With under a week to go until the Jets kick off their 2017 season in Orchard Park, the football world isn’t thinking too highly of the team, as you would probably expect.
As of September 4th, the Jets are listed as nine point underdogs to the Bills for their Week 1 matchup, according to Sportsline. The game’s current nine point spread is tied with the Steelers over the Browns for the highest of the week.
While the Jets certainly seem primed to struggle this year, nine points to the Bills seems like a bit much. The Bills could be starting rookie Nathan Peterman at quarterback as Tyrod Taylor’s status for the game is up in the air. This is also a team that has recently seemed to be making every effort to retool for the future. They traded away key starters Sammy Watkins and Ronald Darby, while losing Robert Woods, Stephon Gilmore, and Mike Gillislee through free agency. Their listed starters at wide receiver are Jordan Matthews and rookie Zay Jones.
Regardless, this does show how the team is viewed right now. The Bills do not have the look of a contending team, yet they still are the most favored team of the week over the Jets.
What do you think? Are the Jets properly listed as nine point underdogs?