With the NFL Draft just eight days away (April 28-30) in Las Vegas, the New York Jets will continue their rebuilding process under second-year quarterback Zach Wilson and second-year head coach Robert Saleh.
The Jets (4-13 last season) have two of the first 10 selections in the first round at No. 4 and No. 10, with two Friday second-round choices at No. 3 (No. 35 overall) and No. 6 (No. 38). That is four picks in the top 38, a bounty that could go a long way in changing the team’s fortunes.
Here is an earlier postseason look at the Jets’ draft needs.
Protecting Wilson with a stronger offensive line and providing the young quarterback with more offensive weapons is certainly on the must-to-do list, along with strengthening one of the worst defenses in the league. The Jets’ defense allowed the most points in the league (501) and the most points per game (29.6).
Along those same lines, looking at last year’s New York sports betting perspective, the Jets could improve in a lot of areas as well.
Inside the Betting Numbers
PointsBet Sportsbook New York provided EmpireStakes.com with against the spread data in 20 different wagering categories from last season, and the Jets were on the positive side of the ledger in only two: as a favorite (1-0) and as a home favorite (1-0). And even that was in Week 16 against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jets were a 2.5-point favorite.Some borderline numbers to improve on in NFL betting entering this season:
- Non-division games (5-6)
- As a home team (4-5)
- After a loss, AFC games and with equal rest (each at 5-7)
The numbers that must improve include:
- All games (6-11)
- As an underdog (5-11)
- As away team and as an away underdog (2-5)
- After a win (1-3)
- Non-conference games (1-4)
- AFC East Division games (1-5)
- With rest advantage (0-2)
Speaking of betting odds, be sure to check out EmpireStakes.com for the latest updates and New York sports betting promo codes.
The full NFL 2022 regular season schedule will be released in early May. The Jets’ home opponents will be their three AFC East opponents (Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots), along with the Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions and Jacksonville Jaguars.
Their road opponents (excluding their division rivals) will be the Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks.
Nets Try to Even Series
The Brooklyn Nets hope to rebound from a tough-to-swallow 115-114 loss to the Boston Celtics in Game 1 of their series tonight (TNT, 7 p.m.). Brooklyn lost the game on a spinning layup by Jayson Tatum at the buzzer.
An earlier story on EmpireStakes.com revealed some interesting numbers against the spread for the Nets.
According to DraftKings Sportsbook New York, the Barclays Center has not provided a home advantage at all this season, especially when it comes to the betting line. The Nets have posted a very sub-par 32-47-4 record at home ATS.
Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and the Nets will try to even the series tonight before coming home for Games 3-4 on Saturday and Monday.