Where Do Jets, Giants Stand in Playoff Race?

Where Do Jets, Giants Stand in Playoff Race?
By Lou Monaco
Fact Checked by Pat McLoone

With four games remaining in the regular season, there might not be two bigger games for the New York Jets and New York Giants than the ones on Sunday.

New York sportsbooks no doubt have prospered as the Jets and Giants have continued to chase playoff berths.

Jets Go Back to Wilson

The New York Jets will see if former starting quarterback Zach Wilson has learned his lesson after his three-week benching.

Wilson was named the starting quarterback Friday for injured quarterback Mike White, who was not cleared for contact by team doctors due to a rib injury he had suffered in last week’s road loss to the Buffalo Bills.

On Sunday, Wilson and the Jets host the NFC’s Detroit Lions (6-7), who are also pushing for the postseason (CBS, 1 p.m.).

White played with passion and showed a resiliency that had sparked the Jets’ offense by opening up the team’s passing attack after taking over as the starter in Week 12. He has thrown twice for more than 300 yards.

Wilson, the team’s No. 2 overall pick from BYU in 2021, now has a chance to re-engage himself not only among his teammates but with the rabid fanbase.

As of early Friday afternoon at DraftKings Sportsbook NY, the Lions are a 1-point and -115 moneyline favorite over the Jets.

New York is at -105 on the moneyline with the game’s over/under point total at 44.

The Jets have won four of their last five meetings against the Lions, including a 48-17 road triumph in their last matchup in 2018.

Giants Hit Road in Rivalry Showdown

The hope for Sunday night is that a winner can be decided and a jump ahead in playoff chances can be secured as the New York Giants (7-5-1) visit an NFC East rival, the Washington Commanders (7-5-1), at 8:20 p.m. on NBC. 

Both teams managed a 20-20 tie at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford on Dec. 3 and both are going in opposite directions.

The Giants are 0-1-3 in their last four games. Washington, coming off a bye week, is 3-0-1.

DraftKings makes the Commanders a 4.5-point and -210 moneyline favorite over the Giants. New York is +180 as a moneyline underdog with the game’s over/under point total at 40.5.

FanDuel Odds to Make Playoffs

Here are the odds and implied probability in New York NFL betting to make the playoffs, per Fan Duel. 

TeamOdds to Make PlayoffsImplied Probabilty
 🏈 New York Jets-16038.46%
 🏈 New York Giants+11047.62

The city will have a much better and clearer playoff picture for both teams come Monday. 

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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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