Jets, Giants Week 5 Underdogs Coming Off Of First Victories

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By Lou Monaco

Some positivity came out of Week 4 for both New York football teams, and they both hope it carries over to this week. Both the Giants and Jets are coming off of their first victories of the season, and both are 1-3 heading into Week 5.

The New York Jets (1-3) and Atlanta Falcons (1-3) will play at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London on Sunday morning. First kickoff is set for 9:30 a.m. ET (NFL Network) so New York gambling can get started early.

The Jets are a slight 2.5-point underdog at Tipico Sportsbook and Caesars Sportsbook; the Falcons are favored by 3 at BetMGM, DraftKings and PlayUp. Jets moneyline numbers include +120 (BetMGM), +125 (DraftKings, PlayUp, Tipico) and +130 (Caesars). Over/under total points on all five mobile sportsbooks range from 45-45.5 as of Friday morning.

Last week, after trailing 9-7 at halftime, the Jets used a 17-point second half to upend the Tennessee Titans, 27-24, in overtime at home.

Rookie quarterback Zach Wilson is the first Jets QB with two-plus pass TDs in two of his first four career starts since Chad Pennington in 2002. Sunday’s highlight was a 53-yard TD pass to Corey Davis in the fourth quarter to give the Jets a 24-17 lead.

Huge games from Davis (4 catches, 111 yards), Keelan Cole (3 catches, 92 yards) and Jamison Crowder (7 catches, 61 yards, 1 TD) finally gave Wilson the support he needed to earn his first career victory.

The Falcons missed a golden opportunity to get back to the .500 mark last Sunday with a 34-30 home loss to Washington. Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan completed 25 of 42 passes for 283 yards and four TDs, and Cordarrelle Patterson had 5 catches for 82 yards and 3 TDs (plus six rushes for 34 yards).

Jets-Falcons Prediction

Entering Sunday’s contest across the pond, rookie quarterbacks are 0-4 in London gams with a minus-78 point differential. I think that changes. Wilson is learning every week and finally has that win under his belt he and the team sought in this young season.

He needs to continue to get the ball in the hands of his capable receivers as he did against the Titans, and the Jets need to get quality stops from the defense.

I really thought the Falcons would find a way to get it done after their first win at the Giants on Sept. 26. Ryan will continue to lead the offense, but I think the Jets defense will step up in a huge spot for a very happy trip home. Jets 27, Falcons 21.

Giants Square Off With Cowboys

New York Giants (1-3) visit the NFC East Division-leading Dallas Cowboys (3-1) on Sunday with kickoff set for 4:25 p.m. ET (FOX).

The Giants are a 7-point underdog on three mobile sportsbooks (BetMGM, Caesars, DraftKings) and are considerable moneyline underdogs at +240 (DraftKings) and +260 (BetMGM, Caesars). The Dallas moneyline is -305 (DraftKings), -330 (Caesars) or -350 (BetMGM). Over/under total points range from 52-52.5 on all three sportsbooks mentioned for sports betting in NY.

Last week, Giants quarterback Daniel Jones completed 28 of 40 passes for 402 yards, two TDs and one INT in a 27-21 come-from-behind overtime victory at New Orleans. Jones continues to show signs of confidence and improvement. He also added four carries for 27 yards.

Running back Saquon Barkley also is continuing his progress in his return from injury; he had 13 carries, 52 yards and a 6-yard TD run in overtime against the Saints to secure the win. Barkley added five catches for 74 yards and a TD.

Wide receiver Kenny Golladay was Jones’ main target with six catches for 116 yards.

Meanwhile, the Cowboys trailed 14-13 at halftime but used a 20-point third quarter to defeat Carolina, 36-28, at home, handing the Panthers their first loss.

Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott continued to impress in his return from injury, completing 14 of 22 passes for 188 yards and four TDs. But running back Ezekiel Elliott powered the offense with 143 yards on 20 carries with one TD.

Giants-Cowboys Prediction

This is a huge game for the Giants because they can put themselves right back in the NFC East chase with a win. Jones, Barkley and Golladay must continue to pace the offense, and the Giants defense must raise their game another notch against the high-powered Cowboys.

The thought here is New York keeps it close for three quarters, but Dallas pulls away in the end. Look for more yardage through the air from Prescott and his receivers. Dallas 34, Giants 24.

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Lou Monaco
Lou Monaco had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene with emphasis on NJ and PA. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media (NJ.com) in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.
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Lou Monaco had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene with emphasis on NJ and PA. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media (NJ.com) in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.
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