NY Jets (8-5) at Dallas (4-9)
When: Saturday, December 19th 2015
Where: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX
Time: 8:30 ET | TV: NFL Network
The New York Jets look to continue their playoff push when they visit the Dallas Cowboys on Saturday Night Football. The Jets come in winners of three straight and the sixth seed in the AFC Playoffs, but they do not control their own destiny. They would need to win-out and have either Kansas City or Pittsburg lose once. The offense has been clicking in their current winning streak to the tune of 30 points a game. They’re coming off a 30-8 thrashing of the Titans last Sunday in which quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 263 yards and three touchdowns. His 24 touchdowns this season is just five shy of Vinny Testaverde’s franchise record. Wide receiver Brandon Marshall is also set to break another Jets record. He needs six catches to break Al Toon’s single-season mark of 93. Chris Ivory continues to run the ball well gaining 101 yards on 22 carries last week and is just 86 yards away from his first career 1,000 yard season. Backup Bilal Powell has found the end zone in each of the last two weeks while gaining 190 yards from scrimmage. The Jets rank 10th in both points scored and points allowed and are number one in rushing defense allowing only 78.9 yards a game. After Saturday, the Jets will host the Patriots and finish the regular season at Buffalo.
As good as the Jets have been on offense, the Cowboys have been the complete opposite. It’s been a very tough season in Dallas with Tony Romo on the shelf for most of it. Their once potent offense is now ranked 28th in the league and 29th in passing. Dez Bryant is also hurting, but Dallas says they will not shut him down while they still have a slim shot at the playoffs. It’s hard to believe that a team with the worst record in the NFC after 14 weeks still has a shot at the postseason, but that’s how bad the NFC East has been. The Cowboys blew a chance to keep pace with the rest of the East last week, who all won. Dallas laid an egg in Green Bay and lost 28-7. The only bright spot was Darren McFadden’s 111 yards on nine carries. Dallas has been limited to 14 points or less in five or their last nine games and are just 1-5 at home. A loss on Saturday could very well eliminate them by Sunday night. They still have a defense that’s playing hard and ranked 9th in the league overall and 4th against the pass.
This game smells like a trap. The Jets are much better and are playing lights-out. The public also agrees with this line as 75% of the betting public is on New York. I think the Dallas defense comes to play and keeps this one close.
Pick: Cowboys +3.5