The New York Jets (4-4) have quietly peaked their head across the .500 mark after starting the 2023 season 1-3. They’ll travel to the Entertainment Capital Of The World to take on the Las Vegas Raiders (4-5) who have cashed seven under tickets in their nine games. There was a big NFL odds movement in this one after the oddsmakers made the Jets a -3 point road favorite, but the public pounded that number down to pick with a total of 36.5. Kick-off is scheduled for 8:20 p.m. ET / 5:20 p.m. PT and can be seen on NBC. Let’s start our Jets vs Raiders matchup odds preview with a look at New York from a betting perspective.
Location: Allegiant Stadium, Las Vegas, NV
Massive Playoff Implications For Jets
The same can be said for both teams when it comes to being a part of the NFL 2023 playoff bracket, If the Jets win they’ll be in a situation where they will be in the mix for a playoff spot, something that seemed impossible after Aaron Rodgers went down early in game one.
The Jets lost to the Los Angeles Chargers, 27-6, Monday, and will struggle to move the ball against one of the best secondaries in the NFL. Vegas has allowed just 15 completions of 20 or more yards, tops in the league. New York is right behind Vegas in that category with 17 completions allowed.
That figures into this low total with two QBs in Zach Wilson and Aidan O’Connell who won’t be looking to stretch the field. Both NFL teams are more than happy to win ugly and that’s exactly what this game will be. We continue our Jets vs Raiders matchups odds preview with a look at Las Vegas.
Against All Odds Raiders Almost .500
It’s been well documented the issues that the Raiders have had on the field and off, but through it all, Vegas can be a .500 team with a win against the Jets. The Raiders have won three of their last four meetings against New York and are 15-3-1 as the home team all-time in the series.
The Raiders are coming off a beatdown of the New York Giants 30-6, their third-largest margin of victory in the last 13 seasons. It’s also been three NFL seasons since they’ve allowed just three points. We expect this game to feature Josh Jacobs, who is still one of the most underrated backs in the league despite having a rushing title under his belt.
The word from Raider headquarters is that the mood is much better since owner Mark Davis fired head coach Josh McDaniels in favor of interim coach Antonio Pierce. You could see that on social media after the win last week. We conclude our Jets vs Raiders matchup odds preview with our official selection.
A New Voice Usually Last Two Weeks
With Pierce known as a players’ coach, that breath of fresh air doesn’t last long after the opposition gets a few weeks of film. There will come a time when Pierce will have to show his worth as a game and people manager. Everyone likes the new guy to start.
The Raiders have not produced a profit for bettors since the 2017 season, but with a win, can come within a game of climbing into the black with games against Miami and Kansas City up next. The upcoming schedule is important to bettors because a loss to the Jets would essentially push the franchise up against the wall with two NFL games against the Chiefs still on the schedule.
Four of their last seven are at home. As we mentioned earlier, we think Wilson is going to struggle throwing the ball, resulting in a Raiders win as our official NFL expert pick selection. That does it for our Jets vs Raiders matchup odds preview, all the best with your wagers this weekend.