NFL New York Jets at Dallas (Sunday) Preview and Pick for NFL Sunday
Updated: September 26, 2023
NFL New York Jets at Dallas (Sunday)
A pair of 1-0 teams meet in Dallas Sunday afternoon, the New York Jets visiting the Cowboys. Ironically, both teams won their games at the Meadowlands.
New York concluded Week 1 with an improbable overtime win over the Buffalo Bills. that was one night after the ‘Boys embarrassed the New York Giants.
Of course, the issues surrounding the Jets involve the season-ending Achilles tear suffered by quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Gang Green was expected to take a huge leap this season.
What’s in store now is anyone’s guess.
Dallas eviscerated the Giants Sunday night, 40-0. It was the worst shutout loss in history of that NFC East rivalry. Dallas isn’t favored to win the division, but…
Rodgers’ injury, meanwhile, has certainly moved the needle, with the Cowboys listed as beefy 9½-point favorites (total at 39½), according to NFL odds.
Moneyline is Dallas at -475, while the Jets are priced at +360.
Back to Zach
The New York Jets thought they had the quarterback to them to the Super Bowl this season. Instead, Aaron Rodgers lasted just four plays before tearing his Achilles.
Though inconsistent, Zach Wilson (140 passing yards, one touchdown) replaced Rodgers and was able to help the Jets defeat the visiting Buffalo Bills, 22-16 in overtime. Wilson didn’t scare too many opponents when he was starting, and it’s his team once again unless and/or until New York brings in a veteran.
There are weapons offensively, including running back Breece Hall (10 carries, 127 yards against the Bills). Expect Hall to get a ton of work in his game.
The Jets have one of the best secondaries in the league. It was safety Jordan Whitehead intercepting Buffalo’s Josh Allen thrice as New York (and a self-inflicting Buffalo offense) limited the Bills to 16 points in the opener. It will be more difficult in this game.
‘Boys Were Flawless
There were many things to praise in the Dallas Cowboys' 40-0 road emasculation of the New York Giants Sunday evening. Dallas surrendered just 218 yards of total offense in that game, great at pilfering the ball as well (a pair of interceptions [including a pick-six] and five forced fumbles [though only one recovery]).
Linebacker Micah Parsons, with a Sunday sack, remains one of the best defensive players in the league. Expect him to repeatedly pressure Wilson.
Quarterback Dak Prescott was just 13-of-24 (143 yards) against the Giants, but didn’t really need to do that much as his mates took early control of that game. Tony Pollard had 14 carries and 70 yards, as he’s the featured back in the offense.
Lay the Number
While the New York Jets have a defense that can limit anyone, it’s not going to be pretty on offense. New York was able to surprise a sloppy Buffalo team in the opener. That’s not going to happen in this game.
Dallas is another defense that’s among the best in the league, but with an offense that can percolate in a hurry. Perhaps New York keeps it close early, but not capable of going on the road and beating a team that’s solid.
Take the Dallas Cowboys -9½ in here.
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