There is a very big difference between the playoff races in each of the conferences. In the AFC, only one team, the Kansas City Chiefs, have officially clinched a playoff spot. Things are a whole lot clearer in the NFC with 5 of the 7 postseason spots already clinched. While there are teams that have punched their ticket in, there is still a very tight battle for the coveted #1 seed. That is a 4-horse race at this point, with the defending Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the middle of that battle. They have a very winnable game this weekend when they go on the road to face the Jets as a 13-point favorite. The point total for this one is set at 45 ½. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at both teams and how they arrive to this Buccaneers vs Jets matchup so you can place your bets against their NFL odds.
NFL Betting Analysis for Buccaneers at New York
How to Bet On Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs New York Jets & TV Info
- When: Sunday, January 2 at 1 PM EST
- Where: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford
- TV: FOX
Why bet on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Buccaneers saw their hopes of getting the #1 seed and the opening round bye take a hit after a 9-0 loss to the New Orleans Saints a couple of weeks back. It was a rare poor showing from Tom Brady, who made some headlines after smashing a tablet on the sidelines. The Bucs recovered pretty quickly, though, hammering the Carolina Panthers last weekend. While this certainly looks like an easy win for the Buccaneers, you might be surprised at the lack of success they have had against the Jets. They are 1-8 SU in their last 9 versus the Jets and 0-7 in their last 7 visits to New York. They are also just 1-8 ATS in their last 9 versus the Jets, although we can expect things to be different with Tom Brady under center. The UNDER has hit in 5 of the last 7 for Tampa.
Why bet on the New York Jets
The Jets are an absolute mess this season, coming into the penultimate week of the season with a 4-11 record. They did, though, get a small ray of sunshine last weekend with a win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, although you do have to say that beating the Jags cannot be classified as a major achievement. While not great, the Jets have been better at home than on the road this season, grabbing 3 of their 4 wins on the season in their own building. Overall, the Jets have gone 5-11 ATS in their last 16 games and are also just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games at home. Previous meetings between these two teams have trended towards the under, but this season, the OVER has hit in 9 of the last 12 Jets games.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
This is one of those games that has the potential to be a trip-up game for the Buccaneers, but with the #1 seed still within reach, I just don’t see them letting down in what is essentially a must win game. I think the Bucs win and cover quite easily.
NFL Week 17 Betting Pick: Tampa Bay Buccaneers 39 New York Jets 13
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