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Atlanta Falcons vs. New York Jets Pick & Prediction AUGUST 22nd 2022

NFL | FOOTBALL
TV: ESPN
Logo Atlanta Falcons
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Logo New York Jets
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OPENNER
42.5

43.5o -110
CURRENT

-213
MONEYLINE
+173

16
SCORE
24

The Atlanta Falcons started their preseason 1-0 with a win over the Detroit Lions. There were a few players that stood out to us in that 27-23 win, which we'll go over below.

The main point is that the Falcons' offense looked spectacular. Their defense had a few struggles, but facing the  New York Jets should help them iron out some kinks. It's also not surprising that they're the favorites.

The New York Jets are also 1-0 to start the preseason after a win over the Philadelphia Eagles. They have another NFC opponent on Monday night when they face the Falcons.

The Jets' offense put up 24 points in their preseason Week 1 victory. We'll have to see if they can bring forth that same effort in Week 2. Today, we'll go over both teams and make our pick.

Falcons vs. Jets Betting Lines (Preseason)

TV: NFL Network

MONEY LINE: Falcons (-135) vs. Jets (+115)

SPREAD: Falcons -2 (-110) vs. Jets +2 (-110)

GAME TOTAL: Over 38.5 (-115) vs. Under 38.5 (-105)

Falcons vs. Jets Preview, Trends and Stats

The Atlanta Falcons offense put on quite the show against Detroit last week. Before we get into statistics, we'd also remind you that the Falcons were on the road then too. Being able to travel and have a strong offensive performance is something they'll want to repeat.

The best player in last week's game, in our opinion, was Desmond Ridder. Ridder went 10 for 22, throwing 103 yards and two touchdowns. As a rookie quarterback, Ridder showed a strong understanding of Atlanta's offense. Not only that, he showed he can read defenses well.

We expect to see a lot from Ridder again in Week 2 of the preseason. You should also remember that Ridder led the team in rushing yards with 59 on six carries. Being able to extend drives with his legs, Ridder's control of the offense puts Atlanta in a good position.

The New York Jets offense performed better as the game went on. They scored 14 of their 24 points in the fourth quarter, which is how they won the game. They were down 14-10 when the fourth quarter started and were able to still earn a victory.

Throughout the game, everything was pretty, even between them and the Eagles. The Jets earned yards of total offense and surrendered only one turnover. Both teams tied in first downs with 18, and the time of possession was split 29:08 (Jets) to 30:52 (Eagles).

The problem we see for the Jets is that their defense gave up 14 points in the first quarter. This was the closest thing to the starting defense, which is a cause for concern. If they play that loosely against the Falcons, they'll likely lose this game.

Falcons vs. Jets Pick

When making our pick for this game, there are a few things to consider. The first is the starting defense of the Jets.

They got better as the game went on but surrendering 14 points in the first quarter is an awful start. This is especially true after seeing how quickly the Falcons' offense started last week.

Because of this, we're going to take the Atlanta Falcons on the road again. The Falcons have the better offense, and we trust their defense to perform late in the game. They're only two-point favorites, so there's not a large spread to cover either.

Final Score: 26-21 (Falcons)

EXTRA POINTS

1. Atlanta is 6-2-1 ATS in their last nine games on the road.

2. The total has gone OVER in 4 of the New York Jets' last five games.

3. The New York Jets are 3-8 SU in their last 11 games.

Best Bet: Atlanta Falcons -2 (-110) and Over 38.5 (-115)

PREDICTION
Atlanta Falcons
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17
New York Jets
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