The 2019 NFL regular season has quickly turned into a disaster for the Jets after a brutal 0-4 start, although help does appear to be on the way for Week 6 after Sam Darnold was finally cleared to play after a long battle with mononucleosis. Darnold’s return is fantastic news for the offense, as they only managed to score six points over their last two games combined. In fact, their defense managed to put more points on the scoreboard over that same time span, as they found the end zone twice in the second half against New England back in Week 3.
New York had another poor outing last weekend against Philadelphia, getting crushed 31-6 by the Eagles on the road despite coming off their bye. Luke Falk was just 15-for-26 for 120 yards and no touchdowns while also getting picked off twice. Philadelphia also scored two defensive touchdowns off of turnovers after the Patriots defense pulled off a similar feat against the Jets back in Week 3. Star RB Le’Veon Bell continued to struggle on the ground thanks to the non-existent passing attack, averaging just 2.9 yards per carry on 15 rushing attempts. Recently acquired Demaryius Thomas led the way for the receiving corps, making four catches for only 47 yards.
The lengthy absence of Darnold combined with Falk’s inability to find any sort of success at the NFL-level has had a major impact on many New York Jets betting markets, including their chances at winning the AFC East. After heading into their bye at +3200, they have now plummeted all the way to +16000. The Jets also moved to +1200 to make the playoffs while their season win total over under prop fell from 5.5 games to 5.0 games. However, with Darnold slated to return here in Week 6, New York futures market could improve slightly with a solid performance by the offense on Sunday.
Things certainly don’t get any easier after facing New England and Philadelphia back to back, as the Jets will now host the NFC East leading Dallas Cowboys on Sunday afternoon. As things sit right now, the Jets are 7.5 point underdogs in a game that features a 43 point total. It will certainly be interesting to see if Sam Darnold shows any signs of rust in his first start in several weeks, especially against a Cowboys defense that will be extremely hungry after an embarrassing home loss to Green Bay in Week 5.
Prop Bets for Darnold and Bell Are No Longer Realistic
After missing three consecutive starts, Sam Darnold still remains at +10000 in the race for “Most Regular Season Passing Yards” as it appears those are the highest odds available for action at most books. The bigger news is that Le’Veon Bell’s odds to take down the “Most Regular Season Rushing Yards” award have completely fallen off a cliff after several poor outings, as Bell has moved from +2600 prior to Week 5 all the way to +10000 after he failed to gain even 50 rushing yards against a very tough Eagles run defense.