Two teams facing some the longest NFL odds to make the playoffs do battle Sunday afternoon as the New York Jets visit the Buffalo Bills. Both teams face major question marks on the offensive side of the ball; the Jets are rolling with quarterback Josh McCown to direct a threadbare receiving corps, while the Bills have also remade their passing offense and will be equally challenged to score points.
New York Jets vs. Buffalo Bills
Point spread: Bills -7.5
Date: Sunday, September 10, 1 p.m.
New Era Field — Orchard Park, N.Y.
Point Spread and Betting Analysis
The Bills open the week favored by more than a touchdown on the Sports Interaction NFL odds board. Right now, about 55 percent of bettors like the Bills to cover.
It’s odd to see a team that gave away so much talent over the offseason – obviously with an eye toward 2018 – giving up so many points in any matchup. But that’s what oddsmakers think of the Jets, who likely won’t see a total above 45 all season. It’s worth noting that Buffalo has converted the over in eight straight home games, so perhaps we’ll see more scoring in this Week 1 matchup than oddsmakers think. The underdog has also covered the last four meetings.
New York Jets
The Jets are expected to be one of the worst offensive teams in football, though they attempted to address that shortcoming late in the offseason, acquiring wide receiver Jermaine Kearse from the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for defensive stalwart Sheldon Richardson. Still, Kearse isn’t going to move the needle for a Jets attack that will likely feature plenty of running back Bilal Powell, who has taken the reins from Matt Forte and is an underrated dual-threat weapon.
Buffalo was the busiest team off the field in the preseason, but still has a pair of offensive threats in quarterback Tyrod Taylor and running back LeSean McCoy. The release of second-string rusher Jonathan Williams and the promotion of Mike Tolbert as the No. 2 option suggests the Bills are going to run McCoy into the ground; his success should open things up for Taylor and his armada of unproven receivers, led by Eagles import Jordan Matthews.
Jets vs. Bills prediction
Bills 20, Jets 13