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Where: M&T Bank Stadium
When: Thursday, December 12, 2019, 8:20 pm ET
We have a non-conference AFC game to consider for Thursday night when the New York Jets meet the Baltimore Ravens for a game of tackle football. New York enters this game with a 5-8 record and has won four of its last five games, including a 21-20 Week 13 victory over the Miami Dolphins. Baltimore checks in with an 11-2 record and enters this matchup riding a nine-game winning streak.
Jets Defeat MiamiThe Jets have quietly gone about their business and have won four of their last five games, including a 21-20 victory over the Miami Dolphins. In the previous five games, New York has defeated the New York Giants, Washington Redskins, and Oakland Raiders with their only loss coming on the road against the Cincinnati Bengals. New York is currently thirteenth in the AFC, but a win over Baltimore, followed by victories over Pittsburgh and Buffalo, could maybe net them a Wild Card.
Coach Gase speaks to the media Tuesday of Ravens week. https://t.co/MyJzJBkqvg— New York Jets (@nyjets) December 10, 2019
Baltimore allows 236 passing yards per game, and Jets quarterback Sam Darnold has thrown for 2424 yards with 15 touchdowns and 11 interceptions with an additional 50 rushing yards with two trips to the end zone. Over the past five games, Darnold has thrown nine touchdown passes and two interceptions.
Darnold has a few dependable receivers he likes to throw to; Robbie Anderson leads the team with 662 yards along with four touchdowns and has 26 targets over the past five games. Jamison Crowder has 618 yards with three touchdowns and has seen at least five targets per game over the last five games. Tight end Ryan Griffin has 320 yards with five touchdowns and is questionable for this matchup.
The Ravens allow 95.6 rushing yards per game, and it appears Le’Veon Bell will be back in the lineup after missing last week’s matchup with Miami. Bell has rushed for 589 yards with three touchdowns plus an extra 403 receiving yards and a touchdown this season.
Ravens have some injury issuesBaltimore is securely in the playoffs and has won nine consecutive games, and at this point, the Ravens look unstoppable. They score an average of 33.1 points while allowing just 18.2 per game this season. They do have several players listed as questionable, including Lamar Jackson, but you’ll need to check back for an update on Jackson and the others.
"We we're appreciative of the official grabbing those." 🤣— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) December 9, 2019
Coach Harbaugh on the wind knocking out papers during Sunday's game: pic.twitter.com/ubAZSnF4cr
New York allows 256.8 passing yards per game, and if he plays, Jackson is must-see TV. Jackson has thrown for 2677 yards with 28 touchdowns alongside six interceptions with an extra 1017 rushing yards with seven touchdowns. Over the past five games, Jackson has thrown 16 touchdowns and one interception.
Jackson has three primary receivers he likes to throw the ball too; tight end Mark Andrews is listed as questionable for this game and has 707 receiving yards with seven touchdowns and is Jackson’s main guy with 12 targets over the past three games. Marquise Brown has 518 receiving yards with six touchdowns and has seen 12 targets over the previous three games. Willie Snead IV has 302 yards, five touchdowns, and nine targets over the past five games.
The Jets allow 78.8 rushing yards per game, and aside from Jackson, the Ravens have running back Mark Ingram II and his 887 rushing yards with nine touchdowns plus an extra 201 receiving yards with three touchdowns. Running back Gus Edwards puts in work, and he’s rushed for 480 yards and two touchdowns this season.
Update (12/12): Jackson will play. Andrews is expected to play. Left tackle Ronnie Stanley is doubtful, which means backup James Hurst is the likely starter.
The top supporting trends for this game, found on Covers.com, are:
- Ravens are 1-6 ATS vs. a team with a losing record.
- Ravens are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games as a home favorite.
- Ravens are 1-8 ATS in their last 9 home games vs. a team with a losing road record
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
I'm going with New York in this one. They have one of the best rushing defenses in the game and are playing excellent football. Baltimore has no real reason to play Jackson, and even if they do, 15 points are too many against this Jets defense. The New York offense will get a boost with Bell in the lineup, and that should help relax the Ravens defense enough for Darnold to throw the ball. I will take the points and play New York in this one.
Prediction: Jets -15
Full-Game Total Pick
If the Jets are to win this game or even cover the spread, it's going to have to be a low scoring game. New York has a nice offense, but the Ravens defense is better. Baltimore has a spectacular offense but the Jets have a very stout defense of their own. I don't Baltimore taking any chances with Jackson and if he doesn't play, and I am assuming he likely won't, then I will play the UNDER in this contest.