Ravens Open as Heavy 14.5-Point Favorites vs Jets on TNF Week 15

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The 11-2 Baltimore Ravens are 14.5-point favorites over the New York Jets on Thursday Night Football. Photo by Keith Allison (Flickr).
  • The Baltimore Ravens are afforded their largest point spread of the season this week, 14.5 points over the New York Jets
  • Baltimore is 1-2 against the spread this season as the double-digit chalk
  • The Jets are 1-1 ATS as a double-digit underdog in 2019

Remember that time when the New York Jets faced the NFL’s best team from Baltimore as 18-point underdogs and Jets quarterback Joe Namath guaranteed victory?

Yeah, that’s not happening this week.

The Jets posted their most famous victory against the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl 3. But there’s nothing famous or super about this season’s edition of the Jets. And those aren’t the Colts lining up across the field from them. It’s the Baltimore Ravens.

About the only similarity in this scenario is that 11-2 Baltimore is once again the NFL’s best team.

The opening odds on the Thursday Night Football clash between these two AFC teams list Baltimore as 14.5-point favorites.

New York Jets vs Baltimore Ravens Odds

Team Moneyline Spread Total
New York Jets +550 +14.5 (-115) Over 44.5 (-110)
Baltimore Ravens -800 -14.5 (-105) Under 44.5 (-110)

Odds taken Dec. 8.

Baltimore is 2-4 against the spread at home this season. The Jets are 2-4 ATS on the road this season.

Jets Are Banged Up And Brutal

Miami and the Jets combined to make NFL history on Sunday. The two teams successfully kicked 10 field goals, the most ever in a single game.

New York’s AFC squad has been assessed the second-most penalty yardage in the NFL this season. Only the Jacksonville Jaguars (1,015) have seen more yards walked off against them than the 5-8 Jets (968).

The Adam Gase-coached Jets lead the NFL in pass interference (16) and delay of game (7) infractions.

New York also has a league-high 15 players on injured reserve. The list occupying sick bay own a combined salary cap hit of $61.5 million.

The team has suited up 68 players, second-most in the NFL and a franchise record. Only five players have started every game. On offense, they’ve started three quarterbacks and nine different offensive lineman. The defense has utilized six cornerbacks and eight linebackers.

In Sunday’s win over Miami, the Jets were without running back Le’Veon Bell (illness) and safety Jamal Adams (sprained ankle). Both are Pro Bowl players. It was the first game Adams ever missed during his NFL career.

Fourteen Unlucky Number For Jets, Gase

That opening line must be a haunting one for Gase. The number 14 has filled his nightmares as an NFL head coach.

Overall, Gase has a 25-33 mark in charge of NFL teams. But 25 of those losses were double-digit setbacks, 23 of them by 14 or more points.

The Jets have lost six games by 14 or more points this season, tied with the Cincinnati Bengals and New York Giants for the most in the league. And they’ve been officially eliminated from the NFL playoffs in Week 14 the past two seasons.

Gase is also the only head coach in NFL history to lose multiple games in a single season to teams 0-7 or worse. The Jets were beaten by the 0-7 Dolphins and the 0-11 Bengals.

Line Will Roll With Ravens

The Jets are 1-4 ATS in their last five road games. New York is 1-4 straight up against the AFC East. Baltimore is 3-0 SU and ATS against the AFC East.

Sure, 14.5 points is a lot to give but the Jets managed to lose 31-6 as 14-point underdogs to the 5-7 Philadelphia Eagles. The Ravens gave 10.5 points to the Bengals and won by 36.  The Jets got 2.5 points against the Bengals and lost outright by 16.

Baltimore is 8-2 SU and ATS all-time against the Jets and 8-0 SU and ATS against them at home.

This is a big line that’s only going to get bigger.

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