Sam Darnold via Keith Allison [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)]

Thursday Night Football: Week 15 Preview, NYJ at BAL

Thursday Night Football on FOX will have the likely 2019 MVP take the field and battle a team that’s hard to figure out.

Thursday Night Football

New York Jets at Baltimore Ravens

M&T Bank Stadium

Baltimore, MD

Betting

The spread has moved from Ravens -14.0 to Ravens -17.0 and that number has been holding since. The Ravens might be the best team in the NFL and the Jets are the exact opposite. That being said, I like the Jets +17.0 (-110) as that spread is huge for a Ravens team that chews clock most of the time. Less time in the game, less time to put up points. As for the total,  O/U 45.0 (-110) has been the mark since opening. Piggybacking off of my last point, the UNDER would be my pick for Thursday Night Football. I don’t love it, that’s why I’m not playing the total but that would be my choice if I had to play it.

Injuries

Lamar Jackson is questionable for Thursday Night Football! Pump the breaks, he’s expected to play without limitations.

Jackson likely will not have his blindside protector as Ronnie Stanley is doubtful to suit up tonight. The only other starter with an injury tag is TE Mark Andrews but he is expected to play just like his MVP QB.

The Jets have nearly everyone listed on the injury report so he’s a quick rundown for the starters:

OUT: Chuma Edoga, Ryan Griffin

DOUBTFUL: Jamal Adams, Arthur Maulet, Quinnen Williams

QUESTIONABLE: Kelvin Beachum, Demaryius Thomas, Henry Anderson, Steve McLendon and running backs Bilal Powell and Ty Montgomery.

Ravens Offense vs. Jets Defense

Lamar Jackson is just unfair. He only needs like 40 yards to surpass Michael Vick for the most rushing yards by a QB in a season and there are 3 games left in the season! Pair Jackson with fellow Heisman winner Mark Ingram and the Ravens are averaging OVER 200 RUSHING YARD PER GAME. That is just a crazy stat as rushing the ball for that amount of yardage is unprecedented. If it weren’t for their injury-riddled defense, I’d think the Jets had a chance of slowing the Ravens down tonight. But, alas, the Jets will likely field a bunch of backups and allow significantly more than their average 76.0 rushing yards allowed per game. Jackson won’t have to throw often but he’ll still get his numbers as Mark Andrews and Marquise Brown will bounce back to have strong games against this poor Jets team.

Jets Offense vs. Ravens Defense

Sam Darnold cannot decide if he wants to be good or not. One of the more hit-and-miss QB’s in the NFL, Darnold has not lived up to his draft status. Thankfully for him and the Jets, Le’Veon Bell returns from injury to give the Jets their #1 option on offense. If Bell is not carrying or catching the ball out of the backfield, Darnold is finding Jamison Crowder out of the slot for easy yardage. With Brandon Carr covering him, I suspect Crowder to have a fairly easy time getting separation. If Marcus Peters is on him though, he’ll probably stay with Robby Anderson, he won’t be nearly as successful in the passing game.

Sam Darnold via Keith Allison [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)] for Thursday Night Football
Sam Darnold via Keith Allison [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)]

Predictions

Jets: 14

Ravens: 31

Guaranteed Touchdown Scorer: Mark Ingram

Dart Throw Touchdown Scorer: Gus Edwards

Best Fantasy QB: Lamar Jackson, he’s the league MVP so this is easy.

Lamar Jackson via Office of the Maryland Governor on Flickr [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)] for Thursday Night Football
Lamar Jackson via Office of the Maryland Governor on Flickr [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)]

Better Fantasy RB: Mark Ingram, the Ravens should have the lead early which means plenty of work for Ingram.

Better Fantasy WR: Jamison Crowder, Darnold is going to have to throw often so his #1 target will be a PPR beast tonight.

Best Fantasy TE: Mark Andrews, with Ryan Griffin going on IR Andrews is the best player at TE.

Mark Andrews via Keith Allison from Hanover, MD, USA [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)] for Thursday Night Football
Mark Andrews via Keith Allison from Hanover, MD, USA [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)]

Better Fantasy D/ST: Ravens, and it’s not even close.

Conclusion

Who do you think wins tonight on Thursday Night Football? Will the Jets shock the world and pull off the upset tonight? Let me know in the comments below! Also, check out the shop and other content by clicking here. Oh, and there’s also a giveaway going on.

-Mitchell Seefeldt

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