Could it be possible that the New England Patriots have regained their old form and old swagger? That is one of the things that football bettors at America’s Bookie are wondering about coming into the Thursday night matchup against the New York Jets that will be nationally-televised on CBS.
Only a couple weeks ago many people had left the Pats for dead, but they have come roaring back with two impressive victories, and Tom Brady is coming off perhaps his best game of the season. These clubs will meet up at 8:25 PM PT at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA.
The Patriots, who are 4-2 straight up and 3-3 against the football point spread, are doing some things a little different than they did up to and including their humiliating defeat against the Kansas City Chiefs; a 41-14 beatdown that took place on a Monday night, so the whole nation could see. Brady is now using Brandon LaFell much more as a downfield target, and he had 97 yards receiving last week against Buffalo, including two touchdown catches. Rob Gronkowski, the All-Pro tight end, is also becoming more of a part of the offense (26 catches, 341 yards). And that is bad news for enemy defenses.
In the Thursday night football betting odds that have been posted at America’s Bookie on this game, the Patriots are double-digit favorites:
New England Patriots -10 (-105)
New York Jets +10 (-115)
Over 44 Points -110
Under 44 Points -110
Brady has now completed 63% of his passes, and after a four-touchdown effort against the Bills, he now has a ratio of ten TDs to just two interceptions. He also showed once again why he has Buffalo’s number, as he has won 23 at the last 25 games he has played against them.
On Thursday night, football bettors will see multiple targets on the other end of his passes. We already mentioned a couple of the others. Also, Julian Edelman has 40 receptions, which is twice that of the Jets’ leading wide receiver (either Eric Decker or Jeremy Kerley). And he will have a vulnerable secondary to attack. The Jets have just one interception this season, and they have lost cornerback Dee Milliner, perhaps for the rest of the year.
Meanwhile, America’s Bookie customers are wondering whether Darrelle Revis is going to be able to extract a little bit of payback against his former team. If you recall, Revis built an All-Pro reputation with the Jets, but he was traded as soon as general manager John Idzik was hired. After he was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the offseason, he wanted to come back to the Jets, but Idzik was not interested. So instead Revis hooked up with Bill Belichick and the Patriots, who have been delighted with him.
Make no mistake about the fact that the Jets often come prepared to defend against Brady. In last year’s meeting at Foxborough, New England had only nine first downs in a very shaky 13-10 victory. However, they have won twelve straight regular season games at home, so the Jets, who had been going through quite a few offensive struggles, not only with second-year quarterback Geno Smith, but with a sporadic running game (31 yards rushing last week), have an uphill battle.
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