NFL Picks: Eagles vs. Jets Preseason Week 4

Jeff Grant

Monday, August 26, 2013 11:57 AM GMT

Monday, Aug. 26, 2013 11:57 AM GMT

The New York Jets continue to create headlines during the preseason, as they prepare to host the Philadelphia Eagles Thursday.


Let’s take a closer look at the NFL betting odds for this non-conference matchup at MetLife Stadium, with the opening kickoff scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET.

Flying high

Philadelphia has won and covered the spread in its last two games, including a 31-24 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars as 4.5-point road favorites last Saturday, while going OVER the betting total of 44.5.

The Eagles are averaging 75 plays in their first three contests under first-year head coach Chip Kelly—a number that will likely increase during the regular season.

Survival mode

It seems like New York Jets are just trying to survive its exhibition schedule, as it improve to 2-1 straight up and against the spread with a 24-21 overtime victory over the New York Giants as one-point road favorites two days ago.

The Jets have won the statistical battle in all three of their games—but this week’s opponent has also accomplished that feat.

Foles will likely carry the load

Kelly has already named Michael Vick the starter for the regular season, which likely means that No. 2 signal-caller Nick Foles will get the nod in the preseason finale.  He completed 10 of 11 passes for 112 yards against the Jaguars.

Fourth round selection Matt Barkley will likely receive the majority of snaps in this affair, as the former USC Trojans star prepares for a season of watching from the sidelines once the games start to count towards the standings.

Controversy

The Jets continue to be the NFL’s closest version of a soap opera, with head coach Rex Ryan sending out four-year starter Mark Sanchez in the fourth quarter of a meaningless game—only to see him suffer a injury to his throwing shoulder.

New York’s quarterback battle continues to be a main story with the national media, but rookie Geno Smith didn’t take advantage of his chance to win the job, as he threw three interceptions in his first 20 throws versus the Jaguars.

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Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Jets for their NFL picks in this affair, as Ryan desperately needs to build some type of momentum heading into a season that could be his last in the Big Apple.

NFL Pick: New York Jets +3.5 bet 365

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