NFL Free Pick: NYJ/SEA
The mission is simple for the New York Jets: Win out and head to the playoffs. The Jets head to Seattle to take on the Seahawks for their first of two remaining games.
Our team of writers and handicappers break down the matchup and hand out a Free NFL Pick for Week 16.
Oddsmakers from online sports book Sportsbook.com have made the Jets –4.5 point spread favorite. The over/under for this game has been set at 42 total points.
Key Trend: The total has gone under in four of Seattle’s last five games at home. The Jets are 7-3 against the spread in their last 10 games on the road and 4-1 against the number in their last five games when playing Seattle.
Key Stat: The Jets are averaging 27.5 points per game this year while the Seahawks are averaging just 18.6 New York has also averaged 207.3 passing yards while Seattle is averaging just 157.1.
Game Outlook: Buck the game trends, stats and everything else – call this our straight up upset of the week. The Jets have failed to cover the number in each of their last three games and lost outright to the Chargers, Raiders and 49ers this year on the road. They have not figured out how to compete out west this year and haven’t looked good in any game since beating the previously unbeaten Tennessee Titans a month ago. The last time the Jets traveled west, the 49ers stunned them in San Francisco. We know Seattle has nothing to play for in terms of the postseason, but they’ll have plenty of motivation with this being Mike Holmgren’s final game at Qwest Field. Call it a hunch, but the Seahawks look like a solid play against a struggling Jets team trying to hang onto their playoff hopes. For the rest of our Free NFL Pick, see below.
Our Free NFL Pick for the Week 16 matchup between the New York Jets and Seattle Seahawks game is
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS +4.5
TheSpread.com Projected Final Score
Seattle Seahawks 20
New York Jets 17
We also predict that this game will GO UNDER THE TOTAL (42 Sports Interaction.com) SET BY ODDSMAKERS
Posted: 12/22/08 11:00AM ET