Jets Looking to Reverse Embarrassing Trend on Thursday Night Football

Tyler Maher
The New York Jets are looking to reverse an embarrassing trend on Thursday Night Football.
The New York Jets are looking to reverse an embarrassing trend on Thursday Night Football. / ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Week 16 brings a massive game for the New York Jets. Not only are they playing in primetime on Thursday Night Football, but they also desperately need a win to keep their playoff hopes alive. The Jets have fallen to 7-7 after losing three straight games, slipping to last place in the AFC East in the process.

New York is looking to end another embarrassing streak on Thursday night as well.

New York Jets Thursday Night Football

Coming into Thursday's contest, the Jets have lost their last seven primetime games. That's the longest active streak in the NFL. Their last primetime win was against the lowly Detroit Lions during Week 1 of the 2018 season, back when New York had a different promising young quarterback by the name of Sam Darnold.

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The Jets have repeatedly come up short in primetime since then, which isn't surprising given the team's overall struggles during that period. New York is just 24-55 since the beginning of 2018 and has yet to finish with a winning record, extending the franchise's postseason drought to 11 seasons and counting.

Thursday presents an opportunity to flip that narrative against Trevor Lawrence and the Jacksonville Jaguars, who are also in the playoff hunt. Current Jets QB Zach Wilson went immediately after Lawrence in the 2021 NFL Draft and could really use a signature win to validate New York's investment in him.

The Jets will have their work cut out for them against a Jaguars team that's won three of its last four games against the Baltimore Ravens, Tennessee Titans and Dallas Cowboys -- all likely playoff teams. Even so, New York is still listed as a 2.5-point home favorite versus Jacksonville on FanDuel Sportsbook's NFL odds.

Game odds refresh periodically and are subject to change.

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