The most recent “Thursday Night Football” game was the first competitive Thursday game of the 2014 NFL season. When the New England Patriots (4-2) host the New York Jets (1-5) in Week 7, though, fans might be treated to another blowout.
In a divisional matchup between first and last place teams, the betting line is the largest of the Week 7 schedule. The Patriots, who are coming off two blowout wins, are giving nearly 10 points to the Jets, who are on a downward spiral with five straight losses.
New England has dominated New York in the last six meetings between the teams, winning five of the matchups. The Jets, however, were victorious in the last game, beating the Patriots, 30-27, in overtime.
Not only have the Jets been losing in 2014, but their games haven’t bene very close. None of their defeats have come by fewer than seven points, and the Jets are the only NFL team that failed to cover a point spread, according to vegasinsider.com.
The Patriots remain heavy favorites despite two major losses in their most recent win. Both linebacker Jerod Mayo and Stevan Ridley suffered injuries that will keep them out for the remainder of the season.
Before undergoing surgery on his torn patellar tendon, Mayo was arguably the team’s best defensive player. He leads New England with 53 total tackles, which is more than double the number of tackles by the No.2 player on the defense.
Ridley leaves a hole at running back, after leading the team with 340 rushing yards. Brandon Bolden, who only has 15 carries for 25 yards, is expected to split time with Shane Vereen.
The Jets have received good news on the injury front. Eric Decker appears to be finally getting over his hamstring injury, which has hampered him for most of the season. He’s listed as probable, along with linebacker David Harris, whose shoulder sprain isn’t expected to keep him out.
New England's Darrelle Revis is healthy, and expected to play his first game against his former team. The cornerback has one interception and three pass deflections in 2014.
Start Time: 8:25 p.m. ET
Point Spread: Patriots by 9.5 points
Over/Under: 44.5 points
TV Channel: CBS and NFL Network will have a simulcast
Live Online Stream: A live online stream is available at NFL Network here
Prediction: New England 31, New York 13