Jets Colts Betting – Jets Fall In Another Playoff Game At Indy
Online betting players will kick off the NFL playoff betting season with a rematch from last year as the Jets head to Indianapolis to try and avenge a loss in the conference championship. This game will be closer than last year, but the result will end up the same.
- What: NFL betting
- When: Saturday, January 8th, 8:00 PM ET
- Where: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN
- Pick: Indianapolis Colts -2.5
What’s On The Line
The New York Jets (11-5) romped to a 38-7 win over the Buffalo Bills at home in their regular-season finale, but they stumbled into the postseason with three losses in their last five games. The Indianapolis Colts (10-6) backed into their seventh AFC South title in eight years by edging the Tennessee Titans 23-20 at home, their fourth straight victory, while a Jacksonville Jaguars’ loss also helped them out. This is a rematch of last year’s AFC championship, in which the Colts came out on top 30-17 at home, so the Jets have a motivation of revenge to go with the obvious: progress to the next round.
Offensive Matchups: Jets Colts Betting
Mark Sanchez struggled badly down the stretch, and he sat against the Bills because of a shoulder injury that may be worse than he’s let on. Therefore, the Jets may have to lean on their No.4-ranked running game if they want a chance at beating the Colts. Shonn Greene and LaDainian Tomlinson were also rested against the Bills and should be fine for this game, and they’ll be crucial because not only does it limit Sanchez’s chances for picks, but it also keeps Peyton Manning off the field.
Manning finished second in the league in yards and touchdowns, and that midseason slump he went through seems to have been forgotten. But Manning has been aided by an improved running game that keeps defenses honest, and if Peyton Manning can get single coverage, it doesn’t usually work out in the defense’s favor. The Colts are deep at running back so they can rotate players in and out, and that all bodes well for Manning, who threw for 377 yards and three scores with no picks in last year’s win over the Jets.
Betting Edge: Colts
Defensive Matchups: Jets Colts Betting
The Jets don’t seem to have that intimidation factor about them on this side of the ball anymore, but they were still third in the league, and it all starts with their corners. The ability of Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie to play man coverage allows the Jets to do some things with their front seven that not everyone can do, and that could come in handy against the Colts. The Jets can blitz you from a lot of different angles, and Manning is going to have his hands full making the pre-snap reads that he’s so good at, because the Jets disguise coverages very well.
Indy finished 25th in the league against the run, and that has to have the Jets salivating. The Colts have missed linebacker Clint Session, who has had an elbow injury, and fellow linebacker Gary Brackett also missed some time. Rookie Pat Angerer has stepped in to do a good job, but he’s still a rookie. Ends Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis are going to be key in getting to Sanchez, who makes bad decisions when he’s rushed, but the Colts have to tighten up their run game to win this game.
Betting Edge: Jets
Notable Injuries: Jets Colts Betting
Revis (hamstring), Cromartie (groin) and safety Eric Smith (concussion) were all rested against the Bills, as was Sanchez (shoulder), but all should be ready for this weekend for the Jets.
Session (elbow) hasn’t played since Week 8, and is very questionable this week. Cornerback Kelvin Hayden (neck) missed the Tennessee game, while fellow corner Justin Tryon (shoulder) had to leave the game, so watch their availability this week for the Colts.
Betting Edge: Jets
Outlook and Pick: Jets Colts Betting
NFL betting odds have the Colts as a 3-point favorite at home, where they are 3-2 SU and ATS in their last five meetings with the Jets, and the last four games went over the posted total. This game will be won on a couple of different fronts, and the first matchup comes with the Indy rush defense against the Jets’ ground game. Last week was the first time the Jets had a 100-yard rusher since Week 4, and even though they’re fourth, they’re a grind-it-out team, not a big-play team. Indy has to keep the Jets from getting four yards on first down and put the game in Sanchez’s hands. The other matchup is Manning against the New York defense, of course, and his slump came this season when the line couldn’t protect him, therefore the Jets have to get in the Indy backfield. With a 3-point spread, this looks like a push all the way because it will be a close one, and on an SU bet, grab the Colts in your sports betting book.
Stan’s Pick: Indianapolis Colts