 0-2 was back in 2010. Buffalo lost its first eight games that year en route to a 4-12 season record. The Bills starting quarterback that year: current Jets starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.
After looking at the biggest trends heading into this game, go with the Bills in an ugly Week 2 game and absolutely take the under. The last two head-to-head meetings yielded a combined 39 points. Bills head coach Rex Ryan has ill-will harbored against his former employer. Buffalo should get its sixth straight win over the Jets in this one.