Week 9 Thursday Night Football Odds Preview
AFC East rivals renew acquaintances on Thursday Night Football this week as the Buffalo Bills visit the New York Jets.
The Bills are a 3.5-point road favorite at Bovada Sportsbook as they go for their third straight win. Last week Buffalo defeated the Oakland Raiders 34-14 as a 1.5-point home favorite. Tyrod Taylor completed 20 of 27 passes for 165 yards with a touchdown pass and a TD run in the win. LeSean McCoy rushed for 151 yards and a TD on 27 carries. With the win, Buffalo improved to 4-1 straight up and 3-1-1 against the spread in its last five games.
Thursday night will see the Buffalo debut of wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin, acquired from Carolina at the trade deadline. No word from the Bills how much Benjamin will be involved just days after joining the team, but he should give a boost to a Buffalo passing attack that ranks third-last in the league.
The Jets are heading in the opposite direction after dropping their third in a row last week. New York lost to the Atlanta Falcons 25-20 as a 6.5-point underdog. Josh McCown completed 26 of 33 passes for 257 yards with two touchdowns for the Jets, but Bilal Powell was ineffective on the ground with only 33 rushing yards on 14 carries.
Despite their three-game losing streak, the Jets have been a solid play for bettors lately. New York covered the spread last week against Atlanta and is 5-0-1 ATS in the last six games. At home the Jets have won five in a row ATS with all five wins coming as the underdog.
The Bills will hope their recent success will help turn around what has been a dismal road record. In their last five road games, Buffalo is 1-4 SU and 1-3-1 ATS. In the last 14 road games, the team is a money-losing 4-8-2 ATS. Being listed as a road favorite hasn’t helped either as the Bills are 1-4 SU in their last five as road chalk.
Back in Week 1 the Bills opened their season with a 21-12 win over the Jets as a 7-point home favorite. In their last eight games against the Jets, the Bills are 6-2 SU and ATS. However, in their last seven road games against the Jets, Buffalo is only 2-5 SU and 3-4 ATS.