by Ian S. Palmer
There’s a rare Saturday night NFL clash this weekend as the New York Jets head down to Texas to take on the Dallas Cowboys at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington on December 12. The Cowboys season has been a bit of a write off this year due to the loss of starting quarterback Tony Romo for most of the campaign. They dropped a 28-7 road decision to the Green Bay Packers last Sunday and occupy the basement of the NFC East with a record of 4-9. However, there’s still a slim possibility of making the playoffs. To do so though, they’ll need to triumph over the Jets on Saturday. The Jets enter the game on a three-match winning streak and their playoff hopes are very much alive. They own second place in the AFC East with a mark of 8-5 after thumping the Tennessee Titans 30-8 last weekend.
Jets vs Cowboys – Pinnacle NFL BETTING LINE:
- Pinnacle currently lists the Jets at -3.5 at +105 with the Cowboys +3.5 at -116 and the over/under at 42 points with the over at -102 and the under -108
The Jets’ defense was first rate against the Titans as they limited them to 292 yards. The rush defense was exceptional by conceding just 24 yards on the ground. The Titans’ rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota was sacked five times, picked off once, and didn’t throw a touchdown pass. The jets allow just 19.7 points against per game which ranks them eighth-best in the league. They also allow just 323.8 total yards against which ranks as fifth-best and will be hard for the Cowboys to break down. The two clubs have met just twice in Dallas since 1999 and they’ve both gone 1-1 against the spread and straight up in those encounters.
Running back Chris Ivory gained 101 ground yards against the Titans after failing to reach the 100-yard barrier in his seven previous outings. The average 117.7 rushing yards per week to rank 10th in the NFL. New York also has a decent aerial attack and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick threw three touchdown passes and 263 yards against Tennessee without an interception as he went 21 for 36. The Jets average 371 yards in the air per game this year, so they were below par in that department on Sunday, but it didn’t make a difference. The Jets have gone 5-4-1 against the spread on their past 10 road trips.
Dallas will finish with a sub .500 record this campaign, but there’s a faint chance they can grab the NFC East crown. The Cowboys have to win against the Jets and that’s not going to be easy. Dallas managed to gain a total of just 270 yards against the Packers and made it to the red zone just twice. Quarterback Matt Cassel threw for only 114 passing yards and was picked off once. He didn’t manage a touchdown pass either as he completed 13 out of his 29 pass attempts. Cassel will be facing the best run defense in the league as the Jets allow just 78.9 yards against on the ground per game, so he’ll need to be effective in the air.
If Dallas does run the ball, Darren McFadden should be the man as he rushed for 111 yards against Green Bay. Dez Bryant had a rough outing in week 14 though as he caught four of nine passes for a touchdown and just 45 yards. New York should extend their winning streak on Saturday night.
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