New York Jets vs. San Francisco 49ers Betting Predictions

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New York Jets vs. San Francisco 49ers Betting Predictions

The San Francisco 49ers were shocking losers in Week 1 and now have to cross the country to face the 0-1 New York Jets. New York was expected to lose to Buffalo, but the Jets defense should gain some confidence by forcing a pair of red-zone turnovers. The Jets offense wasn’t able to get going against Buffalo’s defense, and I don’t expect they’ll be any better against San Francisco’s defense. It will be a tight game, but the 49ers should be flying back with a victory.

New York Jets vs. San Francisco 49ers Betting Odds

New York continued to march backwards on most of their drives against the Buffalo defense. The Jets were able to march down for a field goal before halftime then scored another touchdown in the two-minute drill, but otherwise they were overmatches. The only reason the scoreline wasn’t worse was the Bills missing two easy field goals and Josh Allen fumbling twice in the red zone while trying to extend runs. Otherwise, the Jets were overwhelmed on both sides of the ball.

San Francisco was outmatched by Arizona in the opener with its offense letting it down more than the defense. The 49ers gained just 18 first downs, they were 2 of 11 on third down and they were stopped on both fourth-down attempts. Simply put, the 366 yards of offense San Francisco gained is not good enough against that Arizona defense, and the struggles to finish drives is also problematic. The 49ers were always going to have issues containing Kyler Murray, but to allow him to run for 91 yards on 13 carries and complete 14 passes to DeAndre Hopkins is worse than expected. The Jets, though, don’t have a mobile quarterback or a receiver as talented as Hopkins, so it shouldn’t be an issue this week.

With two suspect offenses, I’m going to jump all over the alternate point totals from the NFL betting sites in New Jersey. The regular points total offered is 42.5 points, but I’m going to drop it down to 37.5 points and take the under at +150 odds. One reason for this is that New York had just 254 yards of offense against Buffalo, and 69 of that came on one screen pass touchdown. The Jets shouldn’t score more than two touchdowns, so taking the under 17 points for them makes sense at -118 odds. The other is that San Francisco had just 366 yards against Arizona, and the Jets defense is slightly better than the Cardinals’ unit, so the 49ers should again be around the 21-24 points they scored against Arizona.

San Francisco 49ers to win

I don’t trust the Jets offense against the 49ers defense, so the question is now how much faith should I put in the San Francisco offense? The touchdown spread is very fair, which makes this even trickier to find a good wager for my NFL betting predictions. In this case, I’m a fan of adding a half point to the spread and bumping the odds from -110 to +100, which provides just a bit more value with not as much risk. So my bet is to pick San Francisco laying 7.5 points at the New Jersey online sports betting sites to take advantage of that added value.

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