|Written by Michael|
Bet on the NFL This Sunday at 4:30PM Eastern Standard, CBS will feature the NFL playoff season Divisional Playoffs. In a true battle for the AFC Championship title we will see the New England Patriots vs. the New York Jets. The top seed Patriots are the favorites for Super Bowl 45. The Pats won 8 consecutive games and remained undefeated at home, they also lead the league with 518 points scored this season, and when placing your Super Bowl bets note that the second-best scoring team in the NFL was the Chargers at 441 points. That’s an almost 15% difference!
As for the New York Jets, they are more about defense than offense. In almost half of their regular season games this year they were able to keep their opposition in check and under 14 points. This defensive strategy was also obvious in last weekend’s wildcard game vs. the Indianapolis Colts. The Jets were able to hold the Colts to a mere 16 points. When considering your Jets bets, note that only one team has ever held the Colts under 17 points. The big questions to ponder when betting on the divisional playoffs are what is more potent, the Jets’ defense, or the Pats’ home field advantage?
Sportsbook lists the Pats as the minus 8.5 point home favorites with the total over under at 45.
Let’s look at their regular season record. The Pats and the Jets met twice this season. In their last matchup the New England Patriots took down the New York Jets at home in Week 13, the final score was an embarrassing 45-3. But the Jets embarrassed the Pats in Week 2 when they shut them out for the final 30, with the final score at 28-14. This was one of only two New England Patriots losses in the 2010 NFL regular season. The Jets have stepped up their game so far in the post season, forcing the Colts to rush the ball more than passing it, even though the Colts had averaged 42.4 pass attempts and 24.6 rush attempts per game this season. When betting on this Super Bowl matchup note that the Pats also have MVP candidate Tom Brady, by most accounts the best quarterback in the NFL.