Pittsburgh Steelers vs New York Jets Picks, Odds, Week 16 Predictions 12/22/2019
Game: Pittsburgh Steelers vs New York Jets
Date: Sunday, December 22, 2019
Location: MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ
Odds/Point Spread: New York +3
MetLife Stadium is the site where Sam Darnold and the New York Jets will play the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. Pittsburgh opens this contest as 3-point favorites. The over/under is set at 38.5. The Steelers are 8-6-0 ATS and 3-11-0 when betting on the total. The Jets are 7-7-0 when wagering on the over/under and 5-9-0 against the spread.
In their last game, the Pittsburgh Steelers faced the Buffalo Bills and took the loss by a score of 17-10. Taking the lead at quarterback for the Steelers was Devlin Hodges who went 23/38 with 202 yards passing and added 1 touchdown. He threw 4 interceptions on the day. James Conner led the team in rushing for that game. He tore off a long run of 17 yards but he never crossed the endzone by way of the rush. He scurried for 42 yards via 8 carries which meant he averaged 5.3 yards per run. James Washington was the leader in receiving yardage with a tally of 83 yards on 5 catches. He averaged 16.6 yards per catch for that game. The Pittsburgh Steelers ran the ball a total of 15 times and added 51 yards giving them an average of 3.4 yards per rushing attempt. Overall, the Steelers earned 15 first downs and they had a total of 6 penalties for 30 yards. In the game, they ran 57 plays which gave them a total of 229 yards. When discussing the defense, Pittsburgh allowed 13 completions on 25 tries for a total of 131 yards, and a completion percentage of 52.0%. For the game, they gave up 261 yards and earned 2 takeaways. Against the run, the Steelers allowed 130 yards on 38 runs which is an average of 3.4 yards per carry allowed. Another matchup you may want to look into is the NFL pick ATS from Guy Bruhn on the Saints vs Titans game.
The Steelers head into this matchup 8-6 for 2019. They are a team that struggles to put points on the board in the AFC North and they will need to step up if they want to have a good offensive output. For total yards, they currently sit at 15th in the conference and 30th among all NFL teams with 4,000 yards. When it comes to scoring touchdowns, the Steelers currently have a total of 17 passing TDs and 6 rushing touchdowns. They are one of lowest scoring teams in the league averaging 19 points per game, ranking them 25th among all NFL teams. As a unit, they have an average of 92 yards on the ground per game which is 13th in the AFC.
The Steelers have one of the best defenses in the league, giving up 18.5 points per game putting them 4th in the AFC. When talking about yards rushing, Pittsburgh is allowing 103.2 yards per game which has them at 2nd in the division and 11th in the league. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 3.7 yards per carry which has them at 2nd in the conference and 3rd in the league overall. In total, they have allowed 1,281 rushing yards through 14 contests. When it comes to yards through the air, the Steelers have conceded 2,858 yards. Teams are completing 61.5% of the throws they are attempting against them and averaging 5.5 yards per try. They have conceded 22 passing TDs and 6 rushing touchdowns.
The last time they took the field, the New York Jets played the Baltimore Ravens and were beaten 42-21. Le'Veon Bell paced the team on the ground for the game. He broke a long run for 15 yards but he wasn't able to run one in for a touchdown. He scurried for 87 yards by way of 21 carries which had him averaging 4.1 yards per tote. Jamison Crowder was the receiving yardage leader with a tally of 90 yards on 6 receptions. He earned an average of 15.0 yards per reception for the game. Taking the lead at quarterback for the Jets was Sam Darnold who went 18/32 with 218 yards passing and threw 2 touchdowns. He walked away with 1 interception on the day. The New York Jets ended up rushing 24 times and racked up 103 yards giving them an average of 4.3 yards per attempt. In the game, the Jets had a total of 13 first downs and they had 8 penalties for 94 yards. On the day, they totaled 57 plays for a total of 310 yards. When it comes to their defensive performance, New York allowed 15 completions on 24 attempts totaling 212 yards, and a completion percentage of 63.0%. On the ground, the Jets allowed 218 yards on 34 runs which is an average of 6.4 yards per run allowed. Overall, they conceded 430 yards but weren't able to force a turnover. Josh Schonwald has a NFL prediction for the game between the Raiders and Chargers.
The Jets come into this matchup with a record of 5-9. In discussing the offensive production, the Jets have one of the most lackluster offenses in the league. In discussing their scoring prowess, the Jets are currently ranked 3rd among AFC East teams and 28th out of all the teams in the league averaging 17.6 points per game. New York is having a year to forget in the ground game by averaging 78 yards on the ground per contest, which has them at 31st among NFL teams. As a team, they have a total of 1,086 rushing yards through 14 contests, so they are going to want to make some changes to the ground game if they want to make teams respect them. The Jets average 274 yards per game overall putting them 31st in the NFL and 16th in the AFC.
The Jets are giving up 24.5 points per contest ranking them 3rd in the AFC East and 20th in the NFL. Their pass defense is one of the middling groups in the NFL. They are allowing 240 passing yards per game. For yards through the air allowed per game, the Jets currently sit at 11th in the AFC. They have allowed 24 passing TDs for the 2019 season. In discussing points given up, they have given up 343 points in total. In terms of rushing yards, they are allowing 89 yards per game ranking them 2nd in the league and 1st among AFC East teams. For the 2019 season, they have conceded 1,243 rushing yards and 12 rushing touchdowns.
Who will win tonight's Steelers/Jets NFL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Steelers -3
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