Week 12 brings a few exciting games, but the New York Jets and Houston Texans matchup isn’t one of them.
These two teams are playing out the string at this point and already have an eye towards the 2022 NFL Draft.
Let’s try to add some life to this potentially ugly matchup by discussing which sides of the moneyline and total to consider.
Mike Barner’s season record: 14-20-1 (-8.16 units)
Jets vs. Texans Prediction
The Jets suffered yet another loss in Week 11, falling 24-17 to the Dolphins. Joe Flacco played well in his first start at quarterback, throwing for 291 yards and two touchdowns.
It’s unclear if Flacco will start in Week 12, though, with Zach Wilson (knee) inching his way closer to a return.
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One of the biggest upsets of Week 11 was the Texans knocking off the Tennessee Titans to earn just their second win of the season. Their defense stepped up in a big way, intercepting Ryan Tannehill four times while holding Tennessee to only 13 points.
The bad news for the Texans was that their offense was disappointing yet again. Tyrod Taylor threw for just 107 yards and did not record a touchdown pass. While they did have two rushing touchdowns, they could only generate 83 rushing yards on 38 carries.
As underwhelming as Taylor was versus the Titans, having him back is still a major upgrade over Davis Mills. If the Jets return to Wilson at quarterback, he could actually be a downgrade from Flacco.
Add in home-field advantage, and the Texans could actually win two in a row.
Prediction: Texans 20, Jets 17
Jets vs. Texans Best Bets
Best Bet: Texans Moneyline (-145) at Caesars
Wager: 1 unit
This game being at home could be a boon for the Texans. They have a 1-3 record there, and one of their losses came by only three points to the New England Patriots. They are 1-5 on the road, with all five losses coming by at least eight points.
As previously mentioned, the Jets might perform worse if they switch from Flacco back to Wilson. His rookie season has been a disaster, with him recording four touchdown passes compared to nine interceptions. Oddly enough, the only game he’s won this season was also an upset over the Titans.
Regardless of who is under center, the Jets could be looking at their fourth straight loss, making the moneyline our NFL bet of the day.
Best Bet: Under 44 Points (-110) at Caesars
Wager: 1 unit
These two teams have been awful offensively. The Jets are averaging 17.8 points per game, which is the fifth-fewest per game in the league. The Texans have been even worse, averaging a league-worst 15 points per game.
Based on their two offenses, the under here seems like a slam dunk based on our NFL gameday odds. There is some reason to pause, however, considering the Texans and Jets have allowed 27.1 and 32 points per game, respectively.
With that being said, neither one of these two teams has enough weapons on offense to exploit the others’ defensive woes.
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