NFL Betting Lines Jets vs Colts AFC Wild Card Betting

January 8th, 2011 by

jets vs coltsLast year then rookie QB Mark Sanchez of the then 9-7 New York Jets was instrumental in that team’s Cinderella run in the NFL betting odds playoff action. The Jets entered the postseason as wildcard and won two road games as they qualified for the AFC Championship game. The Jets lost that game to same team they’ll face this weekend in Indianapolis and this team would love to get some revenge.

This year the Jets enter the playoffs with 11-5 record but are still the Wild Card and still have to travel for the playoffs. And Mark Sanchez is still the QB although he’s shown little if any improvement as a starting QB in his sophomore season in the league.

If the Jets are going to beat the Indy Colts (10-6) on their turf in this weekend’s AFC Wild Card game Sanchez has to have the game of his life. And that’s no sure bet.

Kickoff for this Saturday matchup is set for 8:25 Eastern Time and SBG Global Sportsbook opened with the Colts as a 2.5-point favorite with an over/under total at 44.5.

Sanchez performed well last season in the NFL gambling playoff action throwing for 4 TDs and just 2 INTs while finishing with a passer rating over 90.0 in 3 playoff games in ’09. Still, after watching him play in the 2010 regular season there’s little reason to think he’ll be able to duplicate those numbers. For the year Sanchez threw for 3,291 yards, 17 TDs and 13 INTs; not terrible, but certainly not noteworthy.

Against a Colts run D that has been among the best in the NFL the past month Sanchez will have to be superb if the Jets are going to win the road on Saturday? New York’s offense is predicated on the run game (148.4 ypg) and with the Colts run defense stonewalling every opponent they’ve faced over the past month the Jets aren’t likely to have a big day on the ground.

The best defense against Peyton Manning is a good running game and the Jets will certainly try to run the ball. But if they get behind early they’ll have to try the passing game and Sanchez is not exactly the guy you want behind center with your team’s playoff fate in the balance.

The safer bet is on a proven product like Manning leading this team to another sports betting win the playoffs.

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