The New York Jets are a 2-1 team, but they are the most precarious 2-1 team that you have probably ever seen. QB Mark Sanchez is under fire. The defense hasn’t been able to man up and stop anyone this year, and now, DB Darrelle Revis has a torn ACL and is finished for the rest of the season. The timing just couldn’t be any worse for the San Francisco 49ers to come to MetLife Stadium, but that’s exactly what is happening here in Week 4.
The Jets have only covered one game against the Niners dating back to 1983, and that game didn’t exactly go according to plan. New York forced overtime as an 8 ½-point underdog in 1998, only to see the game end one play into the extra frame on a 90-yard touchdown. The Jets also only have one SU victory to their credit over the 49ers since that point as well. That victory came in 2004 by a 22-14 margin, one that wasn’t nearly good enough to cover the 9 ½-point spread for NFL picks. That year, San Francisco finished just 2-14 and with the worst record in the league.
The Jets have always struggled offensive against the Niners. The boys from the Big Apple have averaged just 17.7 points per game over the course of the last three meetings, all of which have ended in covers for San Francisco. In the most recent meeting of these clubs in 2008, New York mustered just a total of 182 yards and 14 points.
The 49ers are coming off of a bad loss on the road to the Minnesota Vikings, but many still believe that they are the best team in football. They opened up the week at -3 ½-, but after the news of Revis’ injury broke, they stormed up to -4 ½, and the line continues to rise.