NFL: Back the Jets to continue upward curve in Washington


NFL nut Kyle Brown (@Kyleianbrown) runs the rule over best bets from Sunday's Week 11 action.

New York Jets @ Washington Redskins | Sunday 17th November 2019, 18:00

The underwhelming New York Jets got back to winning ways last week against cross-town rivals the New York Giants. Their season was derailed following QB Sam Darnold being diagnosed with mono, however their 2-7 season record is perhaps not a real indicator of the ability that the team possesses.

Their opponents, the Washington Redskins, have been plagued with a lack of identity and a failure to stick with the one QB. Rookie Dwayne Haskins will take the lead against the Jets, but in three appearances this season he has yet to throw for a touchdown and has four interceptions to his name.

Considering the Redskins lone win this season came against the tanking Miami Dolphins, it’s hard to see them coming away with this match with a victory.

Jets, to my surprise, are underdogs, best priced at 23/20 on Bet365.

The only factor going against them in this match-up, I believe, is the fact they are the away side. Seemingly every other variable point towards a Jets win.

Offensively they are just as bad as each other, being ranked 30th and 32nd respectively in total yards per-game. But consider the fact those facts are a little skewed by the three games that the Jets played with their third-string QB and then you can maybe make the case that the Jets would be further up the table.

On the flip side, the Jets are ranked second against the run (81.9 yards per-game) and the Redskins are 28th (136.0 yards per-game). This is where the game will be won and lost.

The Jets have an all-purpose running back in Le’veon Bell that will cause havoc against the ‘Skins defence. But with the better QB, the Redskins would be naïve to focus all their efforts into stuffing the run. Darnold can be equally as efficient in the air.

Back the Jets to win (23/20 Bet365), my NAP of the week.

Houston Texans @ Baltimore Ravens | Sunday 17th November 2019, 18:00

MVP candidate Lamar Jackson is coming off a big game against divisional rivals the Cincinnati Bengals. He’s proven this season he can throw the ball just as well as he can run it.

In nine games this season, he has a 65.9% completion rate – 7.7% up on last year – 15 TD’s compared to last seasons six, and a QB rating of 101.7 compared with 2018’s 84.5. In almost every area, Jackson has made strides of improvement.

You can get him NOT to throw an interception at odds of 5/6 against the Houston Texans this week. He has five to his name in nine games, which doesn’t sound great, however, all five of them came in a two-week stretch (two against Cleveland in Week 4 and three against Pittsburgh in Week 5). He hasn’t thrown any interceptions in his last four weeks, despite that run including the New England Patirots and the Seattle Seahawks – two of the toughest defences he will face this season.

5/6 represents great value against a Houston defence that is ranked just 29th against the pass (277.3 yards per-game). With star DE J.J. Watt out for the season, Jackson will be under even less pressure than usual, so will have more time to pick and choose his passes, and less need to try make the riskier long pass.

Best Bets

New York Jets @ Washington Redskins – New York Jets to win (23/20 Bet365)

Houston Texans @ Baltimore Ravens – Lamar Jackson NOT to throw an Interception (5/6 SkyBet)

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As a journalism student consumed by sports on a daily basis, being paid to write about them would be the dream upon graduating (assuming I don’t get scouted last minute to play for Barcelona). I’m Scottish born and proudly support the national team, as well as Chelsea and the Chicago Bears. My family are all massive Rangers fans - regardless of what division they wake up in. I’ve started using statistics and data to make selections, rather than my gut. American Football is what I specialise in, and thankfully for me, it is a massively data-driven sport. Everything from pass completion to weather forecasts are taken into account. My love for numbers comes from my interest in poker. I play regularly online and at casinos, and every decision made requires thought into percentages and odds. Although there is an element of luck, it showed me that grasping an understanding of mathematics could prove to be very profitable.

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