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Seattle Seahawks vs. New York Jets: Betting Odds, Analysis, NFL Pick

OddsShark.com@@OddsSharkFeatured ColumnistSeptember 29, 2016

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) is assisted off the field after being brought down against the San Francisco 49ers in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Ted S. Warren/Associated Press

Playing on the road is always tough in the NFL, and flying three time zones to play can take a toll. Nonetheless, the Seattle Seahawks are 9-6 straight up and 9-5-1 against the spread over their last 15 trips to the Eastern time zone. Seattle heads east Sunday to battle the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium.

         

Point Spread: The Seahawks opened as 3.5-point favorites; the total was 40.5 earlier in the week, according to sportsbooks monitored by Odds Shark (line updates and matchup report).

NFL Pick, per Odds Shark: 19-19.6 Jets (NFL picks on every game).

          

Why the Seahawks Can Cover the Spread

Seattle is 2-1 on the season after disposing of the San Francisco 49ers 37-18 in Week 3. The Seahawks jumped out to a 14-0 lead, scoring touchdowns on their first two possessions before pushing to 24-3 at the half and then extended that to 37-3 in the fourth quarter.

Seattle outgained San Francisco 418-254, and most of the 49ers' yardage came after the outcome had been decided. Seahawks running back Christine Michael, who went into the game with just over 500 rushing yards for his career, ran 20 times for 106 yards and two touchdowns.

Sunday's result was a welcome turnaround for Seattle after losing to the Los Angeles Rams by a score of 9-3 the week before. Quarterback Russell Wilson suffered what looked like a terrible leg injury, but he's been practicing, and it appears he'll start.

         

Why the Jets Can Cover the Spread

The Jets are riding the NFL roller coaster, down one week and up the next. They opened the season with a tough one-point loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. New York won on the road against the Buffalo Bills in Week 2 but lost to the Kansas City Chiefs 24-3 last time out.

Gang Green fell down 17-3 at the half in Missouri, as the Chiefs' first three scores were all set up by Jets turnovers, including a fumble return on a kickoff. New York then reached the Kansas City 5-yard line midway through the third quarter, but quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick threw an interception in the end zone.

A series later, the Jets drove to the Chiefs' 6-yard line, but Fitzpatrick threw another pick in the end zone. And one series after that, Fitzpatrick threw a pick-six. On the day, the New York quarterback threw six interceptions.

The Jets actually outgained Kansas City 305-293, outrushing the Chiefs 117-72. Without the two Kansas City defensive/special teams scores, that's a 10-3 game.

       

Smart Pick

Which Seattle team will show up: the one that dominated San Francisco, or the one that scored three points against the Rams? Meanwhile, New York can look bad, but it's still outrushed each of its three opponents this season. If they avoid the turnovers, the Jets might win this game outright.

        

Betting Trends

The Seahawks are 0-5 SU in their last five games on the road against the Jets.

The Jets are 5-0-1 ATS in their last six games against teams with winning records.

The Seahawks are 1-5-1 ATS in their last seven games in October.

        

All NFL betting lines and point spreads data relayed by Bleacher Report’s official odds partner, Odds Shark. All quotes gathered firsthand unless otherwise noted. Check out Twitter for injury and line updates and Odds Shark YouTube for picks and analysis, or download the free odds tracker app.

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