Saturday is usually reserved for college football, but with the regular season over and the bowl season just starting, the NFL will take center stage in prime time with a Week 15 game featuring the New York Jets visiting Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
The Jets have won three straight coming into this game and need to win to keep pace with other AFC teams battling for the two wildcard spots in the conference. New York currently is tied for the second and final wildcard spot but must continue to win and have Kansas City or Pittsburgh lose again.
The Jets offense, led by quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick is playing very well. The New York signal caller has 24 passes for touchdowns. Both Eric Decker and Brandon Marshall, the top wide receivers are nearly new milestones.
The offense for Dallas is much the opposite. Since losing Tony Romo to a broken collarbone a second time, the Cowboys offense has broken down itself. Top wide receiver Dez Bryant had just one reception in Dallas’ loss of 28-7 to Green Bay.
Devin Smith a wide receiver for New York was lost for the season last week after tearing an ACL and Jeremy Kerley has a calf injury and is questionable.
Bryant said his foot, which he broke in Week 1 was bothering him during the game at Green Bay last weekend. Dallas at 4-9 still has a mathematical chance of reaching the postseason and will not shutdown for the season yet.
Running back Darren McFadden ran for 111 yards on just 9 carries against Green Bay and needs 202 yards the next three weeks to reach 1,000 for the season.
Turnovers are key for the Jets. New York is 6-0 when it forces two turnovers or more this season.
Dallas has scored 14 or fewer points in 5 of its past 9 games.
Latest Line: New York Jets vs Dallas Cowboys
Favorite: Jets -3, Over/Under: 42
New York on the season has an overall record of 8-5 straight up and 7-5 against the spread, while Dallas on the season has a record of 4-9 SU and ATS
The Jets on the road for the season are 2-3 SU and 2-2 ATS, while at home, Dallas has a record of 1-5 SU and ATS.
Lean: The lean here is toward the Jets as they have far more to gain with a win than the lowly Cowboys who needs wins and a great deal of help from the rest of the NFC East teams.