On Sunday, the 5-7 New York Jets looked bewildered as they dropped a 20-3 decision against the Miami Dolphins. Once again, Geno Smith played poorly and the Dolphins deployed a multitude of blitz packages. Smith was only able to complete four passes for 39 yards in one half of play. Smith was benched at halftime and back-up Matt Simms did little to inspire confidence. The 4-8 Oakland Raiders figure to follow a similar game plan.
The Oakland Raiders head to New York off a very tough road loss on Thanksgiving to the Dallas Cowboys. Tony Romo led a fourth quarter comeback against the pesky Raiders to keep Dallas in the NFC East race. Led by rookie QB Matt McGloin, the Raiders will attempt to set tempo by running the ball with Rashad Jennings and Darren McFadden. The Raiders and Jets are both out of the playoff picture, so this game will be for seeding in next year’s draft. After weeks of disappointing play, Jets head coach, Rex Ryan may be coaching for his job.
After this week’s home tilt against the Raiders, the Jets will travel to take on the surging 9-3 Carolina Panthers, host the 4-8 Cleveland Browns, and square off against the 6-6 Dolphins in Week 17. We believe that Ryan must win both home games in order to save his job.
Bookmakers are expecting a tight game between the Jets and Dolphins. This year’s 2013 NFL odds indicate that the Jets are the play as a small 2.5 point favorite. The Jets are 4-2 against the spread as a home team this season while the Raiders are 2-4 ATS as a road team. In addition, the over/under is set at 39 points, which is one of the lowest Week 14 totals. The Jets did not pay off last week, but I’m going to stick with them. I like the Jets this week in a very tight contest.
Prediction: Jets 14 Raiders 10