New York Jets and Minnesota Vikings collide in week 14 NFL betting, a game firmly cornered in the hosts' camp across sports betting exchanges. Here is our preview, complete with NFL odds and picks.
New York Jets (2-10, 0-5 away)
The New York Jets are proving to be a laughing stock this season. Based on the talent of their bench, they should be performing way better than their 2-10 SU record on the season. No matter what they do, they can't seem to buy a win no matter how hard they try. Not only do they struggle against the teams they are supposed to struggle against, but they also end up battling modest teams to the finish only to lose the battle, and inexplicably succumb to lesser teams on paper as well. On the bright side, NFL bettors can count on (with almost absolute certainty) cashing on a bet against the Jets on their NFL picks.
Jets descend on the Vikings riding a two-game losing streak, which includes losses to divisional rivals Bills and Dolphins, respectively. Outscored 54-to-16 combined for a 38-point differential or 19-point margin of defeat, the Jets have reached a new nadir since coming off a week 11 bye. Overall, the Jets are 2-10 SU and 3-8-1 ATS with a 10.4-point margin of defeat. On the road, they are a debilitating 0-5 SU, 1-3-1 ATS with a 13.5-point margin of defeat.
Minnesota Vikings (5-7 SU, 3-3 home)
For a team that is in transition, rebuilding under a rookie quarterback and dealing with a whole slew of unexpected setbacks, a 5-7 SU record isn't bad at all. Certainly, it's better than most expected at the time when news of Adrian Peterson's suspension and the decision to begin the Teddy Bridgewater era were announced.
The Vikings have been reliable on the NFL trading floor: they've lost to teams they were expected to for the most part, save for the Atlanta Falcons earlier this season. They've held their own against modest teams, even pulling off the wins and they've beaten lesser teams when they were expected to, including last week's 31-13 win over the Carolina Panthers as the 3-point home chalk. Overall, the Vikings are 5-7 SU and 7-5 ATS on the season. At home, they are 4-2 ATS this season.
NFL Betting Verdict: Vikings -6 over Jets
The NFL betting odds on this game opened at around 4.5-to5-points across most sportsbooks but as we approach kick off it continues to swell. Midweek lines are up to 6-points, even 7-points on some NFL odds boards, and approximately 60% of public money coming down the wire is on the Vikings to cover the ever-growing spread.
At first glance the growing spread may seem concerning, even a trap. But considering the Vikings are after a respectable 24-21 loss to the Packers at home and a convincing 31-13 win over the Panthers at home, there is good reason to believe both offense and defense will do its part to come through for NFL bettors in their third straight home game.
Another thing NFL bettors can hang their hats on is the meltdown-prone Jets. A meltdown by the Jets can almost always be relied on: they suffered a late meltdown last week against the Dolphins in a 16-13 loss, and they suffered a meltdown right out of the gates in a 38-3 loss to the Bills a fortnight ago.
Then there is the continued unreliability of Geno Smith and his penchant for picks. He has 11 picks this season, fifth worst in the league. It goes without saying that number could have been worse had he not been benched for a few weeks.
All in all, this is a game for the Vikings to win or lose on home turf. Jets are in the doldrums, they have no confidence in their game or their quarterback. Take the Vikings on your NFL picks both SU and ATS.
Free NFL Pick: Vikings -6.0 at BookMaker