The New York Jets (1-2) are coming off a tough Monday Night Football loss to the Chicago Bears. Geno Smith really struggled, as he threw two interceptions and Eric Decker left early with a hamstring injury. The Detroit Lions (2-1) will look to continue their strong play when they visit New York. Detroit is coming off a home win over the Green Bay Packers. Detroit’s offense struggled, but the defense bailed them out by creating seven points off a Green Bay turnover. Running back Reggie Bush led the way for Detroit’s offense, running for 73 yards and adding one touchdown.
Despite Smith’s struggles, running back Chris Ivory has been a huge positive for the offense. Ivory is averaging 5.7 yards per carry and adds a whole tough, physical element to New York’s offense. Running back Chris Johnson has struggled over the last two weeks, rushing for just 40 total yards. Detroit’s run defense has been very good, limiting teams to just 63 rushing yards per game. New York is even better, limiting opponents to 55 rushing yards per game.
The key to New York’s game plan will be limiting a somewhat gimpy Calvin Johnson. Historically, Johnson has played through injuries and will likely play this week’s game with a bad ankle. The Jets are unlikely to have their top corner, Dee Milliner, so any limitation to Johnson will be welcome.
Current NFL odds have the Lions listed as a 2.5 point road favorite. Despite playing on a short week, I like the Jets in this spot. Everyone has begun to write-off Geno Smith and Smith has proven he can bounce back. The Lions are a very streaky team and I’m expecting a big Jet effort on Sunday afternoon. Select the Jets with your NFL Picks today!
Official Pick: NY Jets +2.5