New York Jets at Tennessee Titans December 17th, 2012
Eric Roberts 2012-12-17 in SBO Weekly
Five reasons to watch the game tonight
Monday Night Football New York Jets at Tennessee Titans -1 OvUn 42.5
December 17th, 2012 TV: ESPN 8:20
The Jets face the Titans on Monday Night Football in a game that most of the nation will have little interest in. Still, we’re here to break down the teams and betting action in this mundane matchup.
New York at 6-7 is still in the playoff race, but will need to win out and need some losses from other contenders to have a chance at making the postseason. The Jets edged out the Jaguars last week 17-10, in a boring game with two inept offenses.
The pathetic Jets offense has totaled just 559 yards in the past two games, and just over 200 yards passing. Mark Sanchez and the Jets offense have struggled even against the worst competition. The embattled QB has thrown no touchdowns and three interceptions in the past two games.
If the Jets are to get it done on offense against the Titans it will likely be on the ground., The combo of Bilal Powell and Shonn Greene has accounted for 317 yards in the past two weeks. They should have free reign against the Titans’ bottom five scoring defense and 23rd ranked rush defense. Powell is battling a fracture in his toe but should be ready for game action. Greene will likely see an increase in workload.
The Titans were off to a great start against the fearsome Colts last week in Indianapolis, but ended up blowing a 20-7 halftime lead, losing 27-23. Second year quarterback Jake Locker has been erratic this year but is clearly not afraid to air it out. He has thrown the ball more than 35 times the past three games. However, he has thrown just three touchdowns to go with seven interceptions.
Tennessee also took a huge blow to their offense last week as tight end Jared Cook tore a rotator cuff, and will be out for the rest of the season. He was second on the team in yards and receptions.
The number opened at Tennessee -1, which is mostly still available, but some books have the game at -2. The total opened at 42 and is now at 41.5 across the board.
We’re hard pressed to pick a winner in this matchup so we’ll go after the total. Both teams should be running the ball early and often in this matchup and only Locker will be airing out if the Titans decide to throw. However, his weapons should be diminished against a tough Jets pass defense, especially after losing Jared Cook. Chris Johnson could be a game breaker for the Titans, and whichever team has a lead late will likely be running on 1st and 2nd down, throwing an incomplete pass and then punting. It’s just that type of game.
Eric has been a sports journalist for over 20 years and has travelled the world covering top sporting events for a number of publications. He also has a passion for betting and uses his in-depth knowledge of the sports world to pinpoint outstanding odds and value betting opportunities.
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