As the holiday season approaches, this could be a continued period of goodwill for fans of New York’s football teams. With a massive game upcoming between the Bills and the Jets in game week 14 and the Giants making the trip to Philly to face the Eagles, there’s plenty to be excited about. And there’s plenty to bet on.
The Bills have enjoyed their best start to a season for several years in the AFC East, though the NFL betting sites remain cautious about their chances of staying top of the standings come season end. Meanwhile, the Jets are still available at long odds but might still be well-fancied to make the playoffs. Over in the NFC, the Giants remain a wildcard chance to end their five-year postseason drought. So where’s the smart money landing ahead of another massive game week?
The Jets' fading hopes in AFC East add a further twist of intrigue to this clash of New York State teams. A narrow 27-22 defeat at the hands of the Vikings last time out may yet come back to haunt them come the end of the season. However, Robert Saleh will remain confident that if his men can play as they did in the second half of that game then they can get this game over the line.
The Bills may be a -9 point favorite on the spread but the Jets have already taken down their state rivals earlier in the season. That said, the table-topping Bills have a home advantage this time around, a fact that reflects in the Bills offered at around -450 on the moneyline. If the Jets can overcome their own odds at +340 it will restore confidence that they can be capable of making a statement to other teams in the postseason - should they make it that far.
As for the end-of-season postings, the Bills remain favorites to top the league at +180 while the Jets are understandably way out at +5,000. Meanwhile, now may be a good time to get on the Buffalo team for the Super Bowl. Installed as favorites, they’re still a healthy +400 while the Jets remain completely unfancied at +10,000. That’s an interesting one for Bills fans as their team was +600 at the start of the season and the shift line only demonstrates that they’ve performed as well as they were expected to.
Down in Philly, the in-form Eagles are hotly tipped to continue their current winning streak to make it four victories in a row and remain happily perched atop NFC East. There appears to be little value in backing the Giants who are winless since November 13. The New Yorkers played out a thriller in their last game with a 20-20 tie against the Washington Commanders. The Giants were 2.5-point underdogs on the spread though so won the ATS. This time out, the Eagles will start the game as -7 favorites and those odds look deserved.
It could be a relatively healthy game this one, scoring-wise. The over/under stands at around 45.5. The Giants have returned an average of a little over 20 points a game this season and have allowed in 21 points while struggling in coverage. On the other hand, the Eagles have been consistent in the offense department with a season average of 28.2 points. That alone might sway bettors to opt for the over.
The Eagles are -320 on the moneyline while the Giants are +260. The Giants need to return something of note to stay in the wildcard race, standing as they are in sixth place. The Eagles remain the form team in the league with an 11-1 record.
The Dallas Cowboys remain locked in battle with the Philadelphia Eagles for top spot in the NFC. You’ll get odds of around +300 on the Dallas team to finish first while the Eagles are priced at roughly +160. That’s largely owing to the Eagles being two games ahead - fixtures in which they stretched their lead at the top. The odds for both of these teams to ultimately win football’s biggest prize - the Super Bowl - are fairly similar with the Eagles at +500 and the Cowboys around +700.
Once we’ve caught our collective breaths, Gameweek 15 will soon be upon us and it already looks like it's going to be a fascinating one. The top two in the AFC East - Bills and Dolphins play each other as do the pair at the bottom - when the Giants head to Washington to take on the Commanders. At MetLife, the Jets will play the Detroit Lions in a clash in which the NY team came off second-best just a few short weeks ago, losing 31-18. There’s plenty still to be settled in the NFL regular season but the next two weeks will tell us much more.