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Tips For Betting On Patriots Jets – Patriots Push Forward Without Gronkowski Versus Jets Thursday

Posted by Tony Bryant on 11/20/2012 5:21:56 PM

The New England Patriots have won four-straight to open a three-game lead atop the AFC East. Now they have to finish the job without one of their biggest weapons on offense. The Patriots will be without tight end Rob Gronkowski for the next 4-6 weeks after he suffered a fractured forearm in last week’s blowout win over the Indianapolis Colts, and will need to find a way to keep the offense in sync after averaging 46.5 points per game over their last three sports betting victories. Another division win over the New York Jets this Thanksgiving Thursday would push the Patriots one step closer to locking up another division title and more importantly, it would keep them in the race for top spot in the AFC and home advantage throughout the playoffs.

New England Patriots @ New York Jets
Thursday November 22, 2012 – 8:20 PM ET
MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey
NFL Betting Line: New England – 6

The Jets kept their slim postseason hopes alive with a 27-13 win over the St. Louis Rams last Thursday, snapping a three-game losing streak to improve to 4-6. New York is two games back of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Indianapolis Colts for the two AFC Wild Card spots, with three of its final five games on the road after this Thursday’s contest.

NFL Betting Preview: New England Patriots

The timing of Gronkowski’s injury is awful for a Patriots’ offense that has peaked in recent weeks, even if Aaron Hernandez is set to return. New England will turn to Hernandez and Visanthe Shiancoe, but while both are talented pass-catching weapons, neither is as complete as Gronkowski. The Patriots can also turn to running back Steven Ridley, who leads the league’s fifth-ranked rushing attack with yards and touchdowns. The defense has also shown improvement in recent weeks with cornerback Aqib Talib a key addition. Talib had seven tackles and an interception return for a touchdown in the sportsbook win over Indianapolis, and rookie cornerback also registered a pick-six.

NFL Betting Preview: New York Jets

For the first time all season, Mark Sanchez looked like a legitimate starting quarterback last week, completing 15 of 20 passes for 178 yards and a touchdown in a 14-point Jets’ win. Sanchez’s efficiency stood out for an offense that has struggled to move the ball through the air all season, and the running back tandem of Shonn Greene and Bilal Powell finished it off with 106 rushing yards and two second-half touchdowns. Sanchez will need a similar performance to keep up with the red-hot New England offense, and New York can draw some confidence from the first meeting between these teams when they forced overtime before a 29-26 loss.

NFL Betting Preview: Outlook & Pick

Sanchez ended up being the goat in the Jets’ overtime loss to New England earlier this season when he fumbled on the game-ending play, but should feel confident after last week’s win. The problem is that even in a strong performance Sanchez only managed to throw for 178 yards, and that won’t be enough to keep up with the Patriots’ offense, with or without Gronkowski. New England will get Hernandez back and can also turn to a one of the league’s strongest rushing attacks, while the defense continues to improve.

NFL Betting Pick: New England Patriots


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