Monday Night Football Week 6: New York Jets at Arizona Cardinals – Free Prediction and Preview
The Jets head to Phoenix to take on the Arizona Cardinals on primetime on Monday Night. Like New York, the Cardinals are in desperate need of a victory. While it’s only the conclusion of Week 6, both of these teams are firmly on the outside looking in for a playoff position as it stands now.
The point spread hasn’t changed much since opening. The Cardinals opened as -7.5 favorites. About 60 percent of wagers have come in on Arizona. The odds haven’t made a significant move across the industry. At BetOnline.ag, the odds sit at Cardinals -7.5 (-105) and Jets +7.5 (-115) as of this writing.
The total has seen a bit more movement. The total opened at 47 points, but that has dropped to 45.5 at BetOnline with -110 juice on both sides. The move is likely the result of heavy sharp action. Regarding volume of bets, bets coming in on the over and under are split 50/50.
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The Jets – Is Their Season on the line?
New York looked to build off a season where they were favorites to make the playoffs but sadly lost in Week 17 to lose out on a Wild Card spot, despite having a 10-6 record. Things have not started off well for them, to say the least.
Their record fell to 1-4 on the season after they lost 31-13 to the Steelers in Pittsburgh in Week 5 in a game where they were thoroughly dominated. The last time they put a win on the board was back in Week 2 against the Buffalo Bills.
Aside from putting up points, the secondary has been a major weak spot for the Jets. All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis will likely return this week after missing last week’s game, but he has been a shell of his former self this year. His return to action may end up being a downgrade.
Arizona – Palmer Is Back
The Cardinals are coming off a bye week. They last played the 49ers on Thursday, Oct. 6th, giving them about as much rest as a team can receive in the NFL. They started off slow against the 49ers and were without quarterback Carson Palmer, but running back David Johnson had a big game to lead them to a 33-21 victory.
The put their record at 2-3 on the season. They’re second to last in the NFC West, just above San Francisco. With the Seahawks at 5-1 and the Rams at 3-3, a run at the division will be tough with another loss this early.
Palmer suffered a concussion against the Rams and missed the last game. He is no longer in the concussion protocol and is off the injury report for this week. He hasn’t played that well in his past two games but was one of the most effective quarterbacks in the league last season.
This seems like an excellent spot for Arizona, but I do have my concerns with the Cardinals. Palmer has not looked good in recent weeks. I generally don’t like to attack teams that have their backs against the wall like the Jets, but this is about as good of a passing game matchup available.
With that said, the Jets do bring pressure, something that he has not dealt with well this season so far. David Johnson is the true workhorse of this offense and while he’s heavily involved in the passing game – he may have a hard time getting much going on the ground against a tough front seven.
The drop in the total signifies fewer points will be scored in this game and with that considered I am leaning towards the underdog. I think Arizona wins this game, but the New York has enough skill players to keep this one close in what I believe will end up being a defensive, field position game.
Pick: Jets +7.5