It’s hard enough to deal with one team in your city having a bad start. Two teams? Way worse.
After Monday night’s 24-3 uninspiring home loss by the New York Giants against Seattle, the Empire State now has two teams at 1-3, with the Jets playoff chances showing signs of promise while the Giants are searching for answers. Utilizing Champs or Chumps, EmpireStakes.com looked at how teams ended up after starting their season with an 1-3 record since 2012. Eighty-two teams have started 1-3 in the last 10 years.
Performance of NFL Teams Starting 1-3
Since 2012, 11 of 82 teams (13.4%) have made the playoffs starting 1-3. Two of those 11 teams (18.2%) won a Wild-Card round and just twice has a team tried to advance to a Divisional round to no avail. Last season, Detroit, Las Vegas, New England, Carolina, Pittsburgh, New Orleans and Washington all had 1-3 records to start, and all missed the postseason.
It’s no wonder the Jets Super Bowl odds and those of the Giants are struggling. But one team has more hope than the other.
Jets Taking Off Finally
Despite a tough 23-20 home loss to defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City on Sunday night, the New York Jets (1-2) have to shake it off and get ready for a trip out West to face Denver (1-3) at 4:25 p.m., Sunday (CBS).
They will do it on the promise and back of quarterback Zach Wilson, who had his best game of the season in completing 28-of-39 passes for 245 yards, two touchdowns and no interception and finally showing he can possibly lead this team the rest of the way after the devasting injury to starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers in Week 1.
At BetMGM New York, the Jets are 1.5-point and +105 money line underdogs to Denver (-125), with the over/under game total at 43.5 points. This game is of the utmost importance because Philadelphia comes to MetLife Stadium in Week 6 before their open week.
After the Monday night debacle against the Seahawks, and as the Giants Super Bowl odds continue to slip, they must get ready for an important two-game road trip, starting with a must-win trip to Miami (3-1) at 1 p.m., Sunday (FOX). At BetMGM, the Giants are huge 11-point, +425 money line underdogs to the Dolphins (-600), with the over/under game total at 49.5 points.
They then will visit upstate neighbor, the Buffalo Bills at 8:20 p.m., Oct. 15 (NBC) with the possibility of being 1-5. That would be a disastrous, potential season-ending scenario for a team that had aspirations of making the playoffs for the second straight season. While the two New York teams are struggling, the Bills Super Bowl odds are +700, tied with Philadelphia for the third best in the NFL.