Sports Betting Is The Only Thing Making The Jets And Giants Interesting This Season

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With each passing week, the likelihood of Trevor Lawrence playing his home games at Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford next year gets a little bit higher.

The New York Jets and Giants are a combined 0-10 entering Week 6, two of just three remaining winless teams in the NFL and, according to ESPN’s power rankings, the bottom two teams in the entire league.

It’s been a miserable season so far for the New York/New Jersey franchises and their fan bases. Thank goodness for sports gambling, the great equalizer.

The multitude of legal sportsbooks in New Jersey provide bettors with a variety of ways to wager on the local teams as they both approach one of the more winnable games on their respective remaining schedules.

The Giants, in fact, are favored (!) as they host the nameless team from Washington at 1 p.m. on Sunday. The Jets are far from favored as they travel to Miami for a 4 p.m. Sunday start, but this nevertheless represents one of the few remaining realistic chances for “Gang Green” to avoid going down in 0-16 ignominy.

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G-Men looking at lowest total on the board

If offensive firepower is your thing, look away from the Giants-Washington game.

The over/under on total points varies from as low as 42.5 at FanDuel Sportsbook to as high as 43.5 at BetMGM, with plenty of 43s in between — but at any of those numbers, it’s the lowest total of any NFL game this weekend.

The 0-5 Giants opened as 4-point favorites against 1-4 NFC East rival Washington, but that line has been on the move, as the betting public apparently rejected the idea of giving 4 points with the Giants against anyone, even a lowly Washington team with a revolving door of subpar quarterback options. As of Friday morning, the Giants were favored by 2.5 points at FanDuel, DraftKings, PointsBet, and bet365, and 3 points at FOX Bet and BetMGM.

Taking the winning margin out of the equation, the Giants were as low as -145 on the moneyline (at PointsBet and bet365) to get their first “W” of the season.

For Jets, it just keeps getting worse

Not only is Jets starting quarterback Sam Darnold still out with a sprained throwing shoulder and backup Joe Flacco looking every bit of his 35 years, but this week brought the demoralizing news that unhappy (and expensive) supposed franchise savior Le’Veon Bell forced his way out of the organization and onto the defending Super Bowl champion Chiefs.

The only thing that could make 2020 worse for Jets fans is if they actually win a game and blow their shot at the No. 1 overall draft pick.

The oddsmakers don’t see that happening on Sunday against the 2-3 Dolphins, the Jets’ closest competition for the AFC East cellar.

At FanDuel, DraftKings, FOX Bet, and BetMGM, the visiting Jets are 9.5-point underdogs. It’s even more bleak according to PointsBet and bet365, which have the spread at 10. On the moneyline, DraftKings offers the best return on a Jets victory, paying +335.

Most books have the total at 47 points, though you can find a little variation at BetMGM (46.5) and FanDuel (47.5).

Yes, you can bet on (or against) 0-16

Several of the leading online books have special prop bets on whether a team will finish 0-16, and the Jets and Giants are central to these bets (with the only other winless team right now the Atlanta Falcons).

At FanDuel, you can bet that somebody will finish 0-16, with a payout of +430. Or you can take the “no” on that, but it will cost you -700. At DraftKings, the “no” costs even more, -715, but the “yes” pays out more richly at +490.

Not only are the Giants favored to win on Sunday, but they’ll have four more games within the worst division in the NFL still on their schedule after this, plus a road game against the Bengals. Until they tally a win, 0-16 is technically in play, but it appears highly unlikely.

Same for the Falcons, who have come within a touchdown in three of their five losses and still await games against the Lions, Panthers, and Broncos. They fired coach Dan Quinn this past week, and general opinion holds that they’ll find a way to win one for interim coach Raheem Morris.

Then there’s the Jets. If they don’t beat Miami this Sunday, the only remaining games on their schedule against sub-.500 teams come on Nov. 22 against the Chargers in L.A. and Nov. 29 at home against the Dolphins.

DraftKings offers specific odds on the Jets to go 0-16, with the “yes” at +550 and the “no” at -835. It might make more sense to cut the Giants and Falcons out of the equation and slightly increase the payout.

FOX Bet actually has odds on each of the remaining three winless squads to go 0-16. The Falcons pay +3500, the Giants +2800, and the Jets, though listed at +600, can currently be wagered on at a “boosted” price of +750. Not a bad value for an 11-game pathetic-play parlay.

Playoffs? You kiddin’ me? Playoffs?

FOX Bet has taken the Jets’ playoff odds off the board, while FanDuel will let you bet on them to miss the postseason at the price of -20000. If you have $200 to spare to win a dollar three months from now, go for it.

The Giants are “only” -4000 to miss the playoffs at FanDuel, because, hey, in the NFC East, they’re still just two games out of first place.

One last fun bet to rub in the misery of the 2020 New York/New Jersey football fan experience: DraftKings is offering a “first team to win” prop between the two franchises. The Giants are -335. The Jets are +260. That one just might cash this Sunday.

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Eric Raskin

Eric is a veteran writer, editor, and podcaster in the sports and gaming industries. He was the editor-in-chief of the poker magazine All In for nearly a decade, is the author of the book The Moneymaker Effect, and has contributed to such outlets as ESPN.com, Grantland.com, and Playboy.

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