The New England Patriots are 17-point favorites over the New York Jets, which is an incredible margin. This is only the 7th time that the Patriots have been such large favorites under head coach Bill Belichick.
The other times include four games in 2007 and two games in 2011. The Patriots only covered one of their previous six games. It would be a surprise if the Patriots were able to cover, but they are 6-0 straight up in these games.
The Jets have been 17+ point underdogs just three times in franchise history, but they hold a 2-1 overall record. They lost 20-10 to the Patriots in 2007 as 20.5-point underdogs, but they defeated the almost-dynasty Buffalo Bills 24-17 in Buffalo in 1992 as 17-point underdogs, and they also defeated the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III as 18-point underdogs.
The over/under has been set at 44, which projects to a 30.5-13.5 victory for the Patriots.
Can you predict the score?