Jets vs. Giants Point Spread: NFL Pre-Season Week 1 Odds, Prediction

Jeremy Perry | Updated Aug 11, 2021

The NFL pre-season officially gets underway for both the Jets and Giants in the battle of New York.

N.Y. Jets
August 14, 2021, 7:30 PM ET
MetLife Stadium
Pointspread -2.5 -115
Moneyline -152
Over / Under o +34
Pointspread +2.5 -105
Moneyline +127
Over / Under u +34

The Jets are coming off an incredibly rough 2-14 season in 2020 and hope to gather some positives early on – especially with rookie quarterback Zach Wilson under centre. Meanwhile, the Giants ended last season with a 6-10 record and surprisingly were one game away from clinching a postseason spot. However, nobody was really that excited given that teams were in the horrendous NFC East.  Both teams are trying to build a strong foundation, so this contest could prove more important than some people think.

The Jets are favoured to win on the NFL pre-season odds with a total of 35.

NFL Point Spread and Betting Analysis

We really don’t have a lot of intel to go off of here. Joe Judge, the head coach of the New York Giants, is in his second year on the job but the teams didn’t play preseason games last season due to COVID-19. We don’t really know whether he cares about these games or not. The same can be said about New York Jets head coach Robert Saleh, who is making his coaching debut on Saturday.

New York Jets

This matchup will be the very first time that we see the rookie Zach Wilson hit the field in the NFL. The 2021 No. 2 overall pick was reportedly having some struggles in training camp but has a serious opportunity to prove that he is the real deal here – even if it is in limited action. We really don’t know how long he’ll play as he needs the reps, but the Jets are also giving him the starting job, so they can’t afford an injury.

The team will also be taking a very close look at their other first round pick, offensive lineman Alijah Vera-Tucker. Objectively speaking, things can’t really get worse for the Jets this season. This game should be a great indicator of how their younger players are developing and whether they’ve bottomed out or are in for another rough season.

New York Giants

The Giants quarterback situation is a little bit clearer and they do appear to have a better rotation for betting purposes. You can expect Daniel Jones to get some work early on in the game, but he is likely not going to be in for long. Both Mike Glennon and Clayton Thorson will be getting the rest of the reps after Jones steps out. Glennon is an experienced NFL vet, so if he’s coming in against backups, that could give the Giants an edge. Those quarterbacks, however, shouldn’t expect to see Saquon Barkley on the field as he is still rehabbing from a torn ACL.

The Giants’ offensive line is also going to be a major factor here as that has been a glaring need for them in the past couple of seasons. They put some work into it during the offseason and this matchup will see how far they have come. The team does have lots of depth at wide receiver, so that should help. Kenny Golladay and Sterling Shepard might not play much, but Darius Slayton, John Ross and Dante Pettis all have NFL action, and first-round pick Kadarius Toney will be on display too.

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