In terms of the Week 3 NFL games with the most interest across the legal sports betting landscape, the New York Jets vs. Indianapolis Colts game would be one of them. Really just because New Jersey and Indiana are among the states with sports betting. Otherwise, this is the type of game that most people would skip over in search of something more compelling.
Betting on sports serves many purposes, but adding intrigue and interest to games that you otherwise wouldn’t give a darn about is at the top of the list. Of course, for residents of New York, New Jersey, and Indiana, being a fan is enough of a reason to have interest, though that interest is probably already waning for Jets fans as the “Tank for Trevor” mantra is alive and well.
Fortunately, or unfortunately depending on how you look at it, betting on the NFL is rarely as cut and dry as simply picking a winner. That can be done with the money line, but you would only win $1 for every $5.27 that you bet on the Colts to win the game at BetMGM Sportsbook, so that seems like a pretty disappointing return on investment.
On the plus side, you’d win $4.20 for every $1 wagered on the Jets to win the game at BetMGM. That number seems awful fitting for how most Jets fans will get through Sunday’s game.
The spread is the great equalizer, though. Right now, the Colts are an 11-point favorite. Is that enough? Too much? Too little? That is what bettors have to determine with regards to this game. Will Indianapolis blow out the J-E-T-S Jets, Jets, Jets or will the hapless heroes of East Rutherford band together and play well enough to cover the spread?
We’ll start by saying this. The Colts are 0-2 ATS as a double-digit favorite since they last covered a game in that role in Week 12 of 2014. Two games is a small sample size, but it does speak to how rare this type of two-score role is for the Colts. They’ve moved the ball well through their first two games. The defense played substantially better last week against the Vikings. Maybe they’re in a good position to do that.
The Jets are loaded with injuries, too. Their IR list reads like the white pages and they have nine players listed as questionable, including key offensive linemen like Mekhi Becton and Connor McGovern and then key skill players like Jamison Crowder and Kalen Ballage. A bunch of guys are listed on the injury report in the secondary with Ashtyn Davis, Nate Hairston, and Quincy Wilson.
How should BetMGM New Jersey and BetMGM Indiana customers bet Jets vs. Colts in Week 3? Based on the injury report for the Jets and their year-to-date performance, another double-digit loss seems likely. However, the best bet in this game looks like it could be the under at 43.5.
The Jets defense has played admirably through two games. Eighty of San Francisco’s 182 rushing yards came on Raheem Mostert’s touchdown run in last week’s game. Otherwise, the 49ers didn’t exactly move the ball with ease. Nothing comes easy for the Jets offense, as we know. Their 1.36 points per drive ranks 32nd in the NFL and the Colts do have a fast and productive defense.
The Jets have already allowed 11 red zone trips, but only six touchdowns. The Colts are only 4-for-9 on their red zone trips.
The under 43.5 looks like the way to go at BetMGM Sportsbook this week between the Jets and Colts.