Jets vs. Seahawks Betting Predictions

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New York vs. Seattle, NFL Betting Predictions, December 13

The New York Jets should be heading to Seattle with some confidence after their first win of the season. Instead, the Jets blundered away that victory last week and head across the country to take on the Seattle Seahawks, who are also hurting for confidence. The Seahawks, though, have more talent and the strategic advantage, so they should get back to their winning ways this week.

Jets vs. Seahawks Betting Odds

New York fired defensive coordinator Gregg Williams after last week’s debacle, but the Jets defense is still a problem. In particular, the Jets struggle to defend the pass in a league that has increasingly thrown the ball more. Three of their last five opponents have thrown for at least 340 yards, notably the 446 passing yards Patrick Mahomes put up earlier this season to start this stretch. With a youthful secondary, the Jets will struggle to contain the multitude of weapons the Seahawks have at their disposal. Offensively, the Jets had some success running the ball last week against the Raiders, but Seattle’s weakness is passing defense. If the defense cannot slow down Russell Wilson and the offense, the Jets need to control the ball and capitalize on their own chances. Sam Darnold isn’t in a position to do that with his arm right now.

Seattle was thoroughly dominated on both sides by the Giants last week, and it resulted in a shocking loss to a team with a losing record playing its backup quarterback. Wilson and the offense again stayed in neutral with a fourth straight game with 350 or fewer yards, including 225 or fewer passing yards. If not for a second-half offensive explosion against Buffalo after falling behind by so much, the Seahawks might have six straight games with those stats. Only once in that six-game stretch has Seattle run for more than 115 yards, so it’s been a difficult road to the end zone for the Seahawks. Wilson will have his chance to get the passing game going again against the only team worse against the pass than Seattle this season. This is an excellent game for the Seahawks to ride D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett to help them stay in the playoff hunt in a suddenly competitive NFC picture.

The New Jersey online sports betting sites have set the over/under for this game at 46.5 points. That actually seems a bit low given how explosive the Seahawks offense is poised to be against one of the worst passing defense in the league. Seattle might be the only team worse against the pass than the Jets, but only one of these teams has a passing attack to actually exploit that weakness. The Jets have allowed 30 or more points in four of their last five games and the Seahawks offense is ready to break through that mark after being contained by better defenses. Seattle’s defense will still give up some big plays to the Jets, who have been better on offense recently, so I’ll bet over 53.5 total points for +200 odds.

Seahawks to win

Given the struggles of Seattle’s offense, I’d be concerned about them being 13.5-point favorites over any opponent. The Seahawks have not been as dynamic as they were to start the season, which makes it harder for them to blow out a team. What scares me the most about this matchup is the Jets are content running the ball and that will force Seattle to be better against the run than it was last week. However, I don’t trust the Jets offense to actually take advantage of those situations enough while the Seahawks should feast on New York’s defense. It’s a recipe for a convincing win for the Seattle, so I’ll bet the Seahawks laying 13.5 points at -110 odds at the NFL betting sites in New Jersey.

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Josh Walfish is an award-winning journalist who has been covering college and professional sports in the United States. He holds a journalism degree from Northwestern University and his work has appeared in the Miami Herald, Chicago Sun-Times and Providence Journal. He most recently chronicled the UMass hockey teams rise to prominence over the last two years for the local newspaper

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