The Jets were 7.5-point favorites for Sunday's game against the Bills, a team that had scored only 20 points combined in its last three games and was on a four-game losing streak. Buffalo was starting a quarterback who hadn't thrown a regular-season pass since 2016.
The Jets couldn't lose.
And then they lost by 31 points.
Don't expect oddsmakers to make them a favorite against the rest of the season -- unless they are extenuating circumstances.
When asked when he could envision the Jets being a favorite again this season, Ed Salmons, an oddsmaker at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook wrote in a text: "Only two games would be at Bills (no guarantee), and if Packers are out of the playoffs. (Aaron) Rodgers could sit that game, and the Jets would be favored."
(Former Browns quarterback DeShone Kizer is Rodgers' backup, for the record.)
The Jets, who have lost four in a row after a 3-3 start, play one more game against a team that currently has a losing record -- Week 14 in Buffalo against a Bills team that is 3-7 but just walloped them at MetLife Stadium. The Jets have won just once in Buffalo since 2012.
The Packers (4-4-1), who visit MetLife Stadium the day before Christmas Eve, could have a losing record after their game in Seattle tonight.
The Jets also have two games against the Patriots (7-3), a road game in Tennessee (5-4) and a visit from the Texans (6-3) on a Saturday afternoon.
New York has won only two road games since the start of last season, so there's virtually zero percent chance they'd be favored in New England or Nashville.
The Jets are 1-2 straight up and against the spread this season as a favorite, with the only win coming Week 6 against the Colts.
They were road favorites twice last year -- beating the winless Browns, 17-14, laying 1.5 points, and losing to the Broncos, 23-0, giving a point.