Saints vs. Jets NFL Week 14 Preview and Best Bet

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The New Orleans Saints take on the New York Jets on Sunday hoping to snap a five-game losing streak, the first of its kind in the Sean Payton era. On paper, they appear to have a straightforward matchup against the hapless New York Jets. The Jets are amongst the worst teams in the league and with three wins to their credit, their season is practically done and dusted.

Predictably, best sportsbooks are cornering this game with the Saints, but the NFL lines have come down across the board after opening on New Orleans -6.5. Currently, the Saints are trading as the 5.5 point favorites, which is down a point from the market’s initial offering.

New Orleans Saints vs. New York Jets

Sunday, December 12, 2021 – 01:00 PM EST at MetLife Stadium

Saints Lose Five in a Row

Even though Sean Payton made a change at the quarterback position, the outcome was the same as the Saints slipped to their fifth straight defeat, marking a new nadir in the long-time Saints head coach’s tenure in New Orleans.

Taysom Hill got the nod instead of Trevor Siemian in the hopes of sparking the Saints' offense. Alas, it didn’t go to plan as the Saints lost to the Dallas Cowboys at the Caesar’s Superdome 27-17. In addition, the Saints failed to cover as the 6.5-point home underdogs for ATS NFL picks.

It wasn’t all bad for Hill and the Saints' offense. There were pockets when they made some exciting plays, validating Payton’s decision to bench Siemian in favor of Hill, who’s spent his entire NFL career flitting between the tight end and quarterback position. On the downside, Hill tossed four interceptions in the game, helping Dallas to the 27-10 victory.

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Aside from the turnovers, a breakdown in defense also conspired against the Saints in an otherwise closely fought game through the first three quarters. The Saints were trailing 13-10 midway in the third quarter when the defense allowed Dallas to score a 58-yard rushing touchdown to take the 20-10 lead. After the Cowboys went up 27-10, the Saints scored a late-game touchdown to narrow the deficit on the scoreboard to 10 points – small consolation though it was.

Jets Revert Back to Losing Ways

A week after the Jets were boosted by their third win of the season, they reverted back to their losing ways and slipped to a 33-18 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. The NFL odds closed with the Jets at +5, but the outcome was nowhere near the market’s expectations.

The Eagles flipped the script by starting Gardiner Minshew in place of Jalen Hurts, who is dealing with an ankle injury. Both offenses started hot and the touchdowns dropped like flies in the game with Zach Wilson and Minshew going toe-to-toe. However, after the third touchdown drive, the Jets’ well dried up suddenly, and they wouldn’t score another touchdown in the game.

To their detriment, the Eagles didn’t ease up. They ruthlessly continued their scoring ways to hand the Jets another brutal defeat. As well, Wilson threw his eleventh interception on the season, continuing his streak of at least one interception per game this season.

The Jets' defense played a big factor in the defeat. Their inability to make any key stops and allowing the Eagles to ride roughshod over them proved deciding. Never mind, they made Minshew look almost elite as he shredded the Jets defense at will. That takes some doing. .

NFL Predictions and Picks

Taysom Hill suffered a finger injury against the Cowboys, which likely contributed to some of his errant throws. His status is day-to-day for this week’s clash with the Jets, but early reports suggest he’s likely to get the nod. How well he’ll play is another matter entirely, but after watching the Jets defense part like the Red Sea last Sunday, Hill may well enjoy a much better outing in his second start this season.

Zach Wilson enjoyed his best start all season, which could be a sign of his growing confidence. It’s easy to forget he’s only a rookie who has had a limited number of games in the NFL. Moreover, he’s coming off an injury, which likely has shaken him somewhat. The speed, physicality, hitting, and intensity of the NFL are nothing like college football.

If Wilson can build off of his auspicious start in Week 13, the Jets might have a chance to keep this game close, if not pull off the upset. It’s a longshot bet, but one worth making in a matchup between two teams that inspire little confidence either way.

NFL Pick: Jets +5.5 (-108) at Heritage Sports (visit our Heritage Sports Review)

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