New England Patriots at New York Jets

Kickoff: Sunday, at 1PM Eastern

Line: New England -3.5 Total: 43.5

When the New York Jets host the New England Patriots this Sunday, star Patriots receiver Rob Gronkowski is expected to finally return to the field. Drew Rosenhaus, Gronkowski’s agent, told a YouWager’s news source, “Rob Gronkowski has now been cleared by all his doctors to play Sunday in the Jets game.” Sportsbook bettors have missed seeing “Gronk” in the first six games in the 2013 NFL football wagering season, due to his recovery from several surgeries on his forearm and back. Gronkowski told YouWager’s source, “I’m just improving every week, that’s all, really. I mean, like I said, nothing’s changed man, and nothing has changed the whole time. And just the one thing that has changed actually is that I’m improving every week and it’s going good.” While Gronkowski has not played at all this season, he has been practicing with the Patriots. One of the most successful tight ends in the history of the National Football League, in his first three seasons, Gronkowski’s record includes 38 receiving touchdowns in 43 games. No other tight end in the NFL has had more than 25. Quarterback Tom Brady and company come to this contest after defeating the previously undefeated New Orleans Saints, and his team will want to keep the momentum going with a victory over the Jets. At YouWager, the Jets are 3.5 underdogs, at home. But New York’s young quarterback, Geno Smith has shown promise, and the Jets defense could still be formidable.

New York already lost to New England earlier this season. The Jets offense is currently averaging 17.3 points per game. This puts them at 29th in the league. Their offense has some talented players, but many online oddsmakers feel the Jets seem to lack a clear weapon in their arsenal. Quarterback Geno Smith has completed 59.5 percent of his throws, with 7 touchdowns, 8 interceptions, and he’s been sacked 21 times. New York’s defense has allowed opponents to score, on average, 22.5 points per game and claim 303.8 yards per game. This defense, rated 4th in the NFL, made 1 interception, 20 sacks, and recovered 7 fumbles.

The New England’s offense is averaging 20.8 points and 348.8 yards per game. Quarterback Tom Brady is completing only 56.9 percent of his passes these days, with 8 touchdowns 4 interceptions, and he’s been sacked 16 times this season. New England’s running game averages 4.0 yards per carry. On the other side of the ball, the Patriots defense is allowing opponents 16.2 points and 347.7 yards per game, on average. This unit has 7 interceptions, 14 sacks, and 6 fumble recoveries under their belts. The Patriots have not dazzled Internet wagering enthusiasts, but they keep winning.

The Jets are 2-5 against the spread in their last 7 home games, and 2-6 against the spread in their last 8 games at home against a team with a winning road record. The Patriots are 2-5 against the spread in their last 7 games following a cover, and 1-4 against the spread in their last 5 road games. They are 3.5 favorites at YouWager. The Total is 43.5. Game time on Sunday is 1PM Eastern.


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