By Adam Thompson | | 8 mins
4 New York Jets Prop Bets To Back Going Into The NFL Season
The New York Jets have been rebuilding for a long time now, with just one winning season in the last nine years. Last year’s 7-9 record was a step in the right direction, especially the 7-6 mark when QB Sam Darnold played.
Can the Jets take another step forward and be a contender in the AFC East, or will it be another sub-.500 campaign in the Big Apple?
Bookies.com reveals four NFL futures best bets for the New York Jets 2020 NFL season.
| Le’Veon Bell |
Over 1,375 Total Yards
| Sam Darnold|
Over 22.5 TD Passes
|Jets To Make Playoffs — No||-460 |
|Total Wins Under 6.5||-105 |
Odds current as of publication
Le’Veon Bell — Over 1,375 Total Yards (-129)
There’s no other way to say it: Le’Veon Bell was a bust for the Jets in 2019. Bell sat out all of 2018 demanding a megacontract from the Steelers. He signed a huge free-agent deal with the Jets and followed it up by averaging 3.2 yards per carry with three rushing TDs.
He held out during the preseason and simply never got going. The offensive line in front of him was among the worst in the NFL and the passing game wasn’t strong enough to take pressure of Bell, either. But there’s reason to expect a bounceback year.
The offensive line was overhauled, including the Jets using their first-round pick on mammoth tackle Mekhi Becton. Darnold is another year older and wiser. The receiving corps isn’t going to scare many defenses, so the offense should again revolve around Bell. He’ll get opportunities on the ground and in the pass game, and when he’s motivated and prepared to play, he’s still elite.
Last year was a nightmare but he still gained 1,250 total yards. His last two seasons in Pittsburgh he had 1,884 and 1,946..
Sam Darnold — Over 22.5 TDs (-110)
The offensive hasn’t been opened up for Darnold, who as a rookie averaged just 18.4 pass attempts per game and 21 per game last season.
But he goes for the big plays, for better or worse. He had 17 TDs and 15 INTs in 2018 with a 19-13 ratio in 2019. He’s looking for the end zone and we can expect a better output for 2020. Why? For one, Darnold spent much of last season running for his life, but the OL could have four new starters. That should allow Bell to be more effective, but also keep defenses a little more honest. If he plays 15-16 games, this is a very attainable touchdown total..
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Make the Playoffs — No (-460)
The Jets should be better as a team, but playoffs better? The AFC is going to be more balanced, but there are no gimme wins, not even vs. Miami.
As improved as the Jets are, the schedule is tougher and there are huge questions at receiver and cornerback. New York remains a year away in an AFC that features two elite teams and 10 or more teams battling in the middle of the pack..
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Totals Wins — Under 6.5 (-105)
The Jets went 7-6 when Darnold played in 2019 and it appears they improved this season. So why the Under in a prop that would mean they’re going 6-10 or worse? The schedule.
Home games against the Bills and Patriots won’t be easy, and the 49ers are coming to town as well. The other five — vs. the Dolphins, Broncos, Raiders, Browns and Cardinals — are virtual tossups at this point.
The road schedule is an absolute gauntlet, and the 21,000 miles traveled is the second-most in team history. New York will need to win at Miami, because the games at Buffalo, New England, Kansas City, Indianapolis, Seattle and in Los Angeles twice all look like losses waiting to happen.
New York has the second-toughest schedule in the NFL. The Jets may be on the right track but it’s not likely to show up in the standings..