The Atlanta Falcons and New York Jets both walked it off in Week 1 of the preseason and will look to carry that momentum in Week 2.
It was a back-and-forth battle in Detroit, as both the Falcons and Lions traded scores. Then, with under two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, Desmond Ridder threw a 21-yard touchdown on the run to give the Falcons the 27-23 victory.
It was a tale of two halves in Philadelphia, as the Eagles led 14-3 after 30 minutes of play. However, the Jets outscored the Eagles 21-7 in the second half, including Calvin Jackson‘s game-winning touchdown catch with 16 seconds left.
Let’s look at our Atlanta vs New York best bets and predictions for their preseason matchup on Monday, Aug. 22.
Falcons vs Jets Odds
The Falcons travel to MetLife Stadium as slight favorites over the Jets, according to our NFL odds. Both teams are expected to struggle during the regular season, as it is a rebuilding season for the Falcons and Jets.
Falcons vs Jets Implied Score
Falcons 20.75, Jets 18.75
This matchup features two teams looking to turn their franchises around. Both squads won their preseason Week 1 contests with under two minutes remaining, so this game will likely to go down to the wire.
Falcons vs Jets Pick of the Day
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Falcons vs Jets Matchup
New York starting quarterback Zach Wilson suffered a knee injury last week but luckily escaped with a meniscus tear and a bone bruise that’ll force him to miss just 2-4 weeks of action after successful surgery.
Falcons rookie wide receiver Drake London also suffered a knee injury last week, but it isn’t expected to be a long-term issue.
Falcons vs Jets Prediction
Jets 27, Falcons 24
With Wilson sidelined for at least the rest of the preseason, the Jets announced that Joe Flacco will start New York’s Week 1 matchup against the Baltimore Ravens, his former team. Flacco didn’t play in the Jets’ first preseason game, so he should see some reps against the Falcons.
The New York offense had plenty of players get touches in their win over the Eagles, as 15 different guys had either a carry or reception. La’Mical Perine carried the backfield workload with 10 carries for 51 yards while quarterback Chris Streveler led the Jets to their comeback victory, throwing for 62 yards and two touchdowns, along with rushing for 31 yards.
Marcus Mariota looked good in limited playing time against the Lions, completing two pass attempts for 36 yards, and rushing for 23 yards and a touchdown. Ridder should, again, shoulder most of the workload on Monday, as both QBs look to add a dynamic element to the Atlanta offense.
This is another game that won’t be decided until the very end, but the Jets should squeak out the victory at home.
Falcons vs Jets Bet Tips
Last week’s win was Atlanta’s second victory in their last 17 preseason games. Meanwhile, the Jets are unbeaten in the preseason under head coach Robert Saleh (3-0-1).
Falcons vs Jets Best Bets
Jets Moneyline (+115) at Caesars Sportsbook
With the Jets being the underdog in this matchup, it’s better to back them on the moneyline at plus-odds than the +2 spread at (-110). If the Falcons win, it’ll probably be by more than two points.
New York has the better depth across the board, and that’ll be on full display on Monday. The defense was aggressive against Philadelphia, with five sacks and seven QB hits. Though the Falcons didn’t give up any sacks against the Lions, they’ll have a harder time containing the Jets’ front seven.
Back the Jets to win outright as our NFL pick of the day.
Over 39.5 Total Points (-110) at Caesars Sportsbook
Of the 17 preseason games that have been played so far, 11 of them saw both teams score 20 or more points. The Jets and Falcons were both part of these shootouts (at least by preseason standards), so it’s more than likely this game will follow suit.
Both teams have holes to fill on offense, and preseason is the best place for young players to showcase their skills. Look for this to be another high-scoring matchup.