NFL Picks: Jets vs. Giants Preseason Week 3

Jeff Grant

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 3:42 PM GMT

The New York Jets and New York Giants will play for city bragging rights Saturday, as the two teams get ready to face off Saturday.

Let’s take a closer look at the NFL betting odds for this non-conference matchup in Week 3 of the 2013 preseason at MetLife Stadium, with the opening kick-off scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET. What's the value sports pick in this match?

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Sanchez delivers

The New York Jets are 1-1 SUATS through two games of its exhibition schedule, as it picked up a 37-13 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars as 2.5-point home favorites last Saturday, while going ‘Over’ the betting total for a second consecutive contest.

Quarterback Mark Sanchez played the first three quarters due to rookie Geno Smith being hampered by an ankle injury—connecting on 23 of 36 passes for 294 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions in his first two games of action.

Problems inside the 20

(The other) New York has split its first two games, including a 20-12 setback to the Indianapolis Colts as two-point home favorites Sunday, while going ‘Under’ the betting total for the second time.

The Giants have settled for five field goals in six trips inside the red zone this year—scoring just nine of 28 potential points in four trips in the first half against the Colts in that situation.

Create pressure

NFL handicappers are certainly aware that the Jets rely heavily on creating pressure on the defensive end, which could prove troublesome with defensive end-turned-outside line backer Quinton Coples going down with a right ankle injury.

The Jets aren’t getting much respect in the NFL futures market due to their lack of playmakers on the offensive side of the football, which will place a lot of stress on the defensive unit throughout the 2013 campaign.

Offense may continue to struggle

The Giants have converted just 29 percent of their third-down opportunities during the preseason—a statistic that has led directly to scoring just 30 points in two games.

New York will have a hard time extending the field in this affair, with wide receiver Victor Cruz likely out until the regular season opener with a bruised heel.

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 Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Jets in their NFL picks, as head coach Rex Ryan has numerous ways to motivate his locker room in trying to win this football game, especially with Sanchez and Smith battling it out under center.

NFL Pick: Bet the NY Jets +2 on the spread at Bet365

(This line looks to be moving, so shop around for the best offer!)

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