New York Jets vs Minnesota Vikings Odds, Spread, Preview: NFL Week 13 Predictions

Jets vs Vikings matchup preview and current betting lines

If someone had told you that a New York Jets vs. Minnesota Vikings game in Week 13 could have some strong playoff implications, chances are you wouldn’t have believed it. But hey, here we are, and the New York Jets are legit playoff contenders, especially now that they’ve moved on from Zach Wilson, at least for the season.

The Jets have played outstanding defense this season. Robert Saleh has finally established his stout defensive mindset, and rookie CB Sauce Gardner looks like a generational talent and a superstar in the making. He’s a lock to win Defensive Rookie of the Year.

The Minnesota Vikings, on the other hand, have been a much better team than most analysts predicted. However, they haven’t been able to bounce back and get back into games when they’ve been blown out in their two losses, which is a worrisome trend.

There will always be some major concerns about Kirk Cousins, but he’s sure made some strides this season and has beaten some contending teams. Still, the Vikings’ biggest strength will continue to be its running game, spearheaded by superstar running back Dalvin Cook.

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Players to watch:

Garrett Wilson: Garrett Wilson must be delighted after Zach Wilson was demoted to a bench role. He thrived with Joe Flacco and Mike White, and it’s evident that the New York Jets’ passing game is much better when Wilson isn’t on the gridiron.

Justin Jefferson: Justin Jefferson has proven to be one of the best wideouts in the past two decades already. He’s made the Steffon Diggs trade look good, and he’s must-watch television, even with Kirk Cousins as his quarterback.

Week 13 Predictions: NFL Bet of the week on Jets vs Vikings

Vikings -3

The opening Jets vs Vikings spread has the home side favored by a field goal, which speaks volumes as to how much better the New York Jets could be with Mike White, Joe Flacco, or any quarterback not named Zach Wilson. It’s hard, but it’s the truth.

Wilson held the team’s promising offense back. Now, they can establish the run with James Robinson, and they have more than enough weapons in the passing game to make a big stride. That’s why oddsmakers expect this to be a close game.

But this is also a statement of how undervalued and underrated the Minnesota Vikings have been this season. They’re 9-2 for a reason, so it’s not like this team has sat at the top of the NFC North for most of the season out of pure chance and luck.

The Vikings are a solid defensive team and continue to improve in that regard every single week. They also have a nice set of offensive weapons in Justin Jefferson, Adam Thielen, TJ Hockerson, and Dalvin Cook. They have the most talented team and the home-field advantage.

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Under 45.5

The opening Jets vs Vikings odds have the game total sitting at 45.5 points, which makes perfect sense. The Minnesota Vikings have thrived off their defense and their running game, so we don’t expect this game to be a shootout by any means.

Of course, the New York Jets will be a much better offensive team with a different quarterback under center. I mean, there’s just no way they could do any worse. But once again, they know they’ll have a better chance at winning if they establish the running game.

All things considered, we’re talking about two defensive-minded coaches that know this game could have some dire postseason implications. They won’t be overly-aggressive by any means as they look to avoid costly mistakes that could hurt them down the line.

So, we’re looking at a game that’s not likely to feature many big or explosive plays other than Justin Jefferson’s usual highlight reels and James Robinson’s signature tackle-breaking run. The clock will keep running with long, somewhat boring drives, thus favoring the under.

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